Fitting in With Core M

The staggered release of Broadwell is nothing new. Previous releases from Intel has seen them pick a particular market and aim at that first, whether it be tablet, mobile devices, ultrabooks or desktops, with the rest to follow. Core M, Intel’s 4.5 W ‘Broadwell-Y’ part, has been in the market for over a month with designs such as the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, although the number of SKUs available as well as worldwide distribution has been relatively slow, with the designs featuring Core M being expensive in terms of casual computing and more premium upgrades. Broadwell-U changes this by opening up the power envelope, and as such Intel sees the market at follows:

The Broadwell-U processors from Intel are aiming to give enough performance from AIO desktop systems to mini desktops, premium mobile applications all through to large 2-in-1s. There is some overlap with Core M, particularly with the 7.5W cTDP down elements of the range, but the interesting element will be pricing. The Celerons come in around $100, with the Pentium at $160, but then it gets expensive for Broadwell-U. $275 to $315 covers all the i3 and i5 parts both at 15W and 28W, ending with $393/$426 for the i7 parts. Further to my efficiency comments above, on paper at least the i5-5350U or i5-5250U would seem the most interesting processors of the bunch.

Release Dates

In our conference call with Intel, it was clear that these CPUs are shipping to their partners today. Throughout CES there will be a number of manufacturers announcing their products, and as per the norm Intel allows the partners to introduce their own products, rather than showing examples of where Broadwell-U fits in. However, because Broadwell-U is designed to be pin-compatible with Haswell-U, we might see some manufacturers purely re-releasing some of their designs with the newer CPU and a firmware update.  Nevertheless, Intel is expecting OEM systems with Broadwell-U to start shipping in North America within the month. Designs with Iris graphics, or those featuring Intel based WiGig connectivity, will be more towards the end of Q1. Overall Intel is tracking ‘hundreds of designs’ involving Broadwell, indicating that it will be a significant push to bring 14nm to the market.

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  • CharonPDX - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    I just love that every new CPU release continues to advertise some form of "now fast enough for speech recognition!"

    I recall seeing a poster on the wall at an Intel facility in 1994 documenting features of the then-new Pentium Processor, including "Real-time voice recognition!"
  • sonofgodfrey - Monday, January 5, 2015 - link

    TLB = Translation Lookaside Buffer (not transaction).
  • Pork@III - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    Intel sucks. We already live in 2015 not in 1995. Now has many apps which needs of more of 3-4-6 threads. None of these processors does not deserve the least be described in i7 series. They are all hell cut as the number of cores as the number of transistors as volume cache. These are junk low grade.
  • darkich - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    Wow ,intel GPU's are laughable
  • Michael Bay - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    Says who, asspained amd sucker?

    Your whole pathetic gaggle down here is always a good reason to read comments.
  • Pork@III - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - link

    I say this! I'm The Pork@III! You're just someone Michael Bay :D
    Intel to take "GPU"-it and to put it where the sun does not shine. This CPU is it or what? Some pathetic mixture that resembles no CPU nor video. The only meaningful line of Intel processor is enthusiastic class, presented recently by processors socket LGA-2011-3.
  • jed22281 - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

  • fokka - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    i'm glad broadwell u is here at last, but at the same time i'm missing some of the bigger things. where is ddr4 for improved memory performance and lower power use? where is pcie3 so we can say goodbye to the limitations of sata3 at last? where is usb3.1 and hdmi2.0 so we're not limited by ancient interfaces in times of 4k displays and superslim devices?

    do we have to wait for skylake to get all those things? or maybe even longer?

    i like intel as much as the next guy and haswell as well as broadwell are very nice mobile platforms as is, but i still can't shake the feeling of stagnation when it comes to i/o and interfaces.
  • Pork@III - Saturday, January 10, 2015 - link

    Broadwell/-K-M at all other versions/ is 14hm Haswell shrink. Same arcitecture, same memory controller(only futurest Broadwell-E in entusiast class will have quad channel DDR4 support like Haswell-E). DDR4 we have support in normal high class with Intel Skylake-S and Skylake-H.
  • fokka - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - link

    thanks for clearing that up, i don't know why i didn't make the connection between shrink != new architecture. i should have known that better. still boring though, that we have to wait another generation to see some real innovations again.

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