Intel unveils Intel Braswell chips for cheap laptops, new Bay Trail chips for $99 tablets

Intel’s low-power Bay Trail and Haswell processors are already popular options among budget notebook and tablet makers. But the company is promising its next-gen chips will offer better performance and lower power consumption, while still targeting devices that sell for under $500.

The new chips, code-named Braswell, will be available as a low-cost, low-power alternative to the 5th gen Core processors, code-named Broadwell.

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Intel says Braswell system-on-a-chip products will be based on a 14 nanometer design, which should help make the chips more efficient than the 22nm Haswell and Bay Trail chips they’ll replace. Among other things, the company expects Braswell chips to be used in future Chromebooks.

The announcement of the upcoming Braswell chips was made during the Intel Developer Forum in China, where the company also demonstrated a set-top-box it’s working on with Chinese device maker Xiaomi, introduced new 64-bit Bay trail chips for Android and Windows tablets with prices that could start as low as $99, and talked a bit about Intel’s latest wireless chips for smartphones.

While Intel is known first and foremost as a hardware maker, the company also introduced a version of Android 4.4 KitKat with a kernel that’s been optimized for Intel’s new 64-bit chips.

via CNET

  • George

    This news is all well and good, but it would help if more Play Store apps worked with x86 Android. The app for the local ABC affiliate doesn’t run on x86 Android, and neither does a multi-platform navigation app with global street level maps.

    Separately, Microsoft has indicated at the Build conference, going on now, that Windows will be free on devices with 9″ screens or smaller, which will slice $15 (what MS currently charges device manufacturers) off product costs. Looks like desperate times call for desperate measures.

    • CyberGusa

      A few things…

      1) x86 Android is a fork of Android but Intel has
      a deal with Google to run officially approved versions of Android
      released by Google… So when you see a Bay Trail device selling with
      Android, chances are it’ll have the Play Store and everything else…
      Just like all the previous ATOM based Android phones and tablets!

      2)
      Keep in mind mobile devices are often replaced every year or two… the
      lower price makes it easier to accept and a year subscription to Office
      365 can still be worth about $80 or more, depending on the exact
      deal… and you couldn’t transfer a Office Student copy anyway… and a
      cheaper device would usually come with smaller storage space that makes
      having large program installs more problematic versus replacing it was a
      cloud version…

      3) It’s really Google preventing x86 Android
      from supporting the play store and other things… They use a variety of
      methods to ensure they maintain control and dominance over the Android
      market… and there’s very little anyone can do about that… but Intel
      has a partnership with Google and as long as their products meet
      Google’s certification requirements then they can run the latest Google
      approved version of Android, just like ARM based products can…

      Google’s SDK’s, etc already support developers for both ARM and Intel based products…

  • ChicagoBob

    I just think that Intel is way way way way way behind. They promised Bay trail chips for Christmas last year and who delivered a cool chipset? ARM. ARM is kicking butt and Intel is just bringing old and slow to the table. Not a one of their tablets has met with praise.

    • Guest

      You sir are wrong, Bay trail and haswell are delivering the goods: both are built on leading edge 22Nm+finfet process that no other foundry can touch in terms of performance Vs power efficiency and they are available on a range of devices from laptops to convertibles and tablets! Not sure what your complaint is about but the only failure for Intel so far is in phones. With both processors getting a refresh now it only get’s better going forward! I am a big supporter of AMD but right now nothing from them is worth buying(other than graphics card): Richland , Kaveri, Kabini, Temash are all uncompetitive vs Intel and other than the Qualcomm stuff most of the ARM processors are pretty lame…worse yet with the Bay Trail refresh many of the devices will be good value and available across platforms from Windows to Android to Chrome. So WTF are you talking about!

      • ChicagoBob

        Where is that 99 dollar Baytrail Tablet? How about those J1900 motherboards that just came out at under $100 just trickling out that have down to be slower than Haswell . And then there its the K1 Nvidia coming out. how many Bay Trail Tablets in the month of Marh that you can buy??

      • CyberGusa

        You’re apparently very misinformed…

        First, the K1 coming out is still 32bit only… It’s still using the same Cortex A15 processors as the present Tegra 4… The 64bit version of the K1 isn’t due out for several more months at the earliest!

        Second, any comparison between Bay Trail and Haswell has to take into account that Haswell is meant for much higher end products and is priced multiple times higher than Bay Trail… So you wouldn’t be seeing a Haswell based product at under $100!

        Third, there are already more than a dozen different tablets and other products based on Bay Trail available now… Intel is even going to start releasing 9 more models for Bay Trail SoCs to serve even a wider range of products…

    • P0l0nium

      WARNING! Do not invest your pension fund based on that dinosaur opinion!

      The thing I like about opinions like yours is that it allows me to buy more Intel stock at knock-down prices :-)

      Here’s a tablet that meets with praise… There are 10 others if you look.
      http://www.pcworld.com/article/2068828/dell-venue-8-pro-review-windows-8-1-in-a-pint-sized-package.html. Note the availability … Christmas 2013.

      And here’s a table of performance per watt for various X86, ARM and “Power” chips showing Avoton (that’s an 8 core Silvermont part) being 2X as efficient as the best ARM based offering (Apple’s A7). see below.P/S/W is Performance per socket per watt Xgene and A7 are the ARM parts.

      Good luck at that poker table: You’ve dealt yourself a BAD hand.

      PLATFORM P/S/W
      QUAD P8 4GHz 2.95
      QUAD P7+ 460P 4.1GHz 1.23
      QUAD E7-4890V2 2.8GHz 4.6
      QUAD 6386SE 2.8GHz 1.91
      CENTERTON S1260 2GHz 1.53
      AVOTON C2750 2.4GHz 4.85
      AVOTON C2730 1.7GHz 5.75
      OPTERON 6386SE 2.07
      E3-1230Lv3 1.8GHz 3.55
      E3-1265Lv3 2.5GHz 4.18
      XGene 40nm 2.5GHz 1.94
      X-Gene 28nm 3GHz 2.53
      OPTERON X1150 28nm 1.65
      OPTERON A1100 28nm 3.2
      APPLE A7 2.65

  • Tsais

    Too bad Intel is building the creepiest back doors yet into their new chips.
    Like the ability to disable some of the hardware, based on the operating system you choose to install.

    Talk about loads of options for abuse by corporate cutthroats. The device you purchase will not be yours to control anymore.

    And the back doors built into Intel chips for this can be used for a lot of other things without your operating system or security software having any chance to ever detect or report this to you, since it all runs on the hardware level, unseen by software.

    A panacea for greedy corporations, pirates and spook agencies worldwide.

    • Tsais

      Sadly, most people are oblivious to such issues of freedom and self determination.

      They purchase stuff based on colorful advertising pictures and sugar coated marketing nonsense.