Intel is refreshing its Celeron and Pentium Silver line of chips for low-cost, low-power notebooks designed for the education market and beyond. The new Intel “Jasper Lake” processors are the first members of their respective families to feature 10nm Tremont architecture and Intel is promising a significant boost in performance for inexpensive Windows laptops and Chromebooks.

The chip maker is positioning the new 6 to 10 watt processors as designed for education, which makes sense since that’s a market that’s been snatching up inexpensive Chromebooks and Windows PCs in recent years. But the new chips will also most likely find their way to consumer devices as well.

Intel is introducing 6 new chips at launch. They’re all 6-watt processors with 1.5MB of L2 cache, 4MB of L3 cache, support for DDR4-2933 and LPDDR4-2933 memory and Intel UHD graphics. Here’s an overview of the differences:

NameCores / ThreadsTDPBase / Max CPU freqMax GPU freq
Pentium Silver 60054 / 410W2 GHz / 3.3 GHz900 MHz
Pentium Silver 60004 / 46W1.1 GHz / 3.3 GHz850 MHz
Celeron N51054 / 410W2 GHz / 2.9 GHz800 MHz
Celeron N51004 / 46W1.1 GHz / 2.8 GHz800 MHz
Celeron N45052 / 210W2 GHz / 2.9 GHz750 MHz
Celeron N45002 / 26W1.1 GHz / 2.8 GHz750 MHz

One other interesting side note? During a virtual news conference, an Intel representative mentioned that the chips are coming to “Windows, Chrome, and Linux-based” devices this year, suggesting we could see Linux laptops powered by the new processors soon.

The first devices with the new chips will likely be Chromebooks, and Intel says uses can expect up to a 35-percent boost in performance when compared with a Chromebook powered by a previous-gen Intel “Gemini Lake” processor.

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3 replies on “Intel launches 10nm Celeron and Pentium Silver chips for inexpensive, low-power laptops”

  1. Wait. First there were the Gemini Lake and Gemini Lake Refresh processors based on 7th generation architecture, so far I understand. Then came Elkhart Lake which still isn’t available in actual products yet, based on 10th or 11th generation architecture? And now there is Jasper Lake based on 10th or 11th generation architecture? Both of these new Lakes are stated to be launched in Q1, 2021. Is it just me who is confused about them? The 35% performance boost should be counted when comparing to the OG Gemini Lake, or to Gemini Lake Refresh?

    @riddick: there were mobos, SBCs, the original Intel NUC and its lookalikes, and even one notebook I know of with Gemini Lakes processors that supported NVME, so I wouldn’t worry about that one.

    1. Elkhart Lake is for industrial/commercial applications like the C and E-series Atom processors. Jasper Lake is the consumer side of that.

      These are the small-core processors like the Atom, so they don’t go by a numbered gen architecture like the big core Core i series.

      Gemini Lake and Gemini Lake refresh are the same architecture (Goldmont Plus) with different speed grades. Jasper Lake is based on a new architecture called “Tremont” and offers anywhere from 25% to 35% increase in IPC. They are speed binned the same as Gemini Lake refresh.

  2. Does not appear to support NVME. Looks like soldered-down emmc will be the primary storage.

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