Intel has announced that it will be releasing an update to its entry-level Pentium, Atom and Celeron CPUs under the codename “Apollo Bay”. Based on the “Goldmont” architecture; these CPUs are meant for low-cost laptops and desktops, which means that they won’t be as powerful as Intel’s Core processors.
Prior to the Goldmont CPU architecture, Intel was using the “Airmont” architecture in its Cherry Trail (Atom SoC) and Braswell (Pentium, Celeron and Atom) processors. Intel’s Goldmont architecture will be manufactured using the 14nm process – similar to that of the company’s upcoming Kaby Lake processors.
Using the 14nm manufacturing process allows Apollo Bay processors to provide consumers with better CPU and graphics performance along with an increase in battery life as well. Intel expects its Goldmont-based CPUs to be used in popular low-powered Windows notebooks and desktops.
Unfortunately, Intel did not mention the specific release date for its upcoming Apollo Bay processors. Instead, the company expects them to be released sometime in Q2 2016. Price wasn’t mentioned either, but one should expect them to be priced somewhere in the “affordable” region – they aren’t blazing fast processors anyway.