Intel Unveils Fanless PC Reference Design Based on Upcoming Broadwell Chips

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Intel Unveils Fanless PC Reference Design Based on Upcoming Broadwell Chips
  2. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    This is not the WWDC update you are looking for
  3. macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX

    I loved Craig's "diamond cut chamfers" joke - seems like everyone is getting in on the design.
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    I would be very interested in a Macbook Air with fan-less design, with a slimmer profile and longer battery life!
  5. macrumors 65832


    Mar 7, 2012
    I would love a fan less design without comprimising performance,
    Hopefully intel can deliver.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2012
    Nottingham, UK
    Just in time to make the fanless Macbook Air look old.
  7. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    The future looks kinda awesome.
  8. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    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.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Phaselocking Psychos somewhere on Pandora
    Gonna say something about the Mini, but just don't have it in me.
  10. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 8, 2011
    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.
  11. macrumors member


    May 21, 2014
    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.
  12. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    Still plenty of fans for Apple products
  13. macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    That is a problem with all technology sir:rolleyes:
  14. macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2007
    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).
  15. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I dunno. In the past fanless Macs have been advertised to run cool but they didn't.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2012
    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.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Good news. Less likely that the rumored 12" rMBA will be ARM based.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    That'd be nice, but...

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

    Why Apple?



    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. :p
  19. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    A man can dream can't he!? :apple:
  20. macrumors 68030


    Feb 12, 2010
    Mac Mini.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    What exactly is a handful of watts, and how does that compare to 15? What an utterly useless comparison.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2010
    Yeah, Mac Mini has quad-core CPU and dedicated graphics and is exactly what an iMac would be without display:rolleyes:
  23. macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    How about a Mac Pro lite? That is desktop hardware inside a tower similar to the Mac Pro.
    A question I've been asking for years.
    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.


    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.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    sweet.... I hate fans, and the dust it sucks into the system.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
    Sweet, can't wait for the next Surface.

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