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Intel CEO talks up 14nm Haswell successor, Broadwell at IDF

Hints the future PC will use 30 percent less power
Wed Sep 11 2013, 00:38
Intel shows off Broadwell chip on stage at IDF

SAN FRANCISCO: INTEL CEO Brian Krzanich revealed some details about the firm's 14nm chip microarchitecture, codenamed Broadwell, giving us a peek at the future of the PC.

Showing off a laptop running the upcoming chip architecture on stage during a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Tuesday, Krzanich promised 30 percent improvements in PC power efficiency when Broadwell launches by the end of 2014.

Holding up a laptop, Krzanich said, "Let's talk about silicon. I introduce the first 14nm PC. This is a Broadwell based system, fully operational."

To prove it was a working system, Krzanich opened the Cut the Rope game app on the device. "This is it folks, 14nm is here, it's working and will be shipping by the end of next year," he said. "That 14nm product on Broadwell provides another 30 percent power improvement [over Haswell]."

Krzanich claimed that Broadwell is likely to bring the same sort of performance improvements that we saw with the introduction of Haswell over Ivy Bridge.

"And we're not done yet, that's just as far as we've been able to test it so far," Krzanich added, suggesting that the projected increase of around a third in power efficiency could be even higher by the time of Broadwell's release in 2014.

Krzanich also talked up Haswell-Y chips during his keynote, demonstrating a new HP laptop that has a processor using just 4.5 Watts of power, which is available as fanless Core i5 and Core i7 parts.

"This provides battery life, weight, and thinness, all this people have been asking for in a fanless device," he added.

Krzanich also revealed that Intel is working on its "smallest system on chip (SoC) ever" for wearable technology, which apparently is fifth of the size of the firm's current Atom processors and uses a tenth of the power.

Named Quark, it is presently in development and should ship in products sometime next year - in smartwatches, bracelets and who knows what else. µ


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