Intel Core M processor for tablets and laptops trims the fat and the fan

Goodbye, cooling fans

Intel Core M

Intel just unveiled a stunningly slim 2-in-1 tablet and laptop to showcase its latest Core M processor.

Announced at Computex 2014, the 12.5-inch tablet prototype is a new reference PC design that measures a mere 7.2-milimeters thin.

It's profile is impressive, but equally eye (or ear) catching is that it doesn't need a whirring fan to stay cool. With the extra weight of the fan taken off, the tablet weighs a stark 670-grams.

The device also comes with a clip-in keyboard and it could be the first in a long line of extremely thin tablets and laptops.

Intel Core M Broadwell computer processors Computex 2014 Newstrack
One of the slimmest Intel-powered tablets yet

The silicon maker described its new 14nm chipset as the most energy efficient Core processor in the company's history. According to Engadget, the new system-on-a-chip boasts a 20% to 40% performance improvement while lowering power needs by up to 45% and producing 60% less heat.

Intel promises customers will see the first Core M processor powered devices on sale starting next year.

Cut the fan

We've already seen some slender devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, but in our review the obtrusive fan still holds the device back by making it unnecessarily noisy.

With Intel's Core M processor we could finally see more tablets become as light as the iPad Air while still having all the power to run a full version of Windows 8.1.

Beyond tablets, laptops such as the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air could become even slimmer as they also move to a fan-less, passively cooled design.

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