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.
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.