Intel is expanding its line of low-power processors for tablets, notebooks, and energy efficient laptops with the introduction of the first chips based on its “Braswell” platform.
CPU World has details about four of the first members of the Braswell family, including Celeron and Pentium chips with 6 watt or lower TDPs.
But Braswell chips are also cheaper than the higher performance Intel Core M “Broadwell” processors found in products like the Asus Zenbook UX305 and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro ultrabooks, which makes them a better choice for low-cost computers.
So what can we expect from the first Braswell chips? While we won’t be able to say much about their performance until we have a chance to actually test them, here are some of the specs:
- Celeron N3000 – 1.04 GHz dual-core CPU with 1MB L2 cache, 4W TDP, and burst speeds up to 2.08 GHz
- Celeron N3050 – 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU with 1MB L2 cache, 6W TDP, and burst speeds up to 2.16 GHz
- Celeron N3150 – 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU with 2MB L2 cache, 6W TDP, and burst speeds up to 2.08 GHz
- Pentium N3700 – 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU with 2MB L2 cache, 6W TDP, and burst speeds up to 2.4 GHz
All of these processors are 14nm chips with support for DDR3-1600 memory and the dual-core chips feature 320 MHz graphics with GPU burst speeds of 600 MHz. The Celeron N3150 processor has a 640 MHz GPU, while the Pentium N3700 has a 700 MHz GPU.
It’s likely that we’ll see these chips in the sorts of devices that currently use Celeron and Pentium processors based on Intel’s Bay Trail architecture. That includes low-power Windows laptops and Chromebooks as well as mini-PCs and other relatively inexpensive and low-power desktops.