Intel shows off Broadwell

Intel President Renée James provided the assorted throngs at Computex with a debut of a next-gen “Broadwell” chip under the bonnet of a Llama Mountain device.

Billing it the “world’s first 14 nanometer fanless mobile PC reference design,” James went onto the hard sell about Chipzilla’s Broadwell processor.

Broadwell is a 14-nanometer “shrink” of the existing 22 nm Haswell processor. The smaller circuits result in a design that can enable more compact devices.

The Llama Mountain device is powered by the Broadwell Y series and wqill be branded the “Core M” processor. Chipzilla claims that it will be the most energy efficient Core processor in the company’s history.

Llama Mountain sports a 12.5-inch screen and is 7.2mm thick (0.28 inches) with the keyboard detached and weighs in at 670 grams (1.47 pounds).

“The majority of designs based on this new chip are expected to be fanless and deliver both a lightning-fast tablet and a razor-thin laptop,” James said.

Other things mentioned in the keynote were Foxconn tablets. Foxconn executive Young Liu showed more than 10 Intel-based tablets available now or coming soon. Those include tablets based on the Bay Trail processor and “many” will include built-in 3G or LTE communications.

James mentioned the use of fast LTE silicon which is a Category 6-capable Intel XMM 7260 “LTE-Advanced” chip is now shipping to customers for interoperability testing. This new technology is expected to appear in devices in the months ahead James said.

There was also mention of a quad-core SoFIA LTE system-on-a-chip for low-cost phones and tablets is due in the first half of 2015.

Gamers will get 4GHz out of the fourth-generation Intel Core i7 and i5 processor “K” processor. “The first from Intel to deliver four cores at up to 4GHz base frequency. This desktop processor, built for enthusiasts, provide higher performance and enable new levels of overclocking capability. Production shipments begin in June of this year.