Intel Apollo Lake Will Improve Performance on Low-End PCs
Apollo Lake is a new series of low-end processors by Intel which can really shake things up in the low end PC market.
Intel showed off its Apollo Lake chips during Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that was held last week in China. Based on the 14nm ‘Goldmont’ CPU architecture, the new Apollo Lake chip lineup will succeed the replace the Airmont based Braswell family of processors.
According to Intel, Apollo Lake processors will sport dual- and quad-cores with an energy efficient metric of 6 watt going up to 10 watt. The chips will come integrated into their motherboards before being sold.
As these chips are to be used in tablet and mobile machines, there is no doubt that the performance will be inferior to the 14nm Skylake. Improvements are expected in the graphics and in instruction per cycle performance.
Right now, Chipzilla’s Atom is being used for portable devices, however, it’s getting difficult for these chips to handle 4K displays. But, Intel promises that this would not be a problem for the Apollo Lake.
This is a good news for the PC makers who can now afford to slim their systems without any compromises. The Goldmont architecture allows OEMs to spend more on RAM and better display.
Apollo Lake uses the Skylake’s graphics technology for a full 4K video playback and an overall boost to the visuals. It will also provide support for newer technologies like USB-C.
Intel has not said anything but they do promise that Apollo Lake will be released under Celeron and Pentium branded processors in the second half of 2016.