Intel's Broadwell Chips Will Make Full-Fledged PCs as Tiny as Tablets

By Darren Orf on at

For more than a year, Intel's 14-nanometre Broadwell chip, the successor to its Haswell microarchitecture, has been consistently delayed, due in part to early-stage manufacturing snafus. But today Intel gave a glimpse of this incredibly tiny powerhouse, and the computing future it will introduce in its wake.

Broadwell, officially branded as Core M, is the long heralded successor to Haswell and is 50 per cent smaller, 30 per cent thinner, and all around more efficient. In a press release, Intel promises that "the combination of the new microarchitecture and manufacturing process will usher in a wave of innovation in new form factors, experiences, and systems." The reason being that the Core M runs cooler than Haswell, which could lead to fanless laptops less than nine millimetres thick. The chip also provides "similar" performance compared to Haswell and improved battery life because of its low-voltage design.

Intel already powers some fanless gadgets with Bay Trail, Atom, and other processors designed for tablets and smartphones. But with Broadwell's low-heat capabilities, Intel could fit real computing power into a tablet. This idea obviously makes the Core M an attractive sell to tablet/laptop hybrids because of its improved performance and fanless attributes.

We'll most likely see Core M branding on the boxes of select devices this Christmas with even more hopping on board in early 2015. [Intel]