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Intel unveils N-series mobile processors

by on03 January 2023

Core i3 and Intel Processor with just E-cores

During its big CES 2023 unveil, Intel also announced its new N-series entry-level mobile processor, aimed at low-cost laptops, and featuring just E-cores.

Based on the same Intel 7 manufacturing process, the new N-series mobile CPUs will pack up to eight Gracemont E-cores, 6MB of L3 cache, and the Xe-LP iGPU with 32 EUs. The chip also comes with GNI 3.0 for AI acceleration and a dedicated image processing unit, which should be useful. The platform has wide support for DDR5, LPDDR5, DDR4, eMMC/UFS, and SSD support, and USB 3.

What makes it interesting is that Xe-LP iGPU brings hardware-accelerated AV1 decoding, while the PCH brings modern connectivity with integrated Intel WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

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The lineup includes two Core i3 SKUs, the Core i3-N305, and the Core i3-N300, both with 8-core/8-thread configuration, working at up to 3.8GHz, and with max Turbo power of 15W and 7W, respectively.

There are also two Intel Processor SKUs, the N200 and the N100, both with single cluster, or 4-core/4-thread configuration, 6MB of L3 cache, and working up to 3.7GHz and 3.4GHz. These two have 24 EUs and the same max Turbo power of 6W.

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According to Intel, the new lineup brings up to 28% better application performance and 64% better graphics performance, compared to the previous generation.

As noted, these are aimed at entry-level education and mainstream laptops, desktops, and edge native applications so it will be interesting to see some products based on these SKUs. Intel says there are more than 50 designs from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Asus expected in 2023.


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