Most of us have been expecting Intel Gemini Lake processors for a while, many of the features are already known, but there were some delays, and Intel has now only officially launched Intel Gemini Lake family with 6 processors.
The models include two Pentium Silver quad core processor with N5000 for mobile, J5005 for desktop, and four Celeron dual/quad core processors with N4000 & N4100 for mobile, and Celeron J4005 & J4105 for desktop.
All processors share the same 4MB cache which will help with performance improvement, and dual channel DDR4-2400, LPDDR4-2400 memory. Pentium processors come with Intel UHD Graphics 605 clocked up to 750/800 MHz, and Celeron processors are instead equipped with UHD Graphics 600 up to 650/750 MHz which the exactly frequency depending on model.
The company also introduced Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Pentium Gold brand levels with the former on Gemini Lake architecture, and the latter on the higher performance Kaby Lake architecture. Intel claims Pentium Silver N5005 will deliver 58 percent faster productivity performance compared with a similar 4-year-old PC based on Pentium N3540 (Bay Trail) based on data provided by SYSmark 2014 SE benchmark.
Gemini Lake processors will support Gigabit Wi-Fi capability using 2×2 802.11AC with 160MHz channels for theoretical data rates up to 1733 Mbps, and in reality around 1200 Mbps in ideal conditions provided the the router/client also supporting 160 MHz channels. The processor also include Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE), a new technology that should help people watch videos outdoors clearly even in bright light.
The only consumer Gemini Lake platforms I know of right now are the upcoming Latte Panda Delta board powered by Intel Celeron N4100 processor, and Intel’s own GLK NUCs, but the company reports that we should “look for designs from major OEMs to launch in the first quarter of 2018”, so we should see many more Gemini Lake mini PCs, 2-in-1 laptops, etc… very soon.