Saturday April 16, 2016

Intel Unveils Low-Cost PC Platform Apollo Lake

New Celeron and Pentium chips are coming, which will be used in lower-end systems such as miniature PCs and offer CPU, graphics, and battery improvements while allowing for cost reductions.

Intel claims that due to microarchitectural enhancements the new SoCs will be faster in general-purpose tasks, but at this stage Intel has not quantified the improvements. The new graphics core is listed as being more powerful (most likely due to both better architecture and a higher count of execution units), but will also integrate more codecs, enabling hardware-accelerated playback of 4K video from hardware decoding of HEVC and VP9 codecs. The SoCs will support dual-channel DDR4, DDR3L and LPDDR3/4 memory, which will help PC makers to choose DRAM based on performance and costs.