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Apollo Lake

Apollo Lake – Overview

The tapered edges of the metal cap and the metal cap itself are a clear feature for Intel's Apollo-Lake processors – in everyday life it will disappear under the heat sink. offering a broader contact space for cooling solutions is one feature that will help embedded vendors to design more compact systems with even more processing power. This is the improved surface, but what improvements have been made inside the processor?

The newcomers are manufactured in 14nm technology and provide approximately 30 percent better computing and 45 percent more graphics / video performance than their predecessors. The power consumption remains relatively low with 6 to 12 W TDP and stays at the level of the former generation.

The new silicone features Intel's Gen 9 graphics, which in the past was reserved for the sixth-generation core processors only. This gives the new CPU series a significantly improved support for 4k graphics resolution. Up to three independent displays can be operated simultaneously, and DirectX 1.2, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.2 are supported. The integrated security engine provides better security while the optional Error Correcting Code (ECC) preserves data integrity. The protection capabilities in the new processors were built from the ground up to ensure a new level of security. Each time the system starts up, secure boot with Intel Platform Trust Technology helps to keep the device safe, blocking dangerous programs, so only trusted software is launched. All this works behind the scenes of the new processor but delivers more power and advanced cooling to applications.

Comparison with former Atom generations

  Bay Trail Braswell Apollo Lake
CPU Microarchitecture Silvermont Airmont Goldmont
Core Count Up to 4 Up to 4 Up to 4
Graphics Architecture Gen 7 Gen 8 Gen 9
EU Count unknown 16/12 12/18
Multimedia Codecs MPEG-2
HEVC (hybrid)
VP9 (hybrid)
Process Technology 22 nm 14 nm 14 nm
Launch Q1 2014 Q1 2015 Q3 2016

Key features

  • 14 nm process
  • Up to 30% additional CPU performance
  • Gen6 GPU unit
  • Up to 30% additional GPU performance
  • Integrated security engine

Apollo Lake Value Vectors

Time Coordinated Computing Full-HD Media Performance Immersive 3D Graphics
  • Improved Determinism from Fabric & Memory Quality of Service
  • Extreme coordination of sensing & actuation
  • Unified Timekeeping between CPU & PCIe* Device via PTM Hardware
  • Fast HD video acceleration over previous generation
  • Up to 15 simultaneous 1080p30 decode streams
  • Fast graphics and media performance @ ISO power over previous generation
  • Enhanced API support
Enhanced SecurityExecutions Improved I/O Capability Reliable and Efficient Computing
  • Integral Intel®Security Engine
  • Fast cryptographic execution with Intel®AES New Instructions (Intel®AES-NI)
  • Secure/measured booting features
  • Fewer external hubs needed
  • MIPI* CSI v2.0 for Image Processor
  • Enhanced Integrated Sensor Hub (ISH4.0)
  • Enhanced reliability with ECC
  • Optimized architecture for better QoS delivery
  • Full-featured "I" SKUs @ Tj=110°C extreme 7-year lifetime for Industrial

Ready-To-Go System Solutions

Portwell's wide-range product line gives customer rich choices. Customers can select different form factors from modules (COM Express, Q7, ETX) and embedded boards (ATX, Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX), SBC (PICMG 1.0, PICMG 1.3, Backplane), to systems (Panel PC, Box PC). With Portwell's unique modular design, no matter what kind of solution you're looking for, you can simply start by selecting your preferred platform. Then our complete one-stop service will help you on integration with software (BIOS, EC, embedded OS, BSP, API), hardware (expansion, form factor, peripheral devices, PSU), and system (thermal, chassis). It's simply like playing Lego; just picking up options of bricks then building them up into a system. This easy but quick way will only consume a short period of time on verification and validation. The next step is to meet customer's requirements with our flexibility and customization capability.


Product Description

3.5" embedded system board for Automation, Kiosks and Digital Signage Systems
Intel® Apollo Lake Atom™ Processor Based 3.5" Embedded Board with DDR3L SDRAM, Gigabit Ethernet, Dual Mini-PCIe Socket, Six COM Ports and 12~24V DC Input

Mini COM Express Module small and powerful
PCOM-BA01, Portwell's brand new COM express Mini size low power module, with display up to 4K digital display resolution. Wide temperature operation targeting for extreme environment.

Versatile, compact, powerful and fan-less - Atom 3900-based Nano-ITX board
Intