At least week's IDF Shenzhen, Intel presented its next-generation Atom-based notebook SoC plans. To be part of the Apollo Lake platform, the 14nm Goldmont cores are aimed at entry-level notebook, 2-in-1, All-in-One and tablet PCs. The first products are expected in the second half of this year and they promise better CPU performance, enhanced graphics performance, improved battery life, thin form factors, and cost saving opportunities.
From the IDF presentation, Intel shares only a few brief details regarding its new Apollo Lake design platform, but does not disclose exact specifications or performance numbers. At this point, based on 14nm Airmont designs, it is pretty safe to assume that the new SoCs will contain up to four Goldmont cores in consumer devices but perhaps 8+ in communications and embedded systems. Intel has not specified the TDP of its new processors but claims that power management features of the platform will help it to improve battery life compared to previous-gen systems (which might point to a Speed Shift like arrangement similar to what we see on Skylake, perhaps). While Intel does not reveal specifics of its own SoCs, the company shares its vision for the upcoming PCs powered by the Apollo Lake platform.