Intel launches 5th-generation 'Broadwell' processors

Intel has just announced its 5th generation Intel Core processors, also known as Broadwell, at CES 2015. The new chips are 37% smaller than the previous generation, using Intel's new 14nm process. Intel emphasizes the performance gains in Broadwell, especially battery life improvements. Intel says that battery life could improve by as much as 1.5 hours. The chips also enable faster wake times and improved graphics performance.

The 5th generation chips are also designed with Internet-connected devices and more immersive experiences, such as voice interactions with your devices, in mind. The new lineup includes the Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i5 vPro, Core i7, and Core i7 vPro. There are also new Celeron and Pentium processors based on the 14nm process, as well as 14nm chips for tablets, with the codename of Cherry Trail. Cherry Trail devices are expected some time in the first half of this year.

Press release:

The Next Generation of Computing Has Arrived: Performance to Power Amazing Experiences

The new 5th Generation Intel® CoreTM processor family is Intel's latest wave of 14nm processors, delivering improved system and graphics performance, more natural and immersive user experiences, and enabling longer battery life compared to previous generations. The release of the 5th Generation Intel Core technology includes 14 new processors for consumers and businesses, including 10 new 15W processors with Intel® HD Graphics and four new 28W products with Intel® IrisTM Graphics. The 5th Generation Intel Core processor is purpose-built for the next generation of compute devices offering a thinner, lighter and more efficient experience across diverse form factors, including traditional notebooks, 2 in 1s, UltrabooksTM, Chromebooks, all-in-one desktop PCs and mini PCs. With the 5th Generation Intel Core processor availability, the "Broadwell" microarchitecture is expected to be the fastest mobile transition in company history to offer consumers a broad selection and availability of devices.

Intel also started shipping its next generation 14nm processor for tablets, codenamed "Cherry Trail", to device manufacturers. The new system on a chip (SoC) offers 64-bit computing, improved graphics with Intel® Generation 8-LP graphics, great performance and battery life for mainstream tablets. The platform offers world-class modem capabilities with LTE-Advanced on Intel® XMMTM 726x platform, which supports Cat-6 speeds and carrier aggregation. Customers will introduce new products based on this platform starting in the first half of this year.

Key benefits of the 5th Generation Intel Core family and the next-generation 14nm processor for tablets include:

Powerful Performance. The 5th Generation Intel Core (U series) processors utilize Intel's new 14nm process technology to improve upon the previous generation Intel Core processor's success with 35 percent more transistors on a 37 percent smaller die. The new process, combined with architectural enhancements, enables the 5th Generation Intel Core processors to deliver up to 24 percent better graphics performance, up to 50 percent faster video conversion and battery life that is up to 1.5 hours longer. Consumers who are planning to refresh a 4-5-year-old PC will also notice significant improvements: graphics performance up to 12 times better, video conversion speed up to 8 times faster, productivity performance up to 2.5 times faster, wake times 9 times faster, all with up to 2 times longer battery life.

Power Efficient. Even Longer Battery Life. Intel continues to drive battery life improvements, and the newest processor family raises the bar yet again. With power management and design improvements, plus the increased efficiency of Intel's 14nm manufacturing process, consumers get up to 1.5 hours more battery life than the previous 4th Generation Intel Core (U series) processors. The result is more power and performance without sacrificing battery life.

Watch. Game. Create with Intel Graphics. The 5th Generation Intel Core processor family brings the next evolution in processor graphics architecture enabling new levels of performance and power efficiency paired with Intel's leading CPU technology. The new 5th Generation Intel Core processorfamily offers graphics options including Intel® HD Graphics 5500, HD Graphics 6000 and Intel® IrisTM Graphics 6100. All of these provide stunning visuals and enable 4K Ultra HD display, including over Intel WiDi 5.14. Additional platform features include enhanced new codec decode support for VP8, VP9 and HEVC, as well as support for the latest graphics APIs (DX 11.2, DX 12 Ready) and graphics programmability features, including OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.3. Intel Iris Graphics includes these features plus significantly better 3D performance compared to Intel HD Graphics 5500 processors.

Whether playing the latest mainstream game, watching videos in 4K Ultra HD, or simply sharing your latest gameplay and video creations with family, Intel HD and Iris graphics deliver an eye-popping visual experience.

Internet of Things. Intel's 5th Generation Intel Core processors are also available to power the growing Internet of Things (IoT), particularly in such vertical segments as retail, manufacturing and medical. Thanks to Intel's leading 14nm process technology and architecture, the 5th Generation Intel Core processor is designed to deliver enhanced graphics and increased performance in a smaller thermal envelope, supporting the next generation of IoT solutions, while maintaining compatibility with previous generations. The improved capabilities and security features can power end-to-end IoT solutions to deliver customer benefits and business insights.

More Natural and Immersive Experiences. The performance of 5th Generation Intel Core processors provides the foundation for great user experiences today and in the future. When paired with Intel® RealSenseTM 3D technology, no wires and no passwords capabilities, and voice assistants, the 5th Generation Intel Core processors enable more natural and interactive user experiences. Intel RealSense 3D technology brings features like gesture control, 3D capture and edit, and innovative photo and video capabilities to devices. With a vision for a "no wires" experience, Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi) v.5.1 and WiGig wireless docking provide users more control over their experience by allowing them to compute and share from virtually anywhere without the clutter of wires and cords. Intel's voice assistant technology allows the user to control your PC within the browser and enabled apps using voice commands, and now includes Wake on Voice5 technology to awake your PC with just the sound of your voice.

Intel's 14nm, next-generation Intel Atom processor for tablets, "Cherry Trail", will offer new user experiences such as Intel RealSense technology, no wires, no passwords and Intel® Context AwareTM technology capabilities, bringing new innovation and excitement to tablets. Intel RealSense Snapshot provides depth-sensing photo capabilities, giving people the power to change focus, take measurements, and add dynamic effects and motion to pictures with a touch of a finger. With its no wires capabilities, Cherry Trail enables tablets to wirelessly display content to a big screen or projector. Cherry Trail will also enable users to login with their face, fingerprint or a trusted device they assigned. Using an accelerometer, sound and light sensors, and information from the cloud, Intel Context Aware technology can determine the context or environment someone is in and provide information based on those surroundings.

Line-Up and Availability. The new 5th Generation Intel Core processor family includes the Intel® CoreTM i3, Intel® CoreTM i5, Intel® CoreTM i5 vProTM, Intel® CoreTM i7, and Intel® CoreTM i7 vProTM processors. New Intel® Pentium® and Intel® Celeron® processors, also based on the 14nm process, are now available. 5th Generation Intel Core processor-based systems from a variety of manufacturers are expected to arrive in January. Devices based on the "Cherry Trail" platform are expected in the first half of 2015. For more information, visit