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Intel reinvents desktop PC with new Core chips, portable all-in-one

Mark Hachman | March 21, 2014
Intel unveiled four new desktop chips and some new desktop concepts, plus a sneak peek of its Broadwell fifth-generation Core architecture.

All of the Haswell parts will be enhanced with a new low-power mode, known as Intel Ready Mode, which will be enabled either with Intel's own software or software supplied by an OEM. But the PC will remain on, and connected. "That will keep the desktop PC in active mode, but at less than 10 watts," Graff said. That's less power than a light bulb consumes, she said.

At the high end, Intel will announce a new Extreme Edition chip, its first with 8 cores, running in conjunction with a new X99 chipset, that will launch in the second half of 2014. The chip will use next-generation DDR4 memory.

Finally, there's Broadwell, the code name for the fifth-generation Core architecture. Broadwell's production was delayed until this quarter, due to a manufacturing glitch. But Graff offered a sneak peek of the chip, complete with its new, advanced Iris Pro Graphics capabilities. Intel first began talking up those parts last year, claiming that its integrated Iris Pro chips would offer the graphics performance of mid-range mobile discrete parts. Graff declined to say when Broadwell would ship.

Updated at 5:03 PM PT with a photo of the Black Brook PC.


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