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PCs running Broadwell processors will be out before Christmas

Intel has assured the world at large that systems powered by its Broadwell chips will be on shelves in time for Xmas.

Or more specifically, Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich has come out and pledged that Broadwell processors will ship in time to be present in systems that will be delivered by Santa, and possibly before that.

According to Reuters, at the Maker Faire in San Mateo over the weekend, Krzanich said: "I can guarantee for holiday [Christmas], and not at the last second of holiday. Back to school – that's a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That's going to be tough."

So it sounds like an October or November date for availability, most likely. While things are still evidently somewhat up in the air as concerns Broadwell's exact progress, at least a firm confirmation of before the close of 2014 is something for those who've keenly been awaiting the next-gen processors.

Previously, Intel had given vague indications that Broadwell would pitch up in actual systems in the second half of the year.

Broadwell is set to offer impressive power consumption savings, to the tune of 30 per cent compared to Haswell, which had already pushed on further in this area. Originally, it was first demonstrated at last year's IDF, but then in October 2013 Intel revealed that Broadwell would be delayed due to a defect density issue.