Intel Gemini Lake is supposed to be the upcoming generation of entry-level CPUs. Leaked roadmaps showed us that these CPUs will be announced before the end of the year but it is more than likely that these CPUs will be released in early 2018.
Intel Gemini Lake will feature processors for the Celeron and Pentium brands. These will be dual core CPUs for the entry level market. Intel Gemini Lake will be based on the 14nm process and will feature better performance and lower power consumption as compared to previous generation CPUs.
According to the new change log found in a Linux kernel patch, the Intel Gemini Lake CPU will not only have faster cores but better integrated graphics as well. The CPUs will have hardware decoding support for 10-bit video formats like VP9. The change-log entry is as follows:
“Add support for Gemini Lake (aka. GLK) – Decoding: H.264/MPEG-2/VC-1/JPEG/VP8/HEVC/HEVC 10-bit/VP9/VP9 10-bit.”
According to recent leaks, the mobile CPUs will have a TDP of 6W and the desktop versions will have a TDP of 10W. The CPUs will also come with 4 MB of L3 cache, this is double the amount as compared to the previous generations CPUs. According to reports, the new single-channel DDR4 integrated memory controller will also be a new feature.
This new feature will enable support for faster memory. Integrated WLAN controller may also be added into the mix. The integrated graphics are rumored to feature 8 execution units. The chip will also have support for high-resolution displays and HDMI 2.0 outputs.
Do take this information with a grain of salt as this has not been confirmed by Intel. You should wait for the official confirmation before taking this information to heart.
Let us know what you think about the features that the upcoming Intel Gemini Lake CPUs have to offer and whether or not you would be interested in buying one.