2015 is turning out to be yet another big year for Intel. Their promises of new developments last year were anticlimactic, as they only finally released one new chip and it didn’t arrive until fall of 2014. The Core M was a nice development to see, but it had been developed for mobile devices, tablets and smartphones, which are thin enough to operate without a cooling fan. But their hesitance has paid off, as they have now released a batch of 17 microprocessors designed using their new Broadwell design. All promise to continue to prove Moore’s Law correct.
PC Chip Developments
The new Broadwell design has been used for consumer as well as business PC models, but they’re also designed for the products that switch, smaller laptops that function like tablets. And the unveiled line includes a range of their product levels. One chip is under their Celeron brand and another is for their premium brand, Pentium. The majority are Core i3, i5, or i7. The majority of the changes made were not described in technical detail, but Intel was happy to point out the benefits that the new lines of chips will give to PC makers and users.
Improvements in Performance
Intel is already on top, but apparently that is never enough – especially if you want to stay there. The new Broadwell chips are faster once again and they offer lower costs and power consumption.
Power consumption is a never ending battle, so any minor change in the power needs of processors is a welcome improvement. Intel’s announcement included the estimate of an additional 1.5 hours of battery life for laptops than the previous generation of Core chips.
Because of the smaller size and more efficient circuitry, the chips are also going to allow for neck-break speeds for consumer critical activities like graphics rendering and video reformatting. The new line of Core processors offer an astounding 50% increase in speed for video file reformatting and a 24% increase in speed for rending graphics.
And finally, a bit of additional circuitry is going to facilitate ease of wireless connection todisplays. This should reduce the need for docking or plug-in when connecting to a separate display. This automated feature may seem small, but the ripple effects into the consumer market are going to be big.
Broadwell, and Intel, bring a raft of new features, on target and ahead of the competition.