Intel Apollo Lake Chips Compared – Total of 6 Products With Maximum TDP of 10 Watts

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Sep 1, 2016
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Intel has quietly announced its Apollo Lake lineup, which will succeed the firm’s Braswell processor family. The small die SoC has been designed to be incorporated in mobile devices that require slightly better processing performance and higher battery life. As far as the announcement goes, it isn’t as glorious as the company’s 7th generation series of processors, but know that future low-cost notebooks and 2-in-1 machines are going to receive a nice little performance boost.

Intel Apollo Lake Comprises of 6 SKU – Three for Desktops and the Rest for Mobile Machines

The new cores will be dependent on the company’s new Goldmont CPU core, which is actually the first architectural upgrade to the Atom line of CPU cores ever since the announcement of Silvermont that came into being in 2013. Additionally, the new Gen9 graphics architecture will be able to deliver better graphics performance.

You would have also noticed that the TDP has also taken a jump to 10W. Users will not benefit from this as there isn’t a new node used for the latest lineup; Apollo Lake is using the same 14nm manufacturing process like Braswell before it. Intel might not have debriefed the public on why a chipset based on the newer architecture sports a higher TDP than its predecessor, but we are under the impression that the primary reason is because of the new GPU and CPU combo present on a single die.

Intel Apollo Lake desktop lineup Pentium J4205 Celeron J3455 Celeron J3355 Pentium J3710
CPU clock speed 1.5GHz 1.5GHz 2.0GHz 1.6GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.6GHz 2.3GHz 2.5GHz 2.64GHz
Architecture Goldmont Goldmont Goldmont Airmont
Embedded GPU Intel HD 505 Intel HD 500 Intel HD 500 Intel HD 405
TDP 10W 10W 10W 6.5W
Maximum memory count 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
PCIe 2.0 lanes 6 6 6 4
Price $161 $107 $107 TBA
Memory cache 2MB 2MB 2MB 2MB

If you didn’t notice the following, allow us to detail it for you. CPU clockspeeds have not changed and GPU clockspeeds have only increased slightly, so Apollo Lake’s performance benefits are almost entirely going to be derived from architectural enhancements and the Gen9 improvements.

One change that we’re desperately waiting to see is the support for Type-C USB standard. Keep in mind that we are expected to see ports present that will comply with the speed standards of USB 3.1 Gen 2, which goes up to 10Gbps. USB 3.1 Gen 1 will remain limited to 5Gbps, which is the same as the maximum data transfer speed of USB 3.0. We are hoping that this interface is present in the listed machines given below, and that they satisfy the speeds not only defined by the Gen 2 standard, but they are able to draw up to 100 watts of power. Apollo Lake chips are expected to arrive shortly and will be running inside the following machines.

Intel Apollo Lake mobile lineup Pentium N4200 Celeron N3450 Celeron N3350 Pentium N3700
CPU clock speed 1.1GHz 1.1GHz 1.1GHz 1.6GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.5GHz 2.2GHz 2.4GHz 2.4GHz
Architecture Goldmont Goldmont Goldmont Airmont
Embedded GPU Intel HD 505 Intel HD 500 Intel HD 500 Intel HD 405
TDP 6W 6W 6W 6W
Maximum memory count 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
PCIe 2.0 lanes 6 6 6 4
Price $161 $107 $107 $161
Memory cache 2MB 2MB 2MB 2MB
  • AIO PCs
  • NUC form factor computers
  • Notebooks
  • Chromebooks
  • Tablets
  • 2-in-1 hybrids

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