Apollo Lake is the second generation of 14nm processors for tablets, mini PCs and laptops entry-level, the one for Santa Clara replace the old Atom SoC. We expected that the launch happen with Kaby Lake (by the way you know that Intel has released the new generation of Intel Core processors week for ultraportables and notebooks?), But last week is not any announcement was widespread.
In reality, however, Intel has introduced “muted” even the Apollo Lake chips: low power Pentium and Celeron, which we finally have access to the technical specifications. There was a presentation or an official press release, but Santa Clara has published the full-bodied datasheet with all the details related to the platform, to the six new processors and technologies used.
Apollo Lake was developed with the code name of “Goldmont” and would promise greater performance (30% faster than Braswell) for all devices “collected” in the low-end market. Each chip is equipped with Intel HD Graphics ninth generation graphics, similar to that found in SoC Intel Skylake with support for DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.2 and Open CL 2.0. Turning to the TDP, the new Apollo Lake consumed 10.6 watts, then nearly double their predecessors Braswell (latches on 4-6 watts), but it is a good compromise justified by the increase in performance. And now we move to the chip:
N3350 Celeron 1.1 GHz (up to 2.4 GHz) dual-core, TDP 6 watts, with Intel HD 500 graphics graphics (200 / 650MHz)
N3450 Celeron 1.1 GHz (up to 2.2 GHz) quad-core, TDP 6 watts, Intel HD Graphics 500 (200 / 700MHz)
N4200 Pentium 1.1 GHz (up to 2.5 GHz) quad-core, TDP 6 watts, Intel HD Graphics 505 (200 / 750MHz)
J3355 Celeron 2 GHz (up to 2.5 GHz) dual-core, TDP of 10 watts, with Intel HD Graphics 500 (250 / 700MHz)
J3455 Celeron 1.5 GHz (up to 2.3 GHz) quad-core TDP of 10 watts, with Intel HD Graphics 500 (250 / 750MHz)
J4205 Pentium 1.5 GHz (up to 2.6 GHz) quad-core, 10-watt TDP, Intel HD Graphics 505 (250 / 800MHz)
All new processors are 64-bit, support up to 8GB of RAM and up to 3 displays. They cost around $ 100-150, depending on the intended use and power. Precisely in this regard it is necessary to make a clarification: Intel has positioned the 6-watt chips like “mobile,” while those from 10 watts to as “desktop” chip with higher base frequencies, but all of these processors consume less power than chips Kaby Lake-U, launched the latest and with TDP of around 15 watts. So it’s a distinction that has little reason to exist unless Santa Clara does not put restrictions on the sale.