Intel plans to launch its next-generation Core processors, code-named “Broadwell” by the end of 2014. The first to arrive will be a low-power, 14nm chip aimed at 2-in-1 tablets. It’s called the Intel Core M and to encourage device makers to build tablets based on the platform, Intel has introduced a reference design for a 2-in-1 tablet, code-named “Llama Mountain.”
The 12.5 inch tablet measures 0.28 inches(7.2mm) thick and weighs 1.48 pounds (670 grams) while the 10 inch model is even smaller, at 0.27 inches (6.8mm) thick and 1.2 pounds (550 grams).
Both tablets are designed to work with keyboard docks which let you use them as notebooks.While detailed specs aren’t yet available, Intel says the 12.5 inch tablet has a 2560 x 1440 pixel display from Sharp… which suggests that it could be an IGZO display.
While the Core M chip isn’t yet shipping, there are plenty of 2-in-1 systems on the market, and Intel says it sees 3 times more designs in the works this year than during the same period last year — and about half of them are expected to sell for $700 or less.