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Intel has quietly launched its Apollo Lake SoCs for budget desktop PCs and low-powered laptops

By Wong Chung Wee - on 7 Sep 2016, 3:20pm

Intel has quietly launched its Apollo Lake SoCs for budget desktop PCs and low-powered laptops

In the wake of the formal launch of the 7th generation Intel Core “Kaby Lake” CPUs, the company has decided to quietly introduce their Apollo Lake” SoCs. At the same time, Intel is also re-introducing Atom processors back into mainstream desktop PCs. There are a total of six SKUs; three for desktops, and three for mobile devices. They are branded as Pentium and Celeron processors.

Intel "Apollo Lake" Systems on a Chip (SoCs)
Processor Model Cores / Threads Frequency (Base/Turbo) L2 Cache Memory Processor Graphics TDP Launch Price (1Ku)
Intel Pentium J4205 4 / 4 1.50 / 2.60GHz 2 MB

DDR3-1866

LPDDR4-2400

Intel HD Graphics 505 10W US$161
Intel Celeron J3455 4 / 4 1.50 / 2.30GHz 2 MB

DDR3-1866

LPDDR4-2400

Intel HD Graphics 500 10W  US$107

Intel Celeron J3355

2 / 2 2.00 / 2.50GHz 2 MB

DDR3-1866

LPDDR4-2400

Intel HD Graphics 500 10W  US$107
Intel Pentium N4200 4 / 4 1.10 / 2.50GHz 2 MB

DDR3-1866

LPDDR4-2400

Intel HD Graphics 505 6W US$161
Intel Celeron N3350 2 / 2 1.10 / 2.40GHz 2 MB

DDR3-1866

LPDDR4-2400

Intel HD Graphics 500 6W US$107
Intel Celeron N3450 4 / 4 1.10 / 2.20GHz 2 MB

DDR3-1866

LPDDR4-2400

Intel HD Graphics 500 6W US$107

While the Kaby Lake CPUs are aimed at the mid-range to high-end market segments, the Apollo Lake systems on a chip (SoCs) are meant for entry-level PCs and low-powered laptops. As a matter of fact, the new Atom-series SoCs are the successors of the Braswell platform.

Die shot of the new Intel "Apollo Lake" SoC (Image source: Intel)

Although still based on the same 14nm manufacturing process as the previous platform, the Apollo Lake SoCs will feature the new Goldmont CPU cores. Their graphics cores are driven by the 9th generation Intel HD graphics, which are also found on the 6th generation Intel Core Skylake processors.

(Source: Intel, Ars Technica)

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