The Consumer Electronics Show is just a few days away and we have already started hearing rumours of what products will be launched. We have already seen what is expected in the smartphones and wearables categories. Today we will take a look at what the computing giants Intel and AMD have up their sleeves.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will be giving the keynote address and we have already heard from him that Intel is going to launch some wearable products. Quark family of low power processors was announced at the Intel Developer Forum last year and it looks like Intel will announce some products which are based on this family of its low power processor family. As of now, some of these Quark chips have found their way into heating and air conditioning systems in Europe.
Intel announced Quark for wearables at IDF (Image credit: AnandTech)
“Our view is that Quark can make almost everything smart,” Krzanich said. “We’ll show you some things that you would never have thought could become smart and communicate.” Well, let's just hope it isn't something as ordinary as a regular smartwatch.
Krzanich also mentioned innovations in the tablet space, promising new usability and functions in that segment. He mentioned bringing more to the table as far as imaging went. Whether it will be a new type of camera or image processing tools, only time will tell.
Expect to see some tablets and 2-in-1s with these processors within
In case you were wondering if Intel is planning to slow down the speed on its processor-based conventional devices such as laptops and ultrabooks you are mistaken. Come CES 2014 and you will most likely see a range of notebooks, 2-in-1 devices and tablets from many of Intel's partners. Intel is expected to launch its entry-level Bay Trail (Android only) platform in the first quarter of 2014, so expect a flurry of $99 tablets and hybrid devices to be showcased.
Intel also plans to push its Bay Trail-M and Haswell-Y platforms for 2-in-1 devices prices above $599. Broadwell-Y which is expected to come out in the second half of 2014 and will be included in 2-in-1s with screen sizes of 11.6-inches and above, may also be showcased at CES.
Intel is planning to release a dual-OS system
Intel is also planning to come out with a 'Dual-OS' system. The system is internally known as “Dual OS”. Intel says that Android would run inside of Windows thanks to virtualization software. This would allow Windows and Android apps side-by-side without the need to reboot the machine or a switch.
AMD's next generation APU codenamed Kaveri has already leaked online and is expected to launch around Januarty 13-14th. Based on the Steamroller architecture and the 28nm manufacturing process, the Kaveri APU will be the first APU to feature heterogeneous unified memory architecture (hUMA) feature which allows the processor and graphics memory to share addresses. It promises more compute power by sharing load with the GPU. We should expect to see demo products sporting the new APU at CES 2014.
Leaked AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU
AMD has also unveiled its Beema and Mullins APUs for fanless tablets, 2-in-1s and notebooks at its November APU13 Developer Sumit. Expect devices sporting these low power APUs to be demoed as well. Also MSI is expected to showcase an AMD Kabini-based tablet named W20 and an AMD-configured S12T touchscreen laptop.