INTEL HAS REVEALED PLANS to launch Braswell, a more powerful successor to the Bay Trail system on a chip (SoC) line used in low-cost devices like Chromebooks and budget PCs.
Announced at Intel's Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, the Braswell SoC chips will be built on the company's next generation 14nm fab process.
Intel GM of its PC Client group Kirk Skaugen told media that Braswell will replace Bay Trail, part of its Atom line, and that the chip will be in over 20 Chromebook designs later this year.
"Last year, we had only four designs on Chrome. Today I can announce that we will have over 20 designs on Chrome," said Skaugen.
Intel had previously announced plans for a different 14nm chip range codenamed Cherry Trail, though this will be focused on tablets rather than the value PC market segment and Chromebooks.
Intel GM for its mobile and communications business Hermann Eul added that the company will add performance upgrades to Bay Trail in the second half of this year, including better graphics and more security features. He said that the resulting systems will be cheaper due to the elimination of over 500 board components, which has helped drive down bill of material costs.
As part of the announcement, Skaugen demonstrated some new devices including SKUs from CZC, THD, Jumper and Lengda as well as a new QVOD media box that Intel claims will "deliver anytime, anywhere, interactive entertainment".
Intel said in a statement that the QVOD media box will be available later this year and is based existing Bay Trail processors. Unfortunately that's all we know about it thus far.
In a brief preview of Intel's future roadmap for PCs and mobile devices, Skaugen also highlighted Intel's fifth generation Core processors, formerly codenamed Broadwell, as the company's first products on its 14nm fab technology that will become available to customers later this year. These chips will deliver higher performance Intel Iris graphics and enable devices across the spectrum of personal computing, Intel claimed, ranging from low-power fanless devices to high-performance enthusiast gaming systems.
Intel also announced a 64-bit Android kernel that supports Android 4.4 Kitkat for Intel architecture (IA) devices.
"With this release, the company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on IA, taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own. This release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices," Intel said. µ