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Intel releases 14nm "Braswell" SoCs, targeted at entry-level PCs and notebooks

By Wong Chung Wee - on 1 Apr 2015, 1:31pm

Intel releases 14nm "Braswell" SoCs, targeted at entry-level PCs and notebooks

On a muted note, Intel has released the 14nm-based “Braswell” SoCs that aim to power entry-level desktops and notebooks. The new chips are marketed as Celeron and Pentium chips respectively. This is because the Braswell SoCs are the successors to the current 22nm-based Intel Bay-Trail-D SoCs.

According to information from CPU World, the Braswell systems on a chip (SoCs) will be either dual- or quad cores; in addition, the CPU cores will work in tandem with the Intel Generation 8 graphics cores. From a technical perspective, AnandTech noted the Braswell SoCs should fall under the Cherry Trail branding as this family is the 14nm-based successor to the Bay Trail series.

Intel Braswell Systems on a Chip (SoCs)
Processor Model Cores / Threads Frequency (Base/Turbo) L2 Cache Memory Integrated GPU TDP Launch Price (1Ku)
Intel Celeron N3000 2 / 2 1.04 / 2.08GHz 1 MB DDR3-1600 Gen 8-LP 4W US$107
Intel Celeron N3050 2 / 4 1.60 / 2.16GHz 1 MB DDR3-1600 Gen 8-LP 6W  US$107

Intel Celeron N3150

4 / 4 1.60 / 2.08GHz 2 MB DDR3-1600 Gen 8-LP 6W  US$107
Intel Pentium N3700 4 / 4 1.60 / 2.40GHz 2 MB DDR3-1600 Gen 8-LP 6W US$161

The new SoCs will feature two or four 14nm-based “Airmont’” CPUs cores, with 1- to 2MB of shared L2 cache, and support for DDR3-1600 memory. The CPU cores support Intel 64 and SIMD instructions, up to SSE4. They also support VT-x virtualization technology. As mentioned earlier, their graphics core will feature the Intel Generation 8 LP architecture with up to 16 execution units.

(Source: CPU World, AnandTech)