Intel’s Broadwell next-generation processor to feature in PCs by end of year

19 May 2014

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The current generation Haswell chip (left) being compared with the forthcoming Broadwell chip (right)

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Intel’s CEO Brian Kzranich has confirmed that Intel is on schedule to ship its next-generation Broadwell chips to PC manufacturers by the end of this year.

Krzanich said it was unlikely, however, the first Broadwell PCs will be ready for the back-to-school season.

“I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday,” Krzanich said in an interview with Reuters.

“Back to school – that's a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That's going to be tough.”

In effect, the first Broadwell chip-based PCs are likely to be in the marketplace around the end of October/early November to take advantage of the hectic Christmas sales season.

The Broadwell chipset boasts faster speeds, smaller size and a boost to graphics capabilities, as well as increased power efficiency.

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