If you have been paying attention, you might have noticed many of the gadgets and gizmos hitting the marketplace and your waiting hands, have become much smaller in recent years. And for the most part, these devices have also become much cheaper. Our need for these small, sleek, powerful laptops and tablets has become so insatiable there must be a hidden gene in our DNA just waiting to be discovered – one that drives our desire for these handy gadgets.
All kidding side, there's no denying the fact that our computer devices have become smaller and for the most part, cheaper. That trend will no doubt continue in the near future, especially with the introduction of new mobile platforms from chip makers like Intel. The latest of these platforms from Intel is called Braswell and it will replace Bay Trail in many entry-level computing products / devices coming onto the market very soon.
These are the so-dubbed "system-on-a-chip" (SoC) platforms which make all of these smaller devices possible. While Bay Trail was built on / around the 22nm manufacturing process, Braswell (along with its more powerful Broadwell cousin) will be built on a 14nm process or architecture. Not to get too technical, all this simply means more shrinkage, with much better power efficiency and performance for budget level desks, laptops and tablets.
On the horizon, one can expect more Chromebooks (devices that run Google Chrome OS & usually priced under $ 400 or less) to incorporate these new Braswell chips along with Intel's improved Iris graphics technology. Even with Android and Windows-based devices, Intel promises platforms / chips that have a lesser number of components in them and, therefore, cheaper to manufacture.
Can this possibly mean cheaper PCs and tablets for everyone?
In recent years, laptop and tablet prices have declined greatly, but with the introduction / release of the new Intel Braswell chip – will we be able to buy a high-quality tablet for $ 99 or less? How about a high-performance PC for $ 300 or even $ 500?
No doubt, these devices will probably be level-entry PCs and tablets (especially at the cheapest prices), but one can not help but wonder if these new chips will also deliver more powerful systems at more affordable prices for the mass market. Can these cheaper quad-core 64-bit Bay Trail and new Braswell processors make tablets and PCs more affordable for everyone in the near future? The answer is leaning heavily towards the "yes" column and genetics.