1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

Intel Starts Shipping Core M Broadwell-Y 14nm Chips

Intel

Published on 11 August 2014 12:38 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
3 Comments

Intel passed along word that they've begun shipping their Core M Broadwell-Y chips.

Before getting too excited about Broadwell desktop CPUs, the Core M Broadwell-Y chips are just intended for tablets and ultrabooks that will be shipping this calendar year. As expected, those after Broadwell CPUs for desktops and other lines will end up waiting into H1'2015 for the Haswell successor to finally appear on desktop systems (Broadwell-H). Broadwell-Y is the line of SoCs with sub-5 Watt TDPs shipping under the Core-M branding.

The 14nm Core M Broadwell-Y chips should come in at about half the power use of similarly equipped Haswell chips thanks to the die shrink and allow the chip to be used in fanless mobile designs less than 9mm thick. Besides consuming less power and taking up less PCB real estate, their graphics are much better and there's other additions over Haswell like VP8 video decoding and new instruction set extensions.

Intel is currently promoting to its partners a 7.2mm-thick convertible tablet based on Broadwell-Y codenamed "Llama Mountain", but the only downside is that the Llama is packing Windows 8.1 although Intel remains committed to Android x86 in the mobile space.

Intel Starts Shipping Core M Broadwell-Y 14nm Chips


In terms of the Linux support for Broadwell, as we've been reporting for months it's nearly spot-on and ready to shine. There's still some graphics features being worked on but overall using the latest Linux code right now along with other Git code of crucial components like Mesa should be good enough for the initial roll-out support. Performance optimizations and other features to tackle are expected to come over the next few Linux/Mesa release cycles while the Intel Open-Source Technology Center crew has already started working on Skylake driver support, which is Broadwell's successor.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux News
  1. Ubuntu MATE Announces A Partnership With A PC Hardware Vendor
  2. Linux 4, GCC v. Clang & Vulkan Were Among The Hot Stories So Far This Year
  3. FUSE Starts Working On Scalability Improvements With Linux 4.2
  4. Steam Linux Usage Continued Falling In June
  5. Blender 2.75 Released With AMD OpenCL Support, Multi-View/Stereo 3D Pipeline
  6. Radeon & AMDGPU DRM Fixes Queue Up For Linux 4.2
  7. KDE Applications 15.04.3 Fixes Bugs
  8. Benchmarks Of 54 Different Intel/AMD Linux Systems
  9. Linux 4.2 Bringing Support For ARCv2, HS38 CPU Cores
  10. Libdrm 2.4.62 Is An Important Update For Open-Source GPU Drivers
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. How KDE VDG Is Trying To Make Open-Source Software Beautiful
  2. Attempting To Try Out BCache On The Linux 4.1 Kernel
  3. CompuLab's Fitlet Is A Very Tiny, Fanless, Linux PC With AMD A10 Micro
  4. AMD A10-7870K Godavari: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Linux Drivers
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Kubuntu 15.10 Could Be The End Of The Road
  2. KDBUS Won't Be Pushed Until The Linux 4.3 Kernel
  3. The State & Complications Of Porting The Unity Editor To Linux
  4. The Staging Pull For Linux 4.2: "Big, Really Big"
  5. Latest Rumor Pegs Microsoft Wanting To Buy AMD
  6. Exciting Features Merged So Far For The Linux 4.2 Kernel
  7. SteamOS "Brewmaster" Is Valve's New Debian 8.1 Based Version
  8. ARM Posts Pictures Of AMD's New Development Board