A new chip cycle is here

Up to three more Broadwell-based Chromebooks in the works

We only saw one new Chromebook at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but if you listened to our Chrome Show podcast, you’d know why: The next-generation of Intel chips were only just announced this week. These chips — designed on what Intel calls its Broadwell architecture — bring a slight performance boost and noticeably battery life improvement to computers.

Acer Chromebook 15 size

Now that Broadwell has made its official debut, there are three new potential [company]Google[/company] Chrome OS devices on the way. How do we know? Because three new computing boards that use Broadwell chips were added to the Chromium OS repository according to Google’s François Beaufort. That means computer makers are working with Google to get the boards certified and optimized for the Chrome OS software.

We saw the first Broadwell board added to the repository back in September; my guess is that it eventually became the new Acer Chromebook 15 that launched at CES and was featured at [company]Intel[/company]’s booth on the show floor.

At this point, we don’t know which device makers submitted the boards into the repository, what screen sizes the devices will have or any other details. All we know is that new Chrome OS devices with Intel’s fifth generation chips are in the works and on the way. My hope is that we get preliminary information on actual new products next month.

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