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Intel puts Xeon processors in laptops for the first time

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August 11, 2015

For the first time ever, Intel said today it is putting its venerable Xeon processors into laptops.

The chip giant hopes this will be a significant performance boost and marketing opportunity for the company.

This is not only because the processors are faster but also because they will feature the faster Thunderbolt 3 system, with USB Type-C ports that support the full 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Generation two transfer speeds.

Intel Xeons were originally designed for enterprise servers and workstations, but the company explains that it is seeing growing demand from designers, content creators, engineers and architects, in particular the need to support 4k video.

Itís a vibrant part of the market as people move from standard laptops to either tablets or to notebooks with more capabilities and speedier CPUs.

And with desktop sales continuing their steady downward slope, itís the logical move for Intel if it wants to maintain its lead in the multi-billion dollar chip business.

Intel quotes IDCís most recent report on mobile workstation utilization which showed that the quarter ending in June 2015 was the 6th straight quarter of year-over-year mobile workstation unit growth.

The new processors are the Intel Xeon E3-1500-M v5 product family, based on the next generation Skylake architecture.

The Intel 'Mobile' Xeon has error-correcting code memory that automatically detects and repairs errors on-the-fly, plus hardware-assisted security, manageability, and productivity using Intel's new proprietary vPro system.

Intel is actively touting Skylake with plans for tablets and a recent gaming announcement.

Intel isnít giving any details just yet of what flavor of Xeon is going into the E3-1500-M family. Its Xeons will run all the way up to 18 cores.

However, given that the recently announced Core i7-6700-K kicks out 95 watts of heat, we obviously canít expect anything quite as huge and 'hot' in laptops.

Source: Intel Corp.

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