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CES 2015: Introducing the 5th-Generation Intel Core "Broadwell" Processors

Intel unveiled its 5th-Generation Intel® Core processor family at CES 2015. Code-named "Broadwell," the 5th-Generation Intel Core models are Intel 14nm processors, which are smaller than last year's 22nm Haswell Intel chips. The 5th-Generation Intel Core processor is purpose-built for the next generation of devices offering a thinner, lighter, and more efficient experience across diverse form factors, including traditional notebooks, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks™, Chromebooks, all-in-one desktop computers, and mini PCs.

The release of the 5th-Generation Intel Core technology includes 14 processors for consumers and businesses, including ten 15W processors with Intel HD Graphics and four 28W processors with Intel Iris Graphics.

In addition, Intel has also released its next-generation 14nm processor for tablets, code-named "Cherry Trail." The system on the chip (SoC) offers 64-bit computing, improved graphics with Intel Generation 8-LP graphics, improved performance, and longer battery life for mainstream tablets. The platform offers improved modem capabilities with LTE-Advanced on the Intel XMM 726x platform, which supports Cat6 speeds and carrier aggregation.

Key benefits of the 5th-Generation Intel Core processors and the next-generation 14nm processor for tablets include:

Powerful Performance

The 5th-Generation Intel Core U Series processors utilize Intel 14nm process technology to improve upon the previous generation with 35% more transistors on a 37% smaller die. The improved process, combined with architectural enhancements, enables the 5th-Generation Intel Core processors to deliver up to 24% better graphical performance, up to 50% faster video conversion, and battery life that is up to 1.5 hours longer (may vary depending on usage). If you're looking to upgrade from a five-year-old computer, you'll notice significant improvements.

Power Efficient

While the 14nm processors will help tablets and laptops become thinner and lighter, it won't skimp out on the battery life. With power management and design improvements, plus the increased efficiency of Intel's 14nm manufacturing process, you'll be able to get up to 1.5 hours more battery life than the previous generation Intel Core U Series processors.

Watch. Game. Create.

CPU performance isn't the only thing getting a boost from the 5th-Generation Intel Core processors. The 14nm processors bring the next evolution in processor graphical architecture. Now offering Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Intel Iris Graphics 6100, the 5th-Generation Intel Core processors provide stunning visuals and enable 4K Ultra HD resolutions, including over Intel WiDi 5.1. Additional platform features include enhanced codec decode support for VP8, VP9, and HEVC, as well as support for DirectX 11.2, DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, and OpenGL 4.3. Intel Iris Graphics includes these features, plus significantly better 3D performance, compared to Intel HD Graphics 5500 processors.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Thanks to Intel 14nm process technology and architecture, the 5th-Generation Intel Core processors are designed to deliver enhanced graphics and increased performance in a smaller thermal envelope. The processors support the next generation of IoT solutions while maintaining compatibility with previous generations. The improved capabilities and security features can power end-to-end IoT solutions in order to deliver customer benefits and business insights.

Immersive Experiences

When paired with Intel RealSense 3D technology, the 5th-Generation Intel Core processors enable more natural and immersive user experiences. Intel RealSense 3D technology provides features such as gesture control, 3D capture and edit, and innovative photo and video capabilities to devices. With a vision for a "no-wires" experience, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) 5.1 and WiGig wireless docking provide users more control over their experience by allowing them to compute and share from almost anywhere. Intel's voice assistant technology allows the user to control your PC within the browser and enabled apps using voice commands, and now includes Wake on Voice technology to awake your PC with just your voice.

The "Cherry Trail" 14nm Intel Atom processor for tablets will also offer improved user experiences, such as Intel RealSense technology. Intel RealSense Snapshot provides depth-sensing photo capabilities, allowing you to change focus, take measurements, and add dynamic effects and motion to photos. You will also be able to connect your tablet wirelessly to a big screen or projector to display content. "Cherry Trail" can also enable you to log in with your face, fingerprint, or a trusted device you've registered. Using an accelerometer, sound and light sensors, and information from the cloud, Intel Context Aware technology can determine the context or environment someone is in and provide information.

Lineup and Availability

The 5th-Generation Intel Core models include the Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5 vPro, Intel Core i7, and Intel Core i7 vPro processors. Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processors, also based on the 14nm process, are now available. 5th-Generation Intel Core processor-based systems from a variety of manufacturers are expected to arrive in January 2015. Devices based on the "Cherry Trail" platform are expected in the first half of 2015.

Check back for pricing and availability of devices containing the 5th-Generation Intel Core processors.

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What did Intel do with the 4-core hyperthreaded chips?! Certainly, the i7 2-core chip cannot remain their top-o-the-line unit! Can it?

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