Get the Big Embedded Payoff: The 5th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor
September 04, 2015 | BY: Aaron FrankDownload PDF
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).