Intel announces 5th-generation ‘Broadwell’ processor family

Intel has announced its new 5th generation Intel Core processor family. The latest range of silicon’s are designed on 14 nm architecture and is expected to deliver improve system and graphics performance, natural and immersive user experiences and also enable longer battery life as compared previous generations.

The new series of processors are said to be designed to power devices across diverse form factors including the traditional notebooks, 2 in 1s, ultrabooks, chromebooks, desktops PCs and mini PCs. The line-up of the 5th generation Intel processors include Core i3, Core i5, Core i5 vPro, Core i7 and Core i7 vPro processors.

The 5th generation Intel core family processors have 35% more transistors on a 37% smaller die. The new architectural enhancement allows the chip to deliver up to 24% better graphics performance, up to 50% faster video conversion and about 1.5 hours longer battery life as compared to the previous generation.

Furthermore, they offer graphics options including Intel HD Graphics 5500, HD Graphics 6000 and Intel Iris Graphics 6100 which enable 4K Ultra HD display. They also support latest graphics programmability features such as OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.3.

Intel’s 5th generation processors will also be available to power the Internet of Things in segments such as retail, manufacturing and medical.

The company has also started shipping its next generation 14nm processor for tablets, codenamed ‘Cherry Trail’, to all the original device manufacturers. This chip offers 64-bit computing and is said to come with improved graphics, greater performance and battery for mainstream tablets. The ‘Cherry Trail’ processors are equipped with modems capable of supporting LTE-Advanced on Intel XMMTM platform, which supports Cat-6 speeds and carrier aggregation.

The first set of devices based on the ‘Cherry Trail’ platform is expected in the first half of 2015.