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Braswell 14nm Atom graphics supports DirectX 12

by on17 February 2015

4K times 2K resolution too

Braswell 14nm Atom is coming to notebooks / netbooks in Q3 2015, with a new iGPU in tow. 

Atom will finally get to 14nm, moving from the very successful but aging Bay-Trail 22nm quad-core platform, and Intel will start shipping products based on Braswell Pentium and Celeron branded 14nm SoCs later this year. There will be quad-core,  four-thread parts,  as well as dual-core chips with two threads. Both will use the Type 3 BGA package, measuring 25mm x 27mm. It has 1170 pins with a pitch of 0.593 mm.

The platform supports DDR3L 1600 MHz in SODIMM form factor and is capable of handling a maximum of 8GB, which we believe is fine for this market segment. The Braswell platform has 4x 1PCIe 2.0, 2 SATA 3.0. eMMC 4.51 and SD Card 3.01 support. It supports SDIO, UAART and 8 I2C connectors. It comes with total of five USB ports, where four are USB 3.0 and one is USB 2.0. The platform supports HD audio and the integrated graphics of choice is based on Intel's "Low power Gen 8 graphics" with up to 16 EUs. The graphics part supports DirectX 12, as long as you use Windows 10 and Open GL 4.2.

You can use up to three displays and they support maximum of 4K x 2K resolution. Internally the platform supports eDP 1.4 with up to 2560x1440 resolution, while for external displays you can use both HDMI or Display Port. The maximum resolution is once again 4K x 2K.

Braswell supports Chrome, Linux, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 only in 64 bit mode. Both Windows 10.1 and Windows 8.1 64-bit support comes without connected standby support, making us wonder if that was the cause for the Braswell delay.

This Out-of-Order platform in 14nm supports MIPI CSI 2.0, with integrated ISP and up to two HD cameras. You can take still pictures up to 5 megapixels and video up to 1080p at 30FPS. It is expected in Q3 2015, hopefully just in time for the back-to-school summer shopping spree, as Braswell targets the $199 to $399 notebook and Chromebook market. 



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