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Intel's first Broadwell chips set the stage for faster PCs

Agam Shah | March 20, 2014
Haswell, move over. Intel has provided an initial glimpse into the faster and more power-efficient fifth-generation Core processors code-named Broadwell, which will be in PCs during the second half of this year.

Intel showed the first Broadwell-based laptop prototype in September last year. The company is expecting Broadwell to be 30 percent more power efficient and faster than Haswell counterparts. That translates to longer battery life than Haswell laptops. Lenovo has claimed its ThinkPad X240 with Haswell chips could offer 17 hours of battery through internal and swappable batteries.

Intel has had its share of troubles with Broadwell. The chip maker delayed production of the processors due to manufacturing defects, which analysts said could postpone the launch of PCs based on the new chip architecture. Intel went on to say PCs based on Broadwell could be expected in the second half of this year, though no exact time frame was provided.

 

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