Intel’s Broadwell chip is getting ready to power next-generation Chromebooks

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Last week, Intel announced its next processor family. Broadwell will be the follow-up to Haswell, which already powers many Chromebooks. The benefits to Broadwell include a smaller overall package, less heat so need for a fan and, according to Intel, Haswell-level performance. So where do new Chromebooks fit in?

Each time a new chip is planned to work with Google’s Chrome OS, the Chromium software team has to work with it for software optimization. And it appears that effort has already begun based on the addition of a new Broadwell-powered board in the Chromium software repository.

We discuss what that could mean for future Chromebooks on our Chrome Show podcast, along with several new functions in the Chrome beta browser. Tune in below or download the podcast here to listen.

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Chris Saunders

I have been holding out for a Pixel 2 since the first one was announced. A Pixel with all day battery life and an LTE chip would be really, really interesting for a lot of people I think. Especially now with Android applications starting to make their way to Chrome OS!

jjj

Gah why is the bulk of the press not even paying attention.
The only Broadwell launched this year is what they call Core M and they can’t really ship much, so pretty low volume this year.
It’s a dual core,4.5W part targeted at tablets and convertibles. The die is 83mm2 (so as big as a Tegra , or if you want, the Snapdragon 800 with integrated LTE is 42% bigger at 118mm2) and comes on a little board with the chipset while costing 281$ (ofc how much each OEM pays is another matter).
So not only it’s way costly ,it’s also rather hard to find and not really targeted for laptops. So yeah sure it can be shoved in a Chromebook but there is not much of a point in doing so.
As for other Broadwell parts , they should trickle out slowly in the first half of next year, unless Intel messed up even more than they have so far admitted to.
So temper your speculations to be more in line with the reality.

Kevin C. Tofel

Uh… if there’s no point in doing so, why has a manufacturer supplied the Chromium team with a Broadwell board for Chrome OS? That’s standard operating procedure to build a Chrome OS device with new hardware.

jjj

Won ,even with an explanation and you still persist in your mistakes.
There is no point in using what is available now because of price and it’s terrible value. There is a reason systems announced with Core M are 1k$.If someone wants to make a Chromebook that costs 2-3 times more than most and doesn’t offer (duald core and low clocks) much perf ,then it is possible but not worth it since the volume would be low, people don’t pay that much for Chromebooks.
The perf of Core M is not much and the price is huge vs a bit less perf from and ARM SoC at 30$ if you need to go fanless.
That doesn’t mean that future Broadwell parts ,that should be out in the first half of next year won’t be used and ofc Intel and others involved are working on the software needed.
You get it now or you need further explanations?

Kevin C. Tofel

LOL! I didn’t need the first explanation. ;)

Nowhere did I say that anyone is using a $1,000 Core M chip for a Chromebook and that such a device would be here in this year.

The simple *fact* is: The Chromium team has a Broadwell based board to work with Chrome OS. It could be for testing or it could be for future products. Such as a Pixel 2. I don’t know that of course but it’s one of many reasonable explanations.

All I’ve done is pointed out the *fact* with some possible, logical interpretation. Feel free to disagree, but you’ll never convince me that the Chromium team isn’t working on Chrome OS with a Broadwell chip at this point.

jjj

Maybe you should try harder to remember what was actually said because you seem to have forgotten. You are talking about fanlass Broadwell , as in this chip ( but maybe you are yet to realize that not all Broadwell is fanless) and there is no 1000$ Core M but hey, apparently you can’t read.
And i am done with you, if you were a Comcast rep i would ask for your supervisor, but then again ,that guy is paying you, how smart can he be.

briannhinton

You really missed the entire point of the post in that the Chromium team actually received a new Broadwell board. And when this occurs it usually means that devices are coming, and that optimizations need to happen to get the Chipset working well with the OS.

Additionally, I don’t believe you’ve been paying attention regarding the hints of Chrome OS receiving broad optimizations for touch, and with Android apps being ported to run in Chrome OS it’s entirely possible we’ll see an emergence of a number of hybrid / tablet designs which Broadwell would be perfect. I don’t necessarily believe this will occur in many devices of course, but it’s a possibility.

And obviously additional Broadwell options will trickle out early next year. This is usually the case when new chipsets are released where we’ll see a few options initially that will grow into additional options with price points that are across the board months later.

Next year is just a few months away, and Intel has stated we should expect Chromebook updates with the new Broadwell chipset in early 2015 (specifically Q1 2015). The updates will include the Broadwell Celeron U, and new Core i3 U chips as well. So it makes sense that Chromium is working on things. Development of hardware, and software doesn’t happen overnight.

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