Intel Unveils 5th Gen Core MPU Family, 14nm Tablet Processor

05 January 2015

Intel Corp. has announced the availability of its 5th Generation Intel core processors based on its 14nm manufacturing process for next generation compute devices.

Codenamed Broadwell, the 5th generation core processors include Intel RealSense technology, Intel Wireless Display and voice assistants. As usual, Intel will be offering the microprocessors in a variety of speeds and devices and will be built into next generation desktops, notebooks, 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks, Chromebooks, All-in-One desktop PCs and mini PCs.

Intel said the fifth generation core processors will bring a 27 percent die reduction with up to 24 percent graphics improvement and up to 1.5 hours of battery life improvement from the fourth generation devices.

A die photo of Intel's 5th generation core processors.

Craig Stice, senior principal analyst for Compute, Servers & Storage at IHS Technology, said in an interview with Electronics 360 that fifth generation change is only a minor architectural change but is a die shrink from the 22nm fourth generation Haswell die.

“This will be Intel’s biggest and most aggressive launch in history,” Stice said. “A full top to bottom launch from their high-end Core i7 line to Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron lines. Most of the improvements are going to be found in power, graphics and, of course, die size. All of the above equates to thinner and lighter systems that will bring a new experience to the computing market.”

Stice said that Intel will launch later this year a line of processors called Core M that will provide ultra-low power down to 4.5 watts, “which then enables for the first time fanless designs for 2-in-1 or PC tablet systems”

On the Cherry Trail

Intel has begun shipping a tablet microprocessor based on its 14nm manufacturing process, codenamed Cherry Trail that will offer similar improvements to its tablet lines as the fifth generation core processors and will include RealSense, no wires, no password and Intel Context Aware technology. Intel said Cherry Trail-based products will start being sold in the first half of this year.

New Chromebooks

Acer has already begun porting the Intel fifth generation core processors into its PCs including a Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display Acer is also planning to update its Acer Aspire R13 and Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook with 5th generation processors. Acer is also introducing an entertainment center desktop called the Acer Revo One.

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