Intel’s upcoming 10th-gen Core “Ice Lake” processors may be blurring the lines between low-power Y-series chips and higher-performance U-series processors, but Intel is also continuing to crank out cheaper, lower-power Celeron and Pentium “Gemini Lake“chips based on its Atom-based “Goldmont Plus” architecture.

Now it looks like a new set of Gemini Lake Refresh processors are on the way.

According to FanlessTech, we can expect new processors with higher clock speeds later this year/early in 2020.

There aren’t a lot of details at the moment, but it looks like the new chips will be based on the same 14nm Goldmont Plus architecture as current-gen Gemini Lake chips, and they’ll have the same Intel UHD graphics and the same cache. But they’ll support higher frequencies.

For example, the current-gen Intel Pentium J5005 processor is a 10 watt chip with a base frequencies of 1.5 GHz and a top speed of 2.8 GHz. The next-gen Pentium J5040 is expected to have 2 GHz base frequency and support burst speeds up to 3.2 GHz.

FanlessTech reports that we can expect the following new chips:

  • Celeron N4020
  • Celeron N4120
  • Pentium N5030
  • Celeron J4025
  • Celeron J4125
  • Pentium J5040

The N-series chips are likely to be 6 watt processors aimed at laptops, tablets, and other mobile or low-power devices. They will most likely be updated versions of the 2017-era Celeron N4000 (dual-core), Celeron N4100 (quad-core), and Pentium N5000 (quad-core) processors.

J-series chips tend to be 10 watt processors designed for mini-desktops and the new chips will most likely be updates to the current Celeron J4005 (dual-core), Celeron J4105 (quad-core), and Pentium J5005 (quad-core) processors.

While Intel has yet to officially confirm plans for a Gemini Lake Refresh, this is all in keeping with a leaked roadmap published by earlier this year… except that the Gemini Lake Refresh was originally expected to launch in the second quarter of 2019 rather than Q3 or Q4.


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9 replies on “Report: Intel Gemini Lake Refresh low-power chips are on the way”

  1. Another year, another minuscule Intel refresh… I really hope this recent competition from AMD continues. A stagnant Intel is bad for everyone.

    1. Yeah, we were stuck on the Intel Atom X7 (8750) for a long while there. Hopefully this next batch offers noticeably better battery life and higher performance, at lower price.

      This could be a boon for a future GDP Win3, Smach 2, or even FxTech Phone…. leaving a gap in the market for a “Pro” version of these devices running the 10nm Y-chipsets.

    2. Let’s hope that AMD has a competitive chip in their pipeline. A4-9120C at 28nm needs a re-design.

    1. mini ITX motherboards are still out there, I have one, although not so cheap. With Athlon and AMD APUs also questionable in terms of value.

  2. This is why we need for ARM chips to be available for W/10…the low cost/ low power scene is stagnant because Intel is the only player!

    1. Intel sees to be unwilling to invest given death of moore’s conjecture but they are still raking in cash becuz amd isnt pushing low power n weak on single core n arm is busy with float and virtualization hurdles. Intel is out of the die shrink game which is smart or their bottom line but aggravting to the consumer n turning their focus on IoT neural n fpga tho i think it will ramp slower think imagined due to security worries

    2. Chromebooks have some ARM, while ARM for Windows is limited to emulating 32-bit x86 and isn’t allowed to do x86_64.

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