4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor

About the 4th Generation New Technology – Overview

The latest Intel® platform provides some major improvements on power and time responsiveness, creating driving innovations on form factor and delivering more excellent media capabilities than the 3rd generation platform. Here are the key messages for the latest generation new technologies:

Green, New Advanced Power-Saving System

The Intel® 4th generation platform provides power improvements of around 50% compared to the former one. One of the major reasons is that the 4th generation moves the CPU voltage regulator off of the motherboard and into the CPU package, creating a Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator or FIVR. Secondly, this is a far more efficient design with the use of “enhanced” tri-gate transistors, current leakage has been reduced by 2 to 3 times versus the 3rd generation.

CPPM, a new framework which reduces platform idle power, allows safe usage of deep, long latency platform power management states by new bus extensions. The 4th generation processor and PCH will include embedded power control modules, which promises that the architecture would deliver a 30% reduction in processor power consumption compared to the 2nd generation CPU. Moreover, new power management framework that extends beyond the processor itself promises a twenty-fold reduction in overall platform power consumption. For the ULT sku, Intel® would permit ten days of idle, but connected usage, on a single charge, potentially making the generation a turning point for Intel® on more power saving related applications.

Overclocking On the 4th Generation Platform

Intel® provides all new overclocking features on the 4th generation processors. These new overclocking features give users the most stable and highest overclocks achievable on their hardware. An overclock usually takes a user to reboot his system and to make specific adjustments through the BIOS in able to achieve a stable overclock. With previous generation, users can change CPU and iGPU frequencies and settings from within Windows in real-time. However, the BCLK ratio can only be configured to around 7%, which makes the enthusiast switch back to the good old BIOS/UEFI interface.

Since the 4th generation platform offers significant improvements in real-time overclocking,while the configurations and features which allow higher BCLK ratio adjustments do exist but only on the high end 3rd generation platform, mainstream 4th generation processors would get these features out of box. With BCLK ratios of 100MHz, 125MHz and 166MHz available on the 4th generation processor, users would get unprecedented overclock levels by only adjusting the multiplier value in real-time.

Feature and performance

Core Technology And Benefit

The 4th generation Intel® Xeon® and Core™ microprocessor family built on 22nm process technology drives Portwell’s boards and systems to higher performance and more functional expansion flexibility. Intel® optimizes Haswell architecture to deliver great CPU computing power upto 15% and graphic performance upto 30%. It also implements flexible input/output to improve connected capabilities.This next generation powerful CPU supports Microsoft DirectX® 11.1, OpenGL® 4.0 and OpenCL™ 1.2. For multi-display, Haswell also supports three simultaneous displays, HDMI and 2 DisplayPorts, with high resolution upto 4Kx2K.

The Intel® C226/Q87/QM87/H81 chipset continues to work on the edge of innovation with a new architecture to deliver quality, performance, and industry-leading I/O technologies on most of the platforms powered by the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. The processors in an LGA1150 socket supporting two-channel DDR3 long DIMM sockets and PCI Express Gen 3 provide great data transferring bandwidth for improving graphics performance. The PCI Express 3.0 from the Intel® Xeon® processors provides three flexible options, one PCIex16, two PCIe x8 or one PCIe x8 plus two PCIe x4 lanes for versatile applications.

Moreover, the enhancement in flash playback, rich 2D/3D graphics quality, security and power efficiency enables a fascinating visual experience in a variety of industrial market segments such as Retail, Military, Medical, Factory Automation, Digital Security Surveillance, Network Management and Gateway Solution.These incredible technologies have already implemented in Portwell's latest board level and system products.

Performance And Display

The 4th generation Intel® Core™ microprocessors implemented new 22nm processes with tri-gate architecture for improving CPU performance up to 5% to 15%. It is the first time Intel® provides Fully Integration Voltage Regulator (FIVR) into this latest generation circuit design that decreases the complexity of the power module and makes power management more stable. In the new processors, Intel® adds several new Haswell instructions with advanced vector extension (AVX) to improve Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard Instructions (AES-NI). AES-NI instructions can be used in any application that uses AES for encryption. AES is very widely used in several applications such as network encryption, and disk and file encryption applications. Networking applications use encryption to protect dat,a and file-level and disk encryption applications use AES to protect data stored on a disk.

Every year, there is expected to be one tick or tock, and Haswell is a “tock” with new microarchitecture to improve graphic performance. The enhanced graphic engine provides upto 30% performance increase with GT3. In this generation, Intel® processor supports DirectX® 11.1, OpenGL® 4.0 and OpenCL™ 1.2, providing significant 3D and media performance. The 4th generation Intel® microprocessors implemented internal VGA via Lynx Point chipset for most legacy industrial systemsto multiply display applications of up to 3 independent displays, including HDMI 1.4, DVI, DisplayPort, and VGA. HDMI also supports the highest resolution 4K x 2K. Following the triple display combination table, the processor and PCH can provide specific display and resolution, supporting both clone and extension modes.


Triple Display Combination Table

Flexible I/O

With exceptional new architecture of instruction and graphics, the Intel® Lynx Point chipset implements new design of input and output, called Flexible I/O which allows some I/O ports to be configured at the time of system design. There are a total of 18 differential signal pairs, splitting between SATA III, USB 3.0 and PCIe Gen2. The mixed signals that can be selected are either USB/PCIe or SATA/PCIe, with two signal pairs for both. That means the system can implement upto 6 USB 3.0 ports, 6 SATA III ports and 8 PCIe ports. Based on the definition of Flexible I/O, feature configuration of system can be various. For network storage applications, the design of the system can implement 8 PCIe and 6 SATA with 4 USB ports remaining. Intel’s latest chipset improves the connective abilities to fit various requirements and different applications.

Product Information

Intel® 4th Gen Core™ i5/i7 processor based Mini-ITX Board with dual Gigabit Ethernet, four SATA III ports, Six COM ports, one PCIe x16 expansion slot and one Mini-PCIe slot with mSATA interface

Intel® Xeon® E3-1200v3/Core™ i3 series processor based on PICMG 1.3 SHB with DDR3 SDRAM, VGA, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, Audio and USB

Intel® Core™ i5/i7 processor based ATX with DDR3 SDRAM, Triple display, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, and USB Ports

Intel® 4th Generation Core™ i7 Processor based on Type VI COM Express module with DDR3L SDRAM, VGA, LVDS, Gigabit Ethernet, SATA 3.0 and USB