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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:06 AM   #1
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Intel Unveils Fanless PC Reference Design Based on Upcoming Broadwell Chips




Intel today showed off a new reference PC design built around the company's upcoming Broadwell Core M processor. The Core M is based on a 14 nm process and will the first Broadwell chip to be made available to manufacturers, who are expected to debut the chip in retail products by the end of this year.

With Intel experiencing difficulties and delays with the development of Broadwell, the current Haswell generation has been stretched out somewhat with only modest "Haswell refresh" bumps taking place in recent months to tide users over until Broadwell. With improved performance and efficiency, Broadwell is seen as a significant opportunity for innovation in personal computers.

Intel's reference design for hybrid tablet-notebook running on Broadwell
At Computex, Intel president Renee James showcased the first Core M device -- a 12.5-inch tablet-notebook hybrid that is thinner than the iPad Air, has a fanless design, and provides energy-efficient performance for mobile users.
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The innovative design is based on the first of Intel's next-generation 14nm Broadwell processors that are purpose-built for 2 in 1s and will be in market later this year. Called the Intel Core M processor, it will deliver the most energy-efficient Intel Core processor in the company's history. The majority of designs based on this new chip are expected to be fanless and deliver both a lightning-fast tablet and a razor-thin laptop.
Apple has been rumored to planning to release a fanless Retina MacBook Air later this year, but it is unclear exactly what technology Apple will use to achieve that design. The Core M processor being shown by Intel today is part of the Broadwell-Y series that runs at just a handful of watts, while the MacBook Air currently includes Haswell-U series chips running in the 15-watt range. Broadwell-U chips are expected, although perhaps not in significant quantities until early 2015.

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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:08 AM   #2
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This is not the WWDC update you are looking for
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:08 AM   #3
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Seriously?

I loved Craig's "diamond cut chamfers" joke - seems like everyone is getting in on the design.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:09 AM   #4
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I would be very interested in a Macbook Air with fan-less design, with a slimmer profile and longer battery life!
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:10 AM   #5
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I would love a fan less design without comprimising performance,
Hopefully intel can deliver.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:12 AM   #6
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Just in time to make the fanless Macbook Air look old.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:15 AM   #7
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The future looks kinda awesome.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:24 AM   #8
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Mac mini 2014?

Intel Core M processor, 20nm nVidia Maxwell GPU, PCIe SSD.

This has the potential to be both very powerful in terms of CPU and GPU and yet still be incredibly small and cool.

But since Apple is more about looks than functionality, they won't put a GPU inside the mini and use the built-in "Intel HD" GPU instead. Hopefully they will lower the price by 200$. Imagine a Mac nano for 399$!

edit: I'm looking at my Mac mini 2010 right now, with an external WD 2.5" drive on top of it, and I can imagine a Mac nano being the same size as that external drive.
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Gonna say something about the Mini, but just don't have it in me.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:26 AM   #10
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It is mind boggling how fast technology changes. It is almost every day something new comes about. It is great, but expensive to try and keep up with it.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:27 AM   #11
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Now we just need Apple to figure out how to shell the hardware properly in the casing, so we don't get laptops that gets hot enough to boil an egg.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:28 AM   #12
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Just in time to make the fanless Macbook Air look old.
Still plenty of fans for Apple products
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Now we just need Apple to figure out how to shell the hardware properly in the casing, so we don't get laptops that gets hot enough to boil an egg.
That is a problem with all technology sir
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Thinner than an iPad Air. Damn, tech is progressing at a ridiculous rate.

Would like a peak to see what's been cooking in Ive's labs using these processors - a new MBA would be very, very slick with this inside. (And I still think the current one is great).
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I would be very interested in a Macbook Air with fan-less design, with a slimmer profile and longer battery life!
I dunno. In the past fanless Macs have been advertised to run cool but they didn't.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:30 AM   #16
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This might be Intel panicking and responding to the rumors of Apple moving Mac's to ARM. This is still vaporware at this time, no actual product exists... Microsoft Courier anyone?

Intel has to deliver actual Broadwell's and then we can talk about what looks good and what does not.
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Good news. Less likely that the rumored 12" rMBA will be ARM based.
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Intel Core M processor, 20nm nVidia Maxwell GPU, PCIe SSD.

This has the potential to be both very powerful in terms of CPU and GPU and yet still be incredibly small and cool.

But since Apple is more about looks than functionality, they won't put a GPU inside the mini and use the built-in "Intel HD" GPU instead. Hopefully they will lower the price by 200$. Imagine a Mac nano for 399$!

edit: I'm looking at my Mac mini 2010 right now, with an external WD 2.5" drive on top of it, and I can imagine a Mac nano being the same size as that external drive.
That'd be nice, but...

Man, I'll die waiting for the xMac (iMac with no screen).

Why Apple?

WHY?

WHY ARE YOU DENYING US THIS????

And I don't want to hear anything about the whole "focus" BS. Apple has more money than God already. They can throw us (non-appliance fans) a bone here.
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I dunno. In the past fanless Macs have been advertised to run cool but they didn't.
A man can dream can't he!?
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That'd be nice, but...

Man, I'll die waiting for the xMac (iMac with no screen).

Why Apple?

WHY?

WHY ARE YOU DENYING US THIS????

And I don't want to hear anything about the whole "focus" BS. Apple has more money than God already. They can throw us (non-appliance fans) a bone here.
Mac Mini.
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What exactly is a handful of watts, and how does that compare to 15? What an utterly useless comparison.
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Old Jun 3, 2014, 10:40 AM   #22
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Mac Mini.
Yeah, Mac Mini has quad-core CPU and dedicated graphics and is exactly what an iMac would be without display
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That'd be nice, but...

Man, I'll die waiting for the xMac (iMac with no screen).

Why Apple?
How about a Mac Pro lite? That is desktop hardware inside a tower similar to the Mac Pro.
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WHY?

WHY ARE YOU DENYING US THIS????
A question I've been asking for years.
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And I don't want to hear anything about the whole "focus" BS. Apple has more money than God already. They can throw us (non-appliance fans) a bone here.
Eventually technology will get to the place where the Mini platform could house a pretty good desktop PC. We aren't far from that now. My fear though is that Apple will take this move to 14NM and try to make an even smaller fan less machine instead of giving us a maximal performance Mac Mini. In other words just about the time the right technology debuts for a decent Mini, Apple will cancel the machine to make a smaller machine.

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Mac Mini.
Not today's Mini!!

Given that the coming technology has the potential to really enhance the machine. That is if Apple actually leverages 14nm to seriously up the Mini's performance. Right now we need a substantially better GPU in the machine and more cores. Broadwell has the potential here, especially if Apple sticks with chips in the 35 watt range.
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sweet.... I hate fans, and the dust it sucks into the system.
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Sweet, can't wait for the next Surface.
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