Intel’s first Broadwell chip is ready to go and the first laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1s featuring the new processor should hit the streets soon.
The Intel Core M processor is a 4.5 watt chip that has the kind of power consumption (and efficiency) you’d expect from a cheap Intel Atom processor. But early benchmark tests suggest this little chip is a beast: It seems to outperform Core i3 and Core i5 Haswell chips that use 3 times as much power in at least some tests.
That’s good news if you’ve been hoping for higher-performance portable devices. But it means that if you’re looking for cheap devices, you’ll probably be better off buying a system with an Intel Bay Trail chip for now.
- Some early benchmarks of Intel’s Core M “Broadwell” CPU
- … and a few more benchmarks
These results aren’t quite as detailed, but they include a look at the Broadwell tablet’s Cinebench score. It’s also much better than you’d expect from a system with a Bay Trail or AMD Beema or Mullins processor. [HotHardware]
- Marvell updates its Armada chip family with the Armada 1500 Pro 4K
Chip maker Marvell might not have a new low-power chip for laptops or tablets, but the company is hoping to power your next Smart TV or TV box with a new chip that can handle Ultra HD video. [Marvell]
- DSLR (Damn Small Linux Remake) is a complete operating system that uses just over 100MB
Damn Small Linux is dead… long live Damn Small Linux Remake. It’s a fully functional operating system that’s not quite as compact as a 15MB Tiny Core Linux system, but which includes far more apps that work out of the box. [Hacker News]
- Now you can install free Chrome web apps even when you’re not signed into the Chrome Web Store
Don’t ask me why you’d want to do that… but now you can. [+François Beaufort]
- Report: No new Kobo tablets coming this year
Kobo’s instead said to be focusing on getting its app preloaded on other Android devices. Meanwhile the company continues to crank out interesting (if moderately pricey) eReaders like the new waterproof Kobo Aura H20. [The Digital Reader]
- Hey look, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus showed up at the FCC this week
This isn’t quite as exciting as it would have been if it hit the FCC *before* Apple announced the new phones… but Apple has a way of letting its product pages go live on the FCC moments after its official launch events. [FCC]