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Intel cranks up laptop battery life, graphics with new Broadwell Core chips

Agam Shah | Jan. 6, 2015
Laptop battery life and graphics will get a serious boost with Intel's new Core processors, reaching PCs this month following a long delay.

Intel is initially shipping dual-core Core i3, i5 and i7 Broadwell chips for laptops, desktops and mini-PCs. In all, Intel is launching 14 chips, including 10 that draw 15 watts of power and four that draw 28 watts of power. The more power-hungry chips usually deliver better performance. The chips operate at clock speeds between 1.6GHz to 3.2GHz and are priced between US$275 and $426.

The fifth-generation Core i processors are different from the Core M tablet chips, which are also based on the Broadwell microarchitecture. The Core M chips draw between 4.5 watt and 10 watts of power.

Intel is packing new graphics cores in the chips, which will support decoding of 4K videos based on the VP9 and H.265 HEVC formats. A few chips will have the premium Iris Pro graphics core, which has an assortment of Intel's latest graphics features. Other chips will have the low-end HD5500 core, which isn't as powerful as Iris Pro, but draws less power.

Later in the year, Intel will release its highest performing Core chips, called Broadwell-H, which will have quad-core CPUs and Iris Pro graphics. Intel this month will also hold a series of events to talk about vPro, which is a hardware and software package that will allow laptops and desktops to be managed and secured remotely.

 

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