Intel has been developing the 5th Gen ’Broadwell’ Core processors for a while now and the world’s largest chip maker has finally launched the 14nm Core processors at CES 2015. These processors will be used in Next Gen computing devices including Notebooks, Ultrabooks, 2-in-1s, Chromebooks, mini PCs and all-in-one desktop PCs.
The 5th Gen core processors offer improvements in battery life by 20% to 30% compared to the existing 22nm Haswell chips. For instance, while playing a video, the 15W Broadwell CPU will last about an hour and a half longer that the older 4th Gen version.
Under the 14nm process, the die size has reduced making the chips 37% smaller but they still pack 35% more transistors taking their total up to 1.3 billion. Intel claims that there is a 22% improvement in 3D graphics rendering and 50% improvement in strength of video encoding.
First Broadwell chips were announced under the ‘Core M’ brand last year, which were specifically meant for 2-in-1 devices, a unique combination of tablet and laptop. Now Intel has added 14 new processors to its Core i3, i5 and i7 series as well as new models to its Pentium and Celeron line ups. This is the first time that Intel is upgrading every category of its consumer CPU lineup all at once. 10 of Intel’s new Core chips run at 15W and the remaining 4 at 28W. The 28W processors use Graphics 6100 GPU while the 15W chips will have HD Graphics 5500 or 6000 GPU.
Along with this, Intel also unveiled ‘Cherry Trail’ the next gen 14nm processor for tablets. Cherry Trail features a 64-bit chipset offering Intel Generation 8-LP GPU, Intel modem and Cat. 6 LTE (up to 300Mbps), RealSense for 3D imaging, and face and fingerprint unlocking. Cherry Trail chips have started shipping and new products incorporating them will become available in the first half of 2015.
Intel’s new Broadwell chips are also now shipping but the bigger 28W ones with new Iris Graphics 6100 will start shipping by the end of the first quarter.