What Intel’s new Broadwell chip means for tablet buyers

August 11, 2014

Intel's Intel Core M chip is based on the company’s Broadwell design and will offer as much as seven times the performance of earlier chips when it comes to graphics and double the speed for conventional computing tasks like launching an app or using certain programs.

The first tablets running Core M are slated for release in time for this holiday season with broader availability set for the first half of 2015. Intel microprocessors currently power a range of both Android and Windows-based tablets.

(See also: Intel says Android is dominating Windows tablets in sales)

Intel said Core M will be used in new form factors and in systems that are thinner and run silently (sans fan) and cooler. The Core M is being produced using a new 14 nanometer manufacturing process and the company says it will be the first 14nm chip to be produced in volume.

More details are expected to be released at Intel’s annual Intel Developer Forum conference in September. While tablets and other portable devices are the initial design target, Intel said the Core M technology will gradually appear in a range of other products, including servers and desktop PCs.

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