Intel Apollo Lake SoCs To Gain Huge Efficiency And Performance Advantage Over Braswell

Omar Sohail
Posted Jun 6, 2016
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Intel Apollo Lake chipsets are going to arrive later in the year and in addition to replacing the company’s Braswell lineup of SoCs, these upcoming chips will have several surprisingly impressive features that will be present in future tablets and hybrid machines.

Intel Apollo Lake SoCs Can Provide Up To 30 Percent Increase In Performance Over Braswell

These low power consuming SoCs are going to replace Cherry Trail and Braswell family of chipsets that you find in tablets and 2-in-1 machines. While Apollo Lake are going to be manufactured on the same 14nm manufacturing process, these will feature Goldmont CPU cores compared to Intel’s Airmont cores present in Cherry Trail chipsets. In addition to delivering up to a 30 percent increase in performance, Intel has also made Apollo Lake thoroughly efficient and it has been stated that such SoCs will be able to deliver 15 percent increase in battery life.

Unfortunately, there are several ways of calculating battery life and one of them happens to be through the use of checking idle power consumption. Intel’s Core M series is a vast improvement in efficient chips but such power consumption performance can only be seen when the tablet or notebook is sitting idly. When the processor starts to get stressed, its efficiency metric greatly reduces, so we are hoping that Apollo Lake can provide some real comfort when users are actually engaged in multitasking activities in order to see whether or not the upcoming chips are truly worth what they say.

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Apollo Lake lineup will feature processors sporting dual-cores and quad-cores with an extremely energy efficient metric of 6W, going up to 10W. These processors will be available in a BGA packaging, meaning that they will come permanently integrated onto their motherboards before being sold. Since they will be present inside mobile devices and machines that feature a low-price tag, their processing performance will no doubt be inferior to the more advanced 14nm Skylake processor lineup.

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High-end tablets are expected to get a nice little bump in the form of a performance upgrade because the new Goldmont architecture is expected to be present in slates, which a clock speeds going upwards to as much as 2.7GHz. With the core selling point of these chips being efficiency, Intel will be intending to sell the processors to OEMs who want to roll out more portable products in the foreseeable future. This would mean that while mobile devices and machines will have smaller battery capacities incorporated inside of their housing, the improved architecture will compensate for this trade-off, while the overall thickness of such products can be reduced substantially.

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Perhaps one change that we could have seen coming was the incorporation of a Type-C USB port. Not only is this particular interface able to accept charging cables being inserted in an irreversible position, but it can also draw power up to a 100 watts and transfer data up to 10Gbps, which is twice the speed limit of USB 3.0. Given below are the products that the Apollo Lake series of chips could come outfitted in

  • AIO PCs
  • NUC form factor computers
  • Notebooks
  • Chromebooks
  • Tablets
  • 2-in-1 hybrids

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Are you guys excited to see Intel Apollo Lake powering up future machines? Let us know your thoughts right away.

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