A new Chrome OS board named “Auron” based on Intel’s Broadwell chip line recently showed up in the Chromium code repository. Spotted by Googler François Beaufort, this appears to be one of the first devices to use Chipzilla’s 14 nanometer system-on-a-chip. Not a lot is known about this mystery board, but it manages to follow the trend of being named after a popular video game character. Beaufort recently outed a Chrome OS board referred to as “Ryu” from Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise and Auron is a character from the world famous Final Fantasy series.
As for Intel’s new chip, it’s about as powerful as the company’s highly praised Haswell series, but it’s smaller with less power consumption. This could possibly lead to thinner, more compact Chromebooks. Although Broadwell is lighter on your electricity bill, it has the potential to outclass its predecessor by 20 to 50 percent when handling graphics.
While little else in known about this mystery hardware, it’s possible that it could be strictly for testing, however there’s now clear-cut evidence that Broadwell-powered Chrome OS devices are in the works.