If we knew a few weeks ago that Intel plans to bring to market the new low-power processors Intel Gemini Lake later this year, we now have more data on what will be its architecture and other specifications. Processors that come to replace the current and successful Apollo Lake in products with consumptions ranging from 6W for laptops and 10W for desktop. No doubt this new chip will be adopted quickly on countless tablets, 2 in 1, laptops, ultrabooks, convertibles and a huge range of mini PCs that we have already seen with the Apollo Lake.
The new Intel Gemini Lake (GLK) continues with a 14nm manufacturing process but incorporates interesting improvements needed to make this platform even more interesting. First of all we found with native support HDMI 2.0 something that gives us support for 4K @ 60fps video output, we must bear in mind that despite this improvement we will not have Netflix in 4K on PC as this resolution is limited to the Core range and Celeron and Pentium processors are currently excluded. We will also have DP 1.2 outputs and integrated eDP 1.4 output which allows to have up to 3 screens at a time. In the encapsulation we continue with a Gen 9 GPU but with up to 18EU, improvements in the video processor and support forVP9 with 10bit color.
Inside the Intel Gemini Lake we will have configurations of 2 or 4 physical nuclei Goldmont Plus (GLM +), which are an evolution of the current nuclei that have a performance improvement between 10% and 15% , has been extended to 4 the number Of pipelines. Other interesting improvements are the addition of eMMC 5.1 support that will improve the speed of the integrated memory, new support for LPDDR3 memory up to 1867MHz and LPDDR4 up to 2400MHz and finally highlight the CNVi (Connectivity Integration Architecture) module that will allow us to have integrated 4G modem, Module Wifi ac and Bluetooth, something that improves substantially to the present Apollo Lake that need of external modules.
As we see the new Intel Gemini Lake are an interesting evolution regarding the current Apollo Lake as they include a number of native improvements quite demanded although we continue with a very continuista base architecture, something that will be maintained until the jump to 10nm. Products that will have to fight against the new AMD APU based on ZEN which will undoubtedly be a tough rival especially at the graphic level. We hope to have more details of these new products soon with our usual reviews.