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Desktop Braswell is dual or quad 14nm

by on05 August 2014

Airmont Out-of-Order core

We didn’t manage to get many details about the notebook and tablet version of Intel's upcoming out-of-order core codenamed Braswell, but we have managed to get a few specifications of the desktop version.

The desktop Braswell comes with Intel Pentium or Celeron branding, in quad-core and dual-core versions. It appears that Intel will no longer use Atom branding for out-of-order desktop parts. Its maximum TDP is 10W which is acceptable for entry level desktop systems, small form factor and All-in-one computers.

The chipset supports dual channel DDR3L 1600 MHz memory and high speed SATA 3.0. It comes with four integrated USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port. It has 4-lane PCI Express 2.09 at 5 GT/s. The graphics part has 16 executive units (EUs) and DirectX 11 support, as well as support for three independent displays with resolutions of up to 2560x1600.

Let's not forget the integrated 10/100 and 1000 Mbit LAN card as well as integrated audio SMI, LPC and SM Bus support. The Braswell SoC (System-on-Chip) will ship in BGA 25x27mm package.

Braswell is based on Intel's new Airmont 14nm out-of-order architecture. The ability to bring 14nm parts to the entry level market so fast will give Intel a competitive edge and put more pressure on AMD in this market segment.

Braswell SoC supports both Windows 7 or 8.1 and Google Chrome OS and as we have mentioned before it is targeted at entry level desktops and All-in-One (AIO) systems. Braswell SoC supports Linux and Android as well, but we are not aware of any plans to launch Linux or Android Braswell SoC machines.

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