Intel Announces "Braswell" For Chromebooks, Low-End PCs
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 3 April 2014 at 11:42 AM EDT. Add A Comment
At the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China, Intel has announced Braswell as a new processor to succeed Bay Trail within low-end PCs, laptops, and Chromebooks.

Public details on Braswell chips are still scarce, including when the CPUs will begin to ship, but they will be manufactured at a 14nm process and reportedly found in over 20 Chromebook designs. Hearing now about Braswell is interesting as Cherry Trail / Cherryview was expected as the successor to Bay Trail, but Cherry Trail is still coming and just days ago we saw open-source Linux driver commits about the upcoming platform. It looks like Cherry Trail could be isolated to tablets while Braswell would handle the low-end PC and Chromebook market. Intel considers the low-end PC market to be sub-$500 Windows PCs.


Intel Developer Forum SF from a few years ago.


When we hear more about the 14nm Braswell that will be running alongside Broadwell on the high-end performance desktop, we'll be sure to pass it along. We have yet to see any Linux-related driver commits mentioning Braswell. Right now we're still very fascinated by Bay Trail on Linux so we're very curious to see how well Intel's 2014 offerings will perform.

On a separate metter, Intel also announced today at IDF the 64-bit Android kernel for Android KitKat 4.4.
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