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New Intel Processors Make Waves at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

Ken Kaplan Executive Editor, Intel iQ Twitter

New brains for computing devices are at the center of many big announcements at world’s largest consumer electronics show.

The “badass brains” that will power your next PC. That’s what Gizmodo writer Eric Limer said about new 5th generation Intel Core processors just after they were unveiled at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.

The new computer processors with embedded graphics, which join the previously released Intel Core M processor line for super thin mobile computers, contain 1.3 billion transistors, which is 35 percent more than the previous generation.

Limer pointed out that the new transistors measure 14 nanometers, much smaller than the 22-nanometer transistors used for the fourth generation, resulting in better performance and energy consumption.

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“Moore’s law at work!” he wrote.

They’re actually the world’s first processors built on 14-nanometer process technology, which has led to unprecedented levels of versatility and efficiency, bringing PC-level performance even to ultra-mobile devices.

The new technology will be inside many new laptops, 2 in 1 laptop-to-tablet devices, Chromebooks, all-in-one desktop PCs and mini PCs being introduced at CES 2015. Branded Intel Core i3, i5 and i7, 5th generation designs will also be used to make new Pentium Celeron-branded processors.

ASUS is using Intel Core M processors, based on the same architecture as the 5th Gen Intel Core processors, to power their new Transformer Book Chi, a 2 in 1 with a removable keyboard, turning into the world’s slimmest Windows tablet.

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“Power consumption keeps dropping, power production keeps increasing,” wrote Vlad Savov of The Verge about the 5th generation Intel Core technology. “Better graphics and much better battery life are leading to the best laptops we’ve yet seen.”

Lenovo is using it in what it dubs the world’s lightest 14-inch performance Ultrabook.

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“At 2.88 pounds, it’s decently light, and with a 5th generation Intel Core i7 processor, it’s certainly built to perform” wrote Pete Pachal in Mashable, about the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, released at CES in celebration of the 100 Millionth ThinkPad shipped.

Acer is using new 5th generation Intel Celeron in its new stylish and sturdy Chromebook 15, what Acer dubs the first Chromebook with a large 15.6-inch display, starting at less than $250.

“The Chromebook 15 looks like an attractive option with plenty of processing power and real estate to get stuff done, especially for home use,” wrote Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief.

In Mashable, writer Rex Santus points out that “The Chromebook 15 has a fifth-generation Intel processor, as well as 15 hours of battery life… [and] has the largest touchpad available on any Chromebook device.”

Fast Facts About 5th Generation Intel Core

Compared with the previous generation, the size of the 5th generation Intel core chips are 37 percent smaller, but contain 35 percent more transistors, for a total of 1.3 billion.

Battery life on laptops can extend as much as 1.5 hours longer than laptops using 4th generation Intel Core technology.

3D-graphics rendering has improved by as much as 22 percent, while performance in its traditional strength of video encoding has leapt up by 50 percent.

Intel Hyper-Threading Technology allows the processors to handle more tasks at once, while Intel’s WiDi wireless streaming feature can now stream full 4K video.

Anyone planning to refresh a 4- or 5-year-old PC will also notice significant improvements: 12 times improved graphics performance, video conversion speed up to 8 times faster, productivity performance up to 2.5 times faster, wake times 9 times faster — all with up to twice the battery life.

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Built for Now and the Future

When paired with Intel RealSense 3D technology, no wires and no passwords capabilities, and voice assistants, the 5th generation processors enable more natural and interactive user experiences.

Intel RealSense 3D technology brings features like gesture control, 3D capture and edit, and innovative photo and video capabilities to devices. With a vision for a “no wires” experience, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) v.5.1 and WiGig wireless docking provide users more control over their experiences by allowing them to compute and share from virtually anywhere without the clutter of wires and cords.

Intel’s voice assistant technology allows the users to control thier PCs using voice commands, and now includes Wake on Voice5 technology, which awakens your PC with just the sound of your voice.

 

Editor’s Note: For more on this and other stories from the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show, watch the replay of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote address.

 

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