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Thin, light, wire free -- Intel's vision for your next PC

Agam Shah | July 17, 2014
Intel wants your future laptop to be thinner than an iPad and, like the iconic tablet, to be wire free. And it should cost less too.

Broadwell and Skylake chips will improve graphics and introduce DDR4 memory to PCs for faster internal data throughput. The chips will be made using the 14-nanometer process, which will bring faster performance and more power efficiency than the current crop of 22-nm chips.

Intel also wants to bring mobile broadband connectivity to Chromebooks, though no time frame for that was provided by Krzanich. Right now, Chromebooks with Intel chips largely don't have mobile broadband, but the chip maker wants to put its modem in the laptops so the Internet is more accessible.

"Chromebooks are best when they are connected," Krzanich said, adding that those requirements will drive use of modems in laptops.

A majority of Chromebooks currently have Pentium and Celeron chips based on Haswell and low-power Bay Trail microarchitectures. Intel is due to release new Pentium or Celeron chips code-named Braswell, which will be used in Chromebooks.

Windows tablets with Intel's Atom chip code-named Cherry Trail, which will succeed current Bay Trail Atom chips, will also be on store shelves by the end of the year. Android tablets could be added to the mix next year.

More technologies currently in research are also expected to reach PCs starting later this year. Intel is developing 3D webcam technology that will recognize moods, scan 3D objects and make storytelling more interactive.

 

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