Intel launched their latest Apollo Lake chipset platform globally, this week, for their Celeron, Pentium and Atom product range. All these product ranges are due for an upgrade in late 2016 and so the Apollo Lake launch has come at the right time.
Along with new technology, Intel's Apollo Lake platform also brings the latest Goldmont CPU core, which replaces the older Silvermont architecture. Here are the top 5 features of the Apollo Lake platform that you should watch out for.
The new Goldmont core
Replacing the Silvermont, Goldmont is the latest core that will be seen in the next iteration of Intel's next-gen processors soon. At the press launch, Intel talked about how Goldmont is tons better than the previous Atom architecture and also focused on how there has been a big boost in performance and efficiency from last year.
A lot like the Raspberry Pi, the Intel Apollo Lake will be a unique system-on-a-chip kind of computer, which can connect portably to a lot of screens on the go. It will be focused on a budget market and will apparently borrow features from its bigger brother, Skylake, for improving overall performance in lower-powered PCs.
Support for most RAM modules
The Apollo Lake platform will be a one-of-a-kind platform wherein the SoCs will support RAM modules like dual-channel DDR4, DDR3L and even LDDDR3/4 modules for various OEMs to decide which combination to use in order to save costs and optimize performance.
It will also support traditional SATA drives and other latest eMMC 5.0 drives for internal storage.
Number of cores may vary
Intel has provided no such confirmed information about the number of Goldmont cores on each system, but we can safely assume that ‘4' would be the default amount, with the number crossing even 8 on more complex communications and embedded systems.
The devices will be thin
Intel has been increasing their focus on aiming towards creating thinner devices, whether they are laptops, tablets or even 2-in1 computers. For this purpose, Intel is apparently proposing the use of slimmer M.2 drives instead of the traditional 2.5 hard drive slots. The company is also planning to integrate the Wi-Fi chip into the processor itself, thus reducing the thickness even more. Apollo Lake SoCs will also be on the same lines.