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

19 May 2014

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

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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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years