According to industry experts, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is preparing for the release of its Chromebooks based on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s soon to be launched Haswell processor.
According to ZDNet, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) software engineer Stefan Reinauer, who works on boot code for Chromebooks’ ChromeOS, made some Haswell related code changes to Coreboot, a fast boot open source BIOS replacement for Linux systems.
The rumor of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Haswell, first hit the surface on June 2, is a 22nm chip, whose low power drain is targeted at mobile devices. Although Haswell is based on the same 22nm silicon as the Ivy Bridge chips, Intel claims that devices equipped with Haswell processor will yield a better battery life compared to the Ivy Bridge based devices.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chromebooks that are meant as budget machines that run on Chrome OS are not exactly expected to serve as the ultimate performance devices. However, keeping in mind that Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) claims Haswell based devices to provide a better battery life, Haswell Chromebooks may come out as Google’s optimum performance Chromebooks.
The first version of the discount-laptop was not only hampered by its limited OS and poor battery life, it was also pretty much useless without a web connection.
The current range of Chromebooks feature the Arm Cortex A-15 based Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) Exynos 5 processor or a dual-core Intel Celeron CPU, while the Pixel is based on a 1.8GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor.