MacBook Air will get a new generation processor Broadwell-U




As it became known, MacBook Air the new generation will be based on the processor Intel Core i5-5250U. The chip is based on a new generation of 14-nanometer tehprotsese FinFET and uses a variety of microarchitecture Broadwell Broadwell-U. Apple chose this line because of the high energy efficiency: teplopaket processor is only 15 watts.


Intel Core i5-5250U has two standard cores with Hyper-Threading support and a frequency range from 1.6 to 2.7 GHz, with simultaneous work with two cores upper limit is 2.5 GHz. The integrated memory controller supports two channels DDR3L-1866. Volumes caches first, second and third level was 128, 512 and 3072 KB respectively.

In Core i5-5250U will use core Intel HD Graphics 6000 eighth-generation (Gen8) with 48 execution units operating at frequencies from 300 to 1000 MHz. It is expected that due to the large number of units and the use of memory DDR3-1866 new 3D-core Intel will be noticeably faster HD Graphics 5000, and it is possible that it will compete with integrated graphics cores AMD.

Intel HD 6000 will support DirectX 11.2, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.3. Support for DirectX 12 will not like, however, and the interface HDMI 2.0 – will be realized only HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2. Quick Sync Video processor will support hardware decoding of VP8 and the opportunity to work with two independent video streams.


It is assumed that the 12-inch MacBook Air will present at the beginning of 2015. He will be absolutely silent due to lack of fan – actually a convergence with the iPad. The touchpad will be modified: instead of the mechanics responsible for the familiar click, implemented another solution – to use the power and optical sensors. According to some data, the model will combine the portability of a 11.6-inch MacBook Air and 13.3-inch performance.

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