Intel Pentium And Celeron (Braswell) 14 nm SoCs Now Shipping

Intel CEO Brian KrzanichIntel CEO Brian KrzanichAt IDF Shenzen, Intel made a flurry of announcements, including the news that its new Braswell SoCs are now shipping.

Intel quietly added four new Braswell SKUs to its pricelist just over a week ago, including a new Pentium chip (quad core) and three Celerons (one quad core, two dual core). The Braswell SoCs replace Bay Trail and are designed for 2-in-1s and laptops, but also SFF desktops and AIOs.

Based on the Airmont architecture and built on the tri-gate 14 nm manufacturing process, these Braswell chips should appear in consumer products in time for the crush of back-to-school shopping this year. Intel stated that we should expect some 40 OEM products running Braswell around that timeframe.

Intel said to expect Braswell to offer double the graphics performance of Bay Trail, with more efficient battery life and a lower TDP. The Braswell SoCs offer a TDP of between 4 W and 6 W, while Pentium and Celeron Bay Trail chips are as low as 4.3 W and as high as 10 W, with a number of 7.5 W SKUs in between.

Intel Pentium N3700
Intel Celeron N3000
Intel Celeron N3050
Intel Celeron N3150
Cores / Threads
4 / 4
2 / 2
2 / 2
4 / 4
Base / Burst Frequency
1.6 / 2.4 GHz
1.04 / 2.08 GHz
1.6 / 2.16 GHz
1.6 / 2.08 GHz
Cache2 MB L2
2 MB L22 MB L22 MB L2
Instruction Set
14 nm
14 nm14 nm14 nm
6 W
4 W
6 W6 W
4 W
3 W
4 W4 W
8 GB DDR3L-1600, dual-channel
8 GB DDR3L-1600, dual-channel8 GB DDR3L-1600, dual-channel8 GB DDR3L-1600, dual-channel
Intel HD Graphics
Intel HD GraphicsIntel HD GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Base / Burst Frequency400 / 700 MHz
320 / 600 MHz
320 / 600 MHz
320 / 640 MHz
Graphics Output
PCIe 2.0 (4 lanes)
PCIe 2.0 (4 lanes)PCIe 2.0 (4 lanes)PCIe 2.0 (4 lanes)
2.0 / 3.0, 5 ports
2.0 / 3.0, 5 ports2.0 / 3.0, 5 ports2.0 / 3.0, 5 ports
SATA 6 Gbps Ports

However, don't let the promise of better graphics performance obscure the fact that these are not performance chips. They're very much aimed at products in the value and entry-level market segments.

One major data point we're still missing on the new Braswell chips is a price point. The more recent Pentium and Celeron Bay Trail quad core chips have "recommended consumer price" points ranging from $82 to $161, but Intel has not released that information for Braswell.

Seth Colaner is the News Director for Tom's Hardware. Follow Seth Colaner @SethColaner. Follow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

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  • TNT27
    4 core pentiums coming? how about something like a 4 core g3258 on desktops? at the same prces?!
  • artk2219
    "4 core pentiums coming? how about something like a 4 core g3258 on desktops? at the same prces?!"

    Or hell, why not just have an unlocked I3? No it isnt going to be like an I5, but dammit I want to tweak stuff! Honestly it would be nice if the i7's moved to 6 core 12 thread chips, the i5's were 4 core 8 thread chips, the i3's were quad cores, the pentium were 2 core 4 thread, and the celerons were just as they are now, dual cores. But i'm asking too much and i have no idea what their yields are like or what the sales would be like. They could also sell a 6 core with no hyperthreading thats unlocked, but i have no idea where that would slot in. It would also be nice if mobile i5's were real i5's and not rebadged and higher clocked I3's, but it is what it is, dont even get me started on the 2 core 4 thread "i7's".
  • Ninjawithagun
    Enough with the hooplah crap processors. What we really want to know is when will Skylake CPUs be released!!