Today Intel finally shared its plans for the Broadwell chips which ring in the fifth generation for the company’s Core chip family. These chips will succeed Haswell which was the codename for fourth generation i3, i5 and i7 chips. The company confirmed that tablets and 2-in-1 hybrids powered by Core M, based on Broadwell, will be available by the end of 2014. Notebooks and desktops will have to wait until 2015.
Rani Borkar, vice president of the platform engineering group at Intel, says that the Broadwell chip is 50 percent smaller and 30 percent thinner than its Haswell counterpart. It offers improved graphics thanks to a next-gen graphics core as well as improved performance and better battery life.
As far as CPU performance is concerned the Broadwell processor will apparently be only 5 percent faster than an equivalent Haswell chip at the same clock speed. However the last-gen chip won’t be able to match its graphics performance as Broadwell boasts 20 percent bump in computing power and up to 50 percent better sampler throughput. Initial support for H.265 video hardware decoding will also be onboard.
Intel hasn’t revealed TDP values, clock speeds or other detailed specifications about the Core M processors but seeing as how they’re expected to hit the market by the year’s end, its only a matter of this before this information becomes public. Intel expects notebooks and desktops powered by Broadwell in early 2015.