SAN FRANCISCO: Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich has revealed more details about the firm's upcoming 14nm chip codenamed Broadwell, giving a look at a demonstration system running early silicon.
During his keynote at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week, Krzanich showed off a laptop running a 14nm Broadwell chip, and said it promised to deliver a 30 percent improvement in PC power efficiency when it launches sometime in 2014.
Holding up a laptop, Krzanich said: "Let's talk about silicon. I introduce the first 14nm PC. This is a Broadwell-based system, fully operational."
To prove it was a working system, Krzanich opened the Cut the Rope game app on the device. "This is it folks, 14nm is here, it's working and will be shipping by the end of next year," he said.
Krzanich claimed that Broadwell will also deliver the same sort of performance improvements that we saw with the introduction of Haswell – the 4th generation of Intel's Core chips – over the previous Ivy Bridge generation.
"And we're not done yet, that's just as far as we've been able to test it so far," Krzanich added, suggesting that the projected increase of around a third in power efficiency could be even higher by the time of Broadwell's availability.
Krzanich also talked up Haswell-Y chips during his keynote, demonstrating a new HP laptop that has a processor using just 4.5W of power, which is available as fanless Core i5 and Core i7 parts.
"This provides battery life, weight and thinness, all this people have been asking for in a fanless device," he added.
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