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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 & Graphics

Aaron Frank joined Curtiss-Wright in January 2010. As the Senior Product Manager for our Intel Single Board Computer and Graphics product lines, he is responsible for a wide range of COTS products utilizing Intel processing and video graphics/GPU 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 degree from the University of Waterloo.

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