Intel plans to update its low-power Gemini Lake CPU series by Q4 2020
With all the price slashing that Intel is doing right now for its mid-range and high-end desktop CPUs in order to keep up with the AMD competition, some might think that the CPU giant is going to see reduced revenues in the upcoming quarters, but that is not really the case. Intel’s profit margins are greatly influenced by how well the entry-to-mid sector sales are doing, and reports are looking good thus far, even with the prolonged 14 nm shortages. All seems to be going according to plan, and Intel is already planning to refresh the entry-level offer mostly comprising the Gemini Lake series designed for mini PCs and budget laptops, which, according to FanlessTech's latest findings, should be released by the end of next year.
The new info spotted by FanlessTech reveals that the refreshed Gemini Lake models will bare the GLK-R code and will introduce six new models with higher clocks, yet the same number of cores and threads. Top-of-the-line 10 W TDP J models include the Pentium Silver J5040 that gets a 500 MHz higher base clock with a 400 MHz higher boost clock (reaching 3.2 GHz), while the Celeron J4125 with 500 MHz higher base clock gets only a 200 MHz higher boost clock, and the Celeron J4025 gets the same 2 GHz base clock with a 200 MHz bump for the boost clock.
All the new 6 W TDP N models retain the 1.1 GHz base clock, and only get increased boost clocks. As such, the Pentium Silver N5030 bumps the boost clock by 400 MHz, while the Celeron N4120 and N4020 receive a 200 MHz higher boost clock.
All new chips will get the same 4 MB L3 cache, however, it is still unclear if these chips will benefit from a jump to the 10 nm node. Moreover, there is no info about the iGPUs, but rumor has it that Intel may upgrade these as well with the refreshed Gemini Lake models.