Intel Unveils Broadwell Mobile SoC, Devil's Canyon 4GHz PC Chip
The chip maker's announcements at Computex also include a demonstration of a smartphone running on a SoFIA chip.Intel officials at the Computex 2014 trade show continued the company's push into the mobile space and new PC form factors, showing off its upcoming "Broadwell" processor for tablets and 2-in-1 devices and demonstrating a smartphone powered by a SoFIA chip with integrated wireless capabilities. At the same time, Intel President Renee Jameson on June 3 also unveiled the latest Core i5 and i7 chips for PCs, including the Core i7 4790K—codenamed "Devil's Canyon"—the first Intel chip to run at up to 4GHz. The range of announcements Intel made at Computex in Taiwan—including that the category 6-capable XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced platform is now shipping to customers for testing and will appear in devices in the coming months—back up CEO Brian Krzanich's previous statements that Intel's goal is to prove that if a device computes, it does so best on Intel Architecture. "The lines between technology categories are blurring as the era of integrated computing takes hold where form factor matters less than the experience delivered when all devices are connected to each other and to the cloud," James said, according to Intel. "Whether it's a smartphone, smart shirt, ultra-thin 2-in-1 or a new cloud service delivered to smart buildings outfitted with connected systems, together Intel and the Taiwan ecosystem have the opportunity to accelerate and deliver the value of a smart, seamlessly connected and integrated world of computing."
Intel has been working to expand its presence in the mobile computing space, an effort that has ramped up since Krzanich took over the reins a year ago. At the same time, the company is looking to recharge the stagnant PC market by pushing new form factors, including convertible PCs and 2-in-1 systems, which can be used as either traditional laptops or tablets.