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Computex: Intel outs ten Broadwell processors with Iris Pro graphics

06/02, 8:49am

Five desktop, five mobile Intel processors revealed at Computex

Intel has increased the range of its fifth-generation "Broadwell" family of processors, announcing a new set of ten processors at Computex, alongside new Xeon processors. The new chips are divided equally between desktop and mobile versions, with the processor producer incorporating Iris Pro graphics into its LGA desktop processors for the first time, giving a boost to systems that rely on integrated graphics instead of a separate graphics card.


First Look: 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Force Touch, new GPU

05/25, 7:12am

Refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro brings welcome upgrades

Apple has given the 15-inch MacBook Pro a refresh, giving it a fresh lease of life. Unusually, however, it does not include an upgrade to its Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU. Due to delays with Intel's quad-core "Broadwell" parts, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro continues with a fourth-generation quad-core Core i7 part clocked at 2.5GHz. It does however, include some substantial upgrades elsewhere. This new model now features the all-new Force Touch trackpad that debuted on the new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, and which is also found on the recently refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro. It also gains much faster PCIe flash storage, but more importantly, its aging Nvidia Ge Force GT 750M has been replaced with a much faster and all-new AMD R9 M370X.


Apple upgrades processor in MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro

03/09, 2:13pm

Thunderbolt 2, Force Touch trackpad included in MacBook Pro update

Just as speculated in rumors and hinted at just before the online Apple Store was taken down, Apple is making upgrades to its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lines, alongside the new MacBook line. Both lines will be getting improvements, including Broadwell-based Intel processors, bumps to Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPUs, and other improvements, with Apple shipping the updated models starting from later today.


Screenshots of refreshed MacBook Air stats hint at Broadwell update

03/04, 3:30pm

Improved processor, upgraded graphics appear to be sole changes in latest edition

A Chinese site has posted images not of the forthcoming refreshed MacBook Air itself, but of its specifications gleaned from the "About this Mac" dialog. The images are said to be from a soon-to-be-released low-end MacBook Air produced by Foxconn, according to, and reveal that the 13-inch unit will sport an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5250U dual-core processor set at 1.6GHz (with turboboost when required) and an Intel HD Graphics 6000 video chipset, along with 4GB of RAM.


MacBook Airs being cleared for approaching new model?

02/10, 8:26pm

Pricing changes, inventory reports suggest late-Feb refresh of Apple ultrabook

Thanks to a confluence of factors -- including sudden price reductions on existing inventory, reports of a lack of restocking, and the timing of Intel's latest low-power notebook chips -- the likelihood of Apple offering a refreshed version of its MacBook Air later this month now appears high. Apple's most popular model of notebook will likely see a chip upgrade to Intel's Broadwell processors, with the possibility of a new 12-inch Retina model.


Xi3 showcases Broadwell-based NUC micro-mini systems at CES

01/06, 8:58pm

Enterprise and consumer models available in Q1

Hardware maker Xi3 will be showing off their new "next unit of computing" (NUC) models based on the Intel's fifth-generation Core "Broadwell" processors at their CES booth this week. NUC machines are tiny form-factor computers, similar to a stripped-down Mac mini, that eschew legacy connectivity in favor of cooler, quieter power efficiency compared to tower-style machines. The Xi3 offerings include four different models, for enterprise and consumer customers, including the Xi2 NUC Elli 5 and 5 Pro, and the Xi3 NUC Leon 5 and 5 Pro.


HP brings Broadwell processors to ZBook 14, 15u Ultrabook workstations

01/05, 6:00pm

New computers have myriad of upgrade options, including touchscreens

In addition to new display technology and a small form factor PC, computer manufacturer HP has unveiled what it calls its thinnest and lightest workstation ultrabooks. Revealed today are the new HP ZBook 14 G2, and the Zbook 15u G2, both boasting Intel's new Broadwell processor line. The second-generation models have a 14-inch or 15.6-inch high-performance screen size (respectively), and are customizable workstations equipped with Microsoft Windows 8.1, fifth-generation Intel Core processors, with AMD FirePro 3D graphics.


