Intel plans to launch its 6th-gen Core processors based on the “Skylake” platform later this year. They’ll replace the 5th-gen “Broadwell” chips that are already shipping in laptop, desktop, and convertible PCs.
But what about Intel’s lower-power chips for tablets and entry-level notebook and desktop computers? We already know that the company’s next-gen Atom chips are code-named “Willow Trail,” and that they’ll replace the Cherry Trail chips which are just starting to hit the streets.
Now Benchlife.info reports that Intel is also planning to replace this year’s “Braswell” chips with new chips that are part of the “Apollo Lake” family.
OK, that’s an awful lot of code names. So what does it all mean? Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but here are some highlights:
- Braswell chips are based on the same architecture as Atom processors, but offer higher performance (and consume more power).
- Likewise, Apollo Lake chips will be based on the same “Goldmont” architecture as Willow Trail, but they’ll offer higher performance, while still offering a low-cost, low-power alternative to Skylake platform (and its successor, “Cannonlake,” which is also due to launch in 2016).
- Apollo Lake chips are 14nm processors with Intel HD graphics based on Skylake graphics technology.
- Among other things, they’ll be able to support 4K displays, eMMC 5.0 solid state storage, and devices with USB Type-C ports.
According to the report, Intel will begin mass production of Apollo Lake chips in June, 2016 which means these chips might show up in computers that will ship next fall.