Predecessor Ivy Bridge (tick)
Haswell (tock)
Successor Skylake (tock)
Cannonlake (tick)

Broadwell is Intel's codename for the 14 nanometer die shrink of its Haswell microarchitecture. It is a "tick" in Intel's tick-tock principle as the next step in semiconductor fabrication.[1][2][3] Unlike the previous tick-tock iterations, Broadwell will not completely replace the full range of CPUs from the previous microarchitecture (Haswell), as there will be no low-end desktop CPUs based on Broadwell.[4]

Broadwell will be used in conjunction with Intel 9 Series chipsets (Z97 and H97).[5]

As of July 2014, Broadwell CPUs are available to Intel's hardware partners in sample quantities;[6] as of October 2014, Broadwell-based laptops are available for sale.[7]

Expected variants

Broadwell is expected to be launched in three major variants:[8]

  • BGA package:
    • Broadwell-Y: System-on-chip (SoC); 4.5 W and 3.5 W thermal design power (TDP) classes, for tablets and certain ultrabook-class implementations. GT2 GPU will be used, while maximum supported memory is 8 GB of LPDDR3-1600.[9] These will be the first chips to roll out, and are expected for Q3/Q4 2014. At Computex 2014, Intel announced that these chips will be branded as Core M.[10]
    • Broadwell-U: SoC; two TDP classes – 15 W for 2+2 and 2+3 configurations (two cores with a GT2 or GT3 GPU) as well as 28 W for 2+3 configurations.[11] Designed to be used on motherboards with the PCH-LP chipset for Intel's ultrabook and NUC platforms. Maximum supported memory is either 16 GB of DDR3L-1600, or 8 GB of LPDDR3-1600. The 2+2 configuration is scheduled for Q4 2014, while the 2+3 is estimated for Q1 2015.[8]
    • Broadwell-H: 37 W and 47 W TDP classes, for motherboards with HM86, HM87, QM87 and the new HM97 chipsets for "all-in-one" systems, mini-ITX form-factor motherboards, and other small footprint formats. It may come in two different variants, as single and dual chips; the dual chips (4 cores, 8 threads) will have GT3e and GT2 GPU, while a single chip (SoC; two cores, four threads) will have GT3e GPU. Maximum supported memory is 32 GB of DDR3L-1600.[9] These are scheduled for Q2 2015.[8]
  • LGA 1150 socket:
    • Broadwell-K: Quad-core desktop version with GT3e, in 65 W TDP class,[12] expected to be released during Q2 2015.[13]
  • LGA 2011-v3 socket:
    • Broadwell-EP: To be marketed as Xeon E5-2600 v4 etc., while using the C610 Wellsburg chipset platform. Up to 18 cores and 36 threads, up to 45 MB of total cache and 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes, with 70–160 W TDP classes. Maximum supported memory speed is quad-channel DDR4-2400.[14]
    • Broadwell-EX: Brickland platform, for mission-critical servers. Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) is expected to be updated to version 1.1, enabling seamless scaling beyond eight-socket systems. Maximum supported memory speeds are expected to be DDR3-1600 and DDR4-3200.[15][16]

Instruction set extensions

Broadwell will introduce some instruction set architecture extensions:[17][18]

New features

Broadwell's Intel Quick Sync Video hardware video decoder adds VP8 hardware decoding support.[21] Also, it will have two independent bit stream decoder (BSD) rings to process video commands on GT3 GPUs; this will allow one BSD ring to process decoding and the other BSD ring to process encoding at the same time.[22]

Broadwell's integrated GPU supports Direct3D 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and OpenCL 2.0.[23][24][25]

List of Broadwell processors

List of announced mobile processors is as follows:
Branding & Model
GPU Model Programmable TDP[26]:69–72 CPU Turbo Graphics Clock rate L3
SDP[27][28]:71 cTDP down[a] Nominal TDP[b] cTDP up[c] 1-core Normal Turbo
Mainstream 2 (4)[29] Core M (vPro) 5Y71 HD 5300 
3.5 W 3.5 W / 600 MHz 4.5 W / 1.2 GHz 6 W / 1.4 GHz 2.9 GHz 300 MHz 900 MHz 4 MB N/A October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)
5Y70 N/A N/A 4.5 W / 1.1 GHz N/A 2.6 GHz 100 MHz 850 MHz September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05) $281
Core M 5Y51 3.5 W 3.5 W / 600 MHz 6 W / 1.3 GHz 300 MHz 900 MHz October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27)
5Y31 4.5 W / 900 MHz 6 W / 1.1 GHz 2.4 GHz 850 MHz
5Y10c 4.5 W / 800 MHz 6 W / 1 GHz 2.0 GHz 800 MHz
5Y10a N/A N/A N/A 100 MHz September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05) $281
5Y10[31] 4 W / ? MHz
  1. When a cooler or quieter mode of operation is desired, this mode specifies a lower TDP and lower guaranteed frequency versus the nominal mode.[26]:71–72
  2. This is the processor's rated frequency and TDP.[26]:71–72
  3. When extra cooling is available, this mode specifies a higher TDP and higher guaranteed frequency versus the nominal mode.[26]:71–72

Roadmap and history

  • On September 10, 2013, Intel showcased the Broadwell 14 nm processor in a demonstration at IDF. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich claimed that the chip would allow systems to provide a 30 percent improvement in power use over the Haswell chips released in mid-2013. Krzanich also claimed that the chips would ship by the end of 2013;[32] however, the shipment was delayed due to low yields from Intel's 14 nm process.[33]
  • On October 21, 2013, a leaked Intel roadmap indicated a late 2014 or early 2015 release of the K-series Broadwell on the LGA 1150 platform, in parallel with the previously announced Haswell refresh. This will coincide with the release of Intel's 9-series chipset, which may be required for Broadwell processors due to a change in power specifications for its LGA 1150 socket.[34][35]
  • On 18 May 2014, Reuters quoted Intel's CEO promising that Broadwell-based PCs will be on shelves for the holiday season, but probably not for the back-to-school shopping.[36]
  • Mobile CPUs are expected in Q4 2014 and high-performance quad-core CPUs in 2015. The mobile CPUs will benefit from the reduced energy consumption of the die shrink.[37][38]
  • On 18 June 2014, Intel told CNET that while some specialized Broadwell-based products would be out in Q4 2014, "broader availability" (including mobile CPUs) would only happen in 2015.[39]
  • As of July 2014, Broadwell CPUs are available to Intel's hardware partners in sample quantities.[6] Intel is expected to release 17 Broadwell U series family microprocessors at CES 2015.[40] Also, according to a leak posted on vr-zone, Broadwell-E chips will be available in 2016.[41]
  • On 11 August 2014, Intel unveiled formally its 14 nm manufacturing process, which is used for Broadwell, and indicated that mobile variants of the process will be known as Core M products. Additionally, Core M products were announced to be shipping during the end of 2014, with desktop variants shipping shortly after.[42]


  • On 5 September 2014, Intel launched the first three Broadwell-based processors that belong to the low-TDP Core M family, Core M 5Y10, Core M 5Y10a and Core M 5Y70.[43]
  • On 9 October 2014, the first laptop with Broadwell Intel Core M 5Y70 CPU, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, was launched.[44]
  • On 31 October 2014, four more Broadwell based CPUs were launched belonging to Core M Family, increasing the number of launched Broadwell CPUs to seven. [45]

See also


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External links

  • Intel to launch Broadwell "U" series CPUs at CES 2015