Intel ships new dual-core PC Broadwell, mobile Cherry Trail processors

01/05, 10:28am

Lineup lacks quad-core desktop and laptop processors

Today, Intel finally unveiled the fifth-generation Intel Core processor family. Named "Broadwell," the long-expected chip technology is introduced in 14 new processors for consumers and businesses, including ten new 15W processors with Intel HD graphics, and four new 28W products with Intel Iris graphics. Alongside the release is the "Cherry Trail" mobile processor, offering 64-bit computing and improved graphics for the mobile user.


Intel lets the world in on its next processor architecture, 'Skylake'

09/10, 8:52pm

Skylake continues 14nm process from Broadwell, could usher in true wireless devices

During the Intel Developer Forum in the Bay Area yesterday, Intel let the world have its first look at the company's new chip series, which will follow Broadwell. The new PC chips, code-named Skylake, will retain the 14nm process that Broadwell introduced, but brings new microarchitecture to the processor that aims to improve performance and provide the platform for the next die shrink.


Intel reveals first three low-powered Core M processors

09/05, 2:02pm

Core M processors to be used for thin, fanless notebooks, tablets

Intel has launched its Core M processors, the first "Broadwell" chips from the manufacturer. The Core M chip, made using a 14-nanometer process, is said to provide high performance for mobile devices and notebooks, in theory allowing computer and tablet producers to create thinner devices with a longer battery life, as well as fanless systems.


Intel: First Broadwell chips won't arrive until end of 2014

08/11, 7:03pm

Pushes back possibility of Broadwell-based MacBooks into 2015

Intel's latest consumer-class CPUs, the energy-saving "Broadwell" chips, will only be appearing in limited quantities this year -- and even then only the lowest-end of the chip range will be available, intended for fanless devices like tablets and hybrid tablet-ultrabook devices, says Intel. The new delay, particularly of the more powerful variants, will put a dent in the plans of notebook manufacturers to release power-sipping revamped products in time for the holiday buying season.


Shipments of Intel Broadwell processors delayed, claims report

07/09, 11:58am

Low-powered Broadwell chips claimed for shipment before holidays

Intel's Broadwell processors may end up shipping later than first thought, according to a rumor. The majority of the 14nm-process chips will allegedly go on the market in 2015 instead of this year, though Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich's promise of Broadwell chips shipping in time for the holiday season will apparently be kept, albeit only for lower-powered devices.


Intel CEO claims Broadwell-based computers due by holiday season

05/19, 8:06pm

Fifth-generation Intel chips not expected to ship by July, August

Intel will be bringing its first chips running the "Broadwell" architecture in time for the holiday season, the head of the company has advised. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich claimed at the weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo, California that, though it will be out before the end of the year, computers running the new fifth-generation processors will not likely ship in time for Back to School shopping.


Intel shows Extreme eight-core Haswell, reference all-in-one computer

03/20, 10:54am

Game Developer Conference venue for Intel's latest announcement

Intel Corporation unveiled a set of roadmap enhancements, platform features and software partnerships to help drive what the company calls "the reinvention of desktop computing." Included in its announcement are the "Devil's Canyon" processor -- featuring an eight-core design utilizing the Haswell architecture -- a commemorative Pentium processor, and a reference design for a portable all-in-one computer.


Intel denies rumors on Ball Grid Array processor-only future

12/06, 12:41pm

Chip maker to remain committed in offering LGA processors

Intel has all but completely denied the rumors that it would move towards only producing hardwired processors. The chip producer has said it would continue to make processors that use sockets in the future, though it was not able to talk about "specific long-term product roadmap plans" which could still be a socket-less existence.


Intel Broadwell architecture reportedly not upgradable

11/30, 6:30am

Socketless move sees Intel merge processors with motherboard

Intel is moving towards creating processors that are not replaceable, according to a number of reports. It has been claimed that a new 14-nanometer architecture called Broadwell will replace the current Land Grid Array (LGA) with a Ball Grid Array (BGA), which would make processor-only upgrades effectively impossible to perform.



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