Broadwell:A look at Intel’s Low-Power Core M and its 14nm (nanometer) process. This New chip will have a lot to offer. Intel isn’t giving out specific performance or power consumption numbers for its new processors. # Intel’s 14nm process refines the ” Tri – Gate ” transistor technology the company introduced in its 22nm process.
# The next Atom CPU architecture, a “tick”-style shrink of Silvermont named Airmont, will also use the 14nm manufacturing process.
There’s good and bad news on this front. The good news is that Intel has 14nm production in what it deems a “healthy range,” and the “lead product” for 14nm is in volume production and shipping to PC OEMs now—that would be the Core M, which we’ll discuss in more detail later. “Further improvements” to the process are still being made, and, at some point in 2015, Intel thinks yields will improve to roughly the level that the 22nm process is at right now.
Broadwell chips will be Intel’s first to use the 14nm process, and, of all the chips that will eventually ship with Broadwell, the low-power Core M family will be the first. This isn’t the first time Intel has talked about Core M—it was first mentioned at this year’s Computex in June.
As we reported then, Core M is a new name, but it’s not necessarily a new class of product. It’s just the new name for Intel’s Y-series parts, the slowest and most battery-friendly chips in Intel’s CPU lineup to be based on its flagship architecture (they occupy the space between the U-series processors you’d find in a MacBook Air and most Ultrabooks and the Atom chips you can find in lower-end tablets, convertibles, and laptops). Previous, Y-series chips used the same Core i3, i5, and i7 badges as other CPUs, but that will no longer be true for Broadwell.
Broadwell should have some features ::