On Friday Intel announced that Haswell, its next-generation of Core processors, would arrive in about 3.33 quadrillion nanoseconds. In less esoteric terms, that means Haswell is slated to arrive on June 3 in the U.S. -- around the same date previous rumors indicated. June 3 (in U.S. time) is also the same day CompuTex kicks off in Taipei, which will actually be June 4 for the event's locals.
As the successor Ivy Bridge, Haswell is expected to usher in a newer generation of slightly cheaper Intel-based Ultrabooks equipped with lower power consumption, better thermals, higher performance and improved onboard graphics. Although Haswell is expected to debut with a rather familiar 22nm design, the upcoming processor will bring with it a new socket (LGA1150 or "H3"), Intel HD 4600 graphics and a redesigned 1,600 MHz memory controller.
Chips bearing Haswell's design purportedly began making their way to OEMs earlier this month and should appear in mass-produced consumer offerings toward the end of 2013.
According to Intel though, early Haswell processors suffer from a USB 3.0 bug which will prevent a "small subset" of USB SuperSpeed thumb drives from being detected after a computer enters and wakes from standby. It's worth noting CPU errata is not all that uncommon -- one of the most infamous cases being the now-ancient Pentium FDIV bug. There have been numerous other bugs since and will likely be many more to come, although issues resulting from such errata are often truly rare exceptions.
Tom's Hardware recently got their hands on a Haswell i7-4770K. Their benchmarks revealed a roughly 13-percent performance bump over the 4770K's Ivy Bridge counterpart. Anandtech also took a moment to speculate about Haswell's overclocking potential earlier this month.
The Acer Aspire S3 is 0.51 inches thin and weighs only 2.98 pounds. Its chassis is made from magnesium alloy and under the hood it packs an Intel Core i7 processor, a 20GB solid-state drive operating system and the machine’s current state, as well as a 320GB hard drive for storage. The S3's LED-backlit display offers a 1,366 by 768-pixel resolution and is driven by the CPU's integrated Intel HD graphics 3000 graphics processor.
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