LAS VEGAS: Intel has unveiled it 5th-generation Core processors, based on the Broadwell architecture.
Intel said that the Core update packs in 35 percent more transistors than the previous fourth-generation Haswell chips, while also shrinking die size by 37 percent.
"We are happy to report that Moore's Law is alive and well and Intel is delivering 14nm based on Broadwell and it is going to be fastest transition ever," said Karen Regis, mobile marketing manager at Intel.
"From 2-in-1s to desktop all-in-ones, [Intel is] giving you all new, natural ways to interact with your PCs."
Regis explained that, while this release is not a major 'tock' architecture change, it is a 'tick', and means modest gains in productivity.
Its biggest draw is likely to be the boost it could offer for gamers, with Intel promising 22 percent better graphics owing to two thirds of the die area being dedicated to graphics.
It also touts 50 percent faster video conversion, four percent better productivity, and 1.5-hour better battery life.
The 5th-generation Core processor family will offer 10 new 15W processors with Intel HD Graphics, and four new 28W products with Intel Iris Graphics."For performance, you'll want to choose the fifth-gen Intel core family, [for] stunning visuals [and] anything you need for more demanding tasks," explained Regis.
"We'll expect to see them in mini desktops and powerful notebook systems, too."
Intel added that, while Core M was designed to bring more powerful mobile devices, and faster experiences on thinner and smaller 2-in-1s, ultrathin notebooks and tablets, the new Core family is aimed at larger, higher spec laptops and desktops for users demanding more power.
The integrated graphics on the 5th-gen Core processor, the HD 6100, will offer better graphics than the predecessor seen on the Haswell range, the HD 5500, Intel said.
HD 6100 will provide an estimated 50 percent better graphics over the baseline offering, Intel said, "without [needing a] costly power hungry discrete card, meaning notebooks can be designed thinner, lighter and more power efficient".
Intel claims that upcoming systems powered by the 5th-gen Core chips could boast half the thickness with double the performance, and more capability.
What's more, the Broadwell architecture on the 5th-gen Core chip is pin compatible with all Haswell chips so they can be used on same board, allowing for faster time to market.
"It'll be a much easier and faster transition with it being a process 'tick' and priced the same as Haswell with better performance, so a compelling reason for OEMs to transition," Regis added.
Intel's Core i7 processors will be available at launch in the consumer and corporate spaces in January. The first systems are expected to arrive in February.
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