Today, Intel unveiled the new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors, based on the 'Gemini Lake' architecture and engineered to offer a balance of performance and connectivity.
The new processors are designed to power tasks people do every day - working on office documents and spreadsheets, browsing online, enjoying favorite shows and movies, and editing photos - with great battery life. According to Intel, Pentium Silver will deliver 58 percent faster productivity performance compared with a similar 4-year-old PC based on an Intel Pentium Processor N3540 or a Pentium Processor J2900.
Intel is also introducing new brand levels in order to help differentiate processor performance levels and make it easier for consumers to decide which device is best for them: Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Pentium Gold.
Intel Pentium Silver processors - launching today and based on the Gemini Lake architecture - represent the cost-optimized option in the Intel Pentium processor family. Intel Pentium Gold processors are already in market based on the Kaby Lake architecture, and represent the highest-performing Pentium processors available.
For the first time on any PC platform, Intel will offer Gigabit Wi-Fi capability for ultra-fast connectivity with new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors. Using the industry standard of 2x2 802.11AC with 160MHz channels, users now have the capability for faster networking performance that delivers download speeds up to two times faster compared with systems using 802.11AC, 12 times faster compared with systems using 802.11 BGN, and even faster than a wired Gigabit Ethernet connection.
The 802.11ac 2x2 160 MHz standard enables 1733 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, 2x faster than standard 802.11ac 2x2 80 MHz (867 Mbps) and nearly 12x faster than baseline 1x1 BGN (150 Mbps) Wi-Fi as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and requires the use of similarly configured 802.11ac wireless network routers or better. To achieve Gigabit wireless speeds, the network requires a wireless router/access point that supports 160 MHz channels.
Additionally, Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron-based systems will be able to handle the latest in enhanced media for streaming content from popular sites like YouTube and Netflix. Intel is also delivering for the first time a display technology called Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE) to the value space. This technology is designed to help people clearly see the screen outdoors in glare and bright light. All of this comes with hardware-enabled security.
The new processors launching today are:
- Intel Pentium Silver processors N5000 (up to 2.7GHz, 4C/4T, 4MB cache, Inte UHD Graphics 605 - up to 8000MHz) for mobile and J5005 (up to 2.8GHz, 4C/4T, 4MB cache, Inte UHD Graphics 605 - up to 750MHz) for desktop
- Intel Celeron processors N4100 (up to 2.4GHz, 4C/4T, 4MB cache, Inte UHD Graphics 600 - up to 700MHz) and N4000 (up to 2.6GHz, 4C/4T, 4MB cache, Inte UHD Graphics 60 - up to 6500MHz) for mobile and J4105 (up to 2.5GHz, 4C/4T, 4MB cache, Inte UHD Graphics 600 - up to 750MHz) and J4005 (up to 2.7GHz, 2C/2T, 4MB cache, Inte UHD Graphics 600 - up to 70MHz) for desktop
The processors will power laptops, 2 in 1s, all-in-one PCs, mini PCs and desktops, which will launch in the first quarter of 2018.