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Intel Shares New Details on Low-Power Core M Broadwell Processors

Intel today released new details on its next-generation 14-nanometer Broadwell processors, which are designed to combine high-performance and low power to allow for more efficient devices. Haswell ushered in an era of impressively long battery life, which is expected to improve even further with Broadwell.

In a list of features on the new chips, Intel says Broadwell will usher in "new form factors" with systems that are thinner and run both silently and cool, with two times reduction in thermal design point.

Intel's 14-nanometer Broadwell package
- The combination of the new microarchitecture and manufacturing process will usher in a wave of innovation in new form factors, experiences and systems that are thinner and run silent and cool.

- Intel architects and chip designers have achieved greater than two times reduction in the thermal design point when compared to a previous generation of processor while providing similar performance and improved battery life.

- The new microarchitecture was optimized to take advantage of the new capabilities of the 14nm manufacturing process.

- Intel has delivered the world's first 14nm technology in volume production. It uses second-generation Tri-gate (FinFET) transistors with industry-leading performance, power, density and cost per transistor.

- Intel's 14nm technology will be used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including servers, personal computing devices and Internet of Things.
As has been previously announced, the 14-nanometer Broadwell-Y Core M chip will be the first of the Broadwell processors to hit the market, with retailers releasing Core M devices in the fall. Designed specifically for low power devices such as two-in-one tablet/computer hybrids, the Core M's low wattage allows for fanless operation and its smaller physical size means it can fit comfortably in devices that are "razor-thin."

AnandTech has released a detailed look at the Broadwell architecture with a preview of Core M, pointing towards "substantial" GPU increases for the Broadwell line of chips and limited CPU performance improvements.

Apple is said to be working on a 12-inch Retina MacBook that has a slimmer form factor than the existing MacBook Air and a fanless design that aligns with some of the properties of the Core M Broadwell chip, but existing MacBook Air computers utilize the Haswell-U series chips that run at 15 watts while the Core M operates at approximately 5 watts, making it unclear whether it would be possible for a Retina MacBook to be powered by the Core M chip.

Intel's Core M processors are expected to ship during the 2014 holiday season, with additional Broadwell chips becoming available in early and mid-2015. The first devices utilizing Core M processors will be shipping before the end of the year.

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57 months ago
Please... give us a real MacBook Pro update.
Rating: 14 Votes
57 months ago
Good, another sign that Apple won't switch to ARM.
Rating: 13 Votes
57 months ago
Finally interesting stuff.
Rating: 11 Votes
57 months ago

i would not be surprised if apple gets the convertible two-in-one form factor down before the competition, assuming component parts reach the appropriate power envelope and dimension. the picture in the anandtech piece with the Broadwell-Y package next to earlier ones is pretty impressive. a 10" iPad retina/macbook air with a new thunderbolt monitor/dock would be pretty epic.

Perhaps the best way to approach a convertible two-in-one form is to not do it. If so, Apple already has it right.
Rating: 9 Votes
57 months ago
macbook air with retina
Rating: 9 Votes
57 months ago

macbook air with retina

You have the right idea, given the GPU improvements.

Another Intel Broadwell tease! This is killing me! Intel needs a swift kick In the rear already. It's late , it's back on track, oh it's delayed again but now it may come by the holidays ?! Aahhhhhhhhhh!!! I need two things , MacPro with this next Gen proccessors and a MacBook Pro with this amazing next Gen Processors! Go to Intel or Google too see what is so exciting about this next Gen Processor !! Bring it already!

This isn't a tease, this is a, "here's why it's been so hard to get Broadwell right." Look at the yield graphs, they're pretty far behind (especially early in its life) when you compare it with Haswell. (The graph compares both processors at a similar time in its life cycle).

Image here (Anandtech link (

Intel is at the cutting edge of hardware and constantly running into problems with the laws of physics. These are amazing engineering feats but with the current process they're just going to get more and more difficult to come by.
Rating: 6 Votes
57 months ago

Because not everyone needs a super fast computer and a MacBook like this would be awesome:

A bendy computer would be awesome until the novelty wears out, then it'd be kind of annoying and difficult to use.
Rating: 6 Votes
57 months ago
Im not bothered about stupid "M" processors for tablets.

The tablet market has stagnated the enthusiast CPU market for those of us who want (affordable) powerful processors for emulation, video encoding and encryption.

The sooner the tablet market dies out the better IMO.
Rating: 6 Votes
57 months ago

the fan of my rMBP goes through the roof once i start playing videos within my browser

Let me get rid of that flash for you....
Rating: 6 Votes
57 months ago
Fanless Design

Yikes, no fan? I sure hope they get this right because I've noticed a tad bit of heat in past Apple products. I love them all, but they do keep me warm year round. :)
Rating: 5 Votes

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