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

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.