In the shadow of the Core M: Intel launches desktop Airmont chips at 14 nm • HWzone

In the shadow of the Core M: Intel launches desktop Airmont chips at 14 nm

Quietly and modestly, Chipzilla is launching a new generation of Pentium processors and a desktop processor with sealed cores, Braswell, M systems that have a similar thermal envelope

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A few days after Which we got to know about the first official product Based on A sealed chip from the Cherry Trail section, The first to be established Manufacturing process of 14 nm, Intel decides it's time Get to know the corresponding generation of products - Braswell, Chips under the Pentium and Celeron brands for desktop and laptop computers in the 14 nanometer, which will replace the Bay Trail-M chips.

The Braswell generation It will, for now, contain four different models - the first three belong to the Salaron brand, with two featuring a pair of Airmont cores (minus the 14 nm of The Silvermont cores are well known to us) And the third includes four such cores, and all three inhabit Built-in interface that is simply called HD Graphics and contains 12 units performing at a frequency of between 320MHz and 600MHz.


All three of the above models will be priced for all types of computer makers at a cost of $ 107, similar to the latest Bay Trail Generation chips - with the most significant improvement in the current generation coming once again from the graphical core, which now leaps to 12 performance units from 4 units Execution only in the previous generation while maintaining similar basic operating frequencies and maximum turbo frequencies at only about 100MHz, another important upgrade is the RAM, which will now support up to 1,600MHz and double volumes up to 8GB, allowing us to get a bit more modern based On These.

Quite surprisingly, the category where we do not see any real improvement, and may even see some setback in capabilities, is the processing cores themselves - which now offer slightly lower frequencies than those seen in the previous generation (or much lower in the case of the economical Celeron N3000, which is characterized by frequency Basic work of 1.08GHz only) Despite the leap in production technology, probably to allow the jump to the graphical core. However, the bottom line is that the Braswell chips should provide a complete and improved user experience, thanks to a graphical core that should better handle all of the basic features of (Food Otherwise you will find) and memory Fast volume increase.

The fourth and last model in the Braswell family belongs to the old Pentium brand, and takes the capabilities a significant step forward with four quad-core Airmont 1.6GHz base frequencies and a maximum 2.4GHz turbo frequency, built-in graphics core with 16 4 (Pentium XNUMX) The Age of the Bay Trail) At a frequency of between 400MHz and 700MHz, support up to 8GB of DDR3L and just as important - 6 Watt thermal casing only (or 4 Watt for designated specific uses, to select manufacturers), as opposed to 7.5 Watt in Pentium Bay Trail processors.


The Braswell chips can be a bad option at all for compact desktops and especially cheap laptops, but they come to a market where conditions are a little different from last year - they inevitably stand alongside The Core M chip family, Which not only offers Better and more advanced capabilities, but also a significantly lower thermal envelope that stands at 4.5 watts and can even reach 3.5 watts if the manufacturers so desire.

Core M - the technology that eliminates the need for cost-effective, low-cost atomic processors?
M - The technology that will eliminate the need for economical downstream atomic processors?

True, the differences in price tags are huge at present (the most basic Core M chip costs $ 281, compared with 107 and 161 for Celeron and Pentium chips), but it is quite possible that along the way with The demand for Core processors is expanding in a tiny thermal envelope And ripening production technologies - we can find Core M processors From almost any device, from laptops to smartphones, and most importantly, at almost all price levels. Until that far-reaching future comes, if it comes - the Braswell and Cherry Trail chips seem to have the right tools to continue the (relative) momentum the Bay Trail processors started for In the ultra-economical computing world.


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