Intel looking to boost fanless CPU performance with a dock that cools the device

Intel has been showing off a new desktop dock concept which would allow devices based on their newly announced Core M processors to perform faster when connected to it.

According to the report, the new Intel design could possibly boost performance by up to 30 percent, thanks to additional airflow being pushed through to the devices when they are connected to the dock. Though, whether any company’s produce a design based on this kind of docking system remains to be seen.

The dock was said to produce very little noise when it was seen running at Computex earlier this week, which is likely to mean that only a small amount of extra air was being pushed to the device when it was plugged in. It will be interesting to see how much noise comes from the dock in real-world use rather than just a demonstration.

Intel announced their new 14nm Core M processors earlier this week, stating that they expect them to offer around 20 to 40 percent improvement in performance over previous generations. The processor is also set to consume far less power than ever before and up to 60 percent less heat with the company claiming that they are “"the most energy-efficient Intel Core processor in the company's history”.

As the Core M is set to be 50 percent smaller than before, it is the perfect processor to be used in tablet and ultra-slim PC designs. The new processors are due to ship later this month.

Source: CNET

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So let me get this straight... You can call any CPU fanless by cutting down the power and letting it run hot. After that, you can up-sell the customers by charging them for a more expensive fan in a separate dock. Brilliant!

I see that the engineering and marketing departments are finally working together, now.

burritodave said,
So let me get this straight... You can call any CPU fanless by cutting down the power and letting it run hot. After that, you can up-sell the customers by charging them for a more expensive fan in a separate dock. Brilliant!

I see that the engineering and marketing departments are finally working together, now.

Or see this as a choice, like it is.

IF you want a long battery, low heat, nice light tablet you got it but at the same time you vmcan get to to ur desk and dock it and its becomes a lot more grunty.

It's how you look at it, main thing is no one forces you to buy anything and in the tablet space there are plenty of options.

Yeah, don't stop evolving the CPU, cause you clearly can't do what they want to do if you have to keep it docked and cooled to get full performance.

MorganX said,
Yeah, don't stop evolving the CPU, cause you clearly can't do what they want to do if you have to keep it docked and cooled to get full performance.

They are showing no signs of slowing down on the CPU front.

But what harm is there in Intel providing a reference idea that can make a tablets CPU boost when it has more cooling available?

They made the initial reference design for ultrabools as well

The Lenovo helix already did this a year ago. It still had a fan in the tablet but there were extra fans in the base which moved a lot more air.

So, the CPU is throttled down to stay cooler until the dock is connected which includes an external fan. Actually, this is a clever idea calling it fanless, when to get full CPU performance a fan is required to push air through the tablet.

seeprime said,
So, the CPU is throttled down to stay cooler until the dock is connected which includes an external fan. Actually, this is a clever idea calling it fanless, when to get full CPU performance a fan is required to push air through the tablet.

It's a good idea. You're limited in heat output in a fanless tablet but you can output more heat when docked. If it didn't have that capability it would just be capped at the TDP of the tablet only mode. You're usually docked when doing heavy work anyways.

Most desktop CPUs already do this with turbo boost, if the temperature is within range and the CPU is heavily utilised, the core speed of a core will be boosted for a short time.

n_K said,
Most desktop CPUs already do this with turbo boost, if the temperature is within range and the CPU is heavily utilised, the core speed of a core will be boosted for a short time.

I see this being similar, you dock it and air is pushed through and at a certain temperature (or maybe docking gives a signal) it switches mode and boooosts the sh## out of your tablet, like NOS for cars.

Alienware NOSTAB?

ACTIONpack said,
So I'd its not on the desk the device will catch on fire?

No, it will run slower. It's clocked higher when better cooling is available.