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Intel preps ‘Apollo Lake’ CPUs with ‘Goldmont’ cores, Gen9 graphics

Intel Corp. is working on its next-generation low-cost microprocessors for desktop and laptop computers. Code-named “Apollo Lake”, the new central processing units will be based on a new micro-architecture and will feature an all-new graphics processing unit.

Intel’s upcoming “Apollo Lake” processors will be powered by the company’s next-generation micro-architecture code-named “Goldmont”, which is expected to significantly improve general-purpose processing performance of Intel’s entry-level chips. It is unknown what kind of performance increase it is possible to expect from “Goldmont”, but the amount of cores inside the “Apollo Lake” chips will hardly exceed four.

The upcoming low-cost system-on-chips from Intel will also feature the company’s ninth-generation integrated graphics core (Gen9), which will likely feature more execution units, architectural enhancements as well as better support for 4K ultra-high-definition video decoding to enable playback of UHD content on mobile PCs.

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The new SoCs will support eMMC 5.0 technology to connect to NAND flash storage as well as USB 3.1 type-C to connect to peripherals.

BenchLife reports that Intel’s “Apollo Lake” processor will be made using 14nm process technology and will utilize FCBVGA 1296 type 3 package.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: Intel continues to stick to its tick-tock cadence with micro-architectural and process technology transitions. It is highly likely that the new CPUs will have lower power consumption compared to today’s Atom, Celeron and Pentium products thanks to new second-generation out-of-order low-power x86 architecture.

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