Intel has formally introduced its Apollo Lake platform for the next generation Atom-based notebook chips during the keynote at IDF Shenzhen last week. It’s the successor to the Intel’s Cherryview platform, targeted at low-cost miniature PCs, all-in-one, hybrid devices, laptops and tablet devices. The platform is described as it will feature a new x86 (32-bit) microarchitecture as well as a new-gen graphics core for increased performance. Based on 14nm processing technology, it will be named Goldmont that aims to improve CPU performance, alongside the new GPU that features Intel’s ninth-gen architecture (Gen9), which is currently used in Skylake CPUs for hardware accelerated 4K video playback from decoding of HEVC and VP9 codecs.
These Intel’s Apollo Lake SoCs are aimed at affordable hardware which will be available in the second half of this year. Intel claims that due to microarchitectural enhancements the new chipsets will be more faster in general-purpose tasks, but at this stage Intel has not quantified the improvements. Indeed promises for improved battery life compared to previous generation systems, which will support dual-channel DDR4, DDRL3 and LPDDR3/4 memory, that too with flexible RAM options for PC makers to choose based on performance and costs.
As we said and mentioned above, the Apollo Lake system-on-chips for PCs are purely based on the new Atom x86 micro-architecture and the new graphics core is listed as being more powerful that will support and help PC manufacturers. As of storage, the Apollo Lake will support traditional SATA drives, PCLe x4 drivers and eMMC 5.0 options to appeal to all types of form-factors. Planning to also use USB Type-C along with wireless technology with the new Apollo Lake-powered systems.
Unfortunately, Intel only shares a few briefing about its Apollo Lake design platform, but hasn’t disclosed what exact specifications or performance numbers it carries. Nevertheless, Intel proposes that there are numerous Apollo Lake BOM saving opportunities to those makers who can save upto %4 to $7 on BOM, when compared to its predecessor SoCs. At this point, the 14nm Airmonth designs, is however be the safest to assume that the new SoCs will contain up to four Goldmont cores in consumer devices but perhaps 8+ in communications and embedded systems.
Intel also didn’t revealed clock speeds, pricing and other noteworthy details, but says that PCs wil Celeron and Pentium-branded processors based on this Apollo Lake platform will be introduced by the end of 2016.
To learn more about Intel’s new Apollo Lake with 14nm Goldmont cores, please feel free to visit the official link here.