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Get the Big Embedded Payoff: The 5th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor

September 04, 2015 | BY: Aaron Frank

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Intel’s new Broadwell processor was developed for broad commercial markets but also offers big benefits to embedded defense applications. Tech refresh programs will see impressive performance-per-watt improvements while new designs can exploit an extremely fast multi-core processor and powerful integrated graphics combined in a single package. 

Moving Forward with Intel’s ‘Tick-Tock’ 

The new 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 ‘Broadwell’ processor is the latest step in Intel’s relentless march of performance improvement. Following a Tick-Tock model, Intel alternates its processor development by creating a new micro-architecture in one generation and then shrinking the die geometry in the following generation. This Tick- Tock cadence steps forward roughly every 18 months. Broadwell is a die shrink of the previous generation Haswell architecture chip. 

Broadwell’s Extra Punch is the Integrated Graphics Processing Unit 

For general purpose processing, Broadwell delivers a modest 10-15% improvement over the previous generation Haswell or a more significant 40-50% improvement over the 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge family. However, a much larger payoff is evident in the chip’s graphics and floating point processing, driven by Broadwell’s integrated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). 

Author’s Biography

Aaron Frank

Senior Product Manager, Intel SBC

Aaron Frank joined Curtiss-Wright in January 2010. As the Senior Product Manager for our Intel Single Board Computer product line, he is responsible for a wide range of COTS products utilizing Intel technologies in many industry standard module formats (VME, VPX, etc). His focus includes product development and marketing strategies, technology roadmaps, and serving as a subject matter expert within the sales team. Previous to this role, Aaron held the product Manager role for Networking products. Aaron has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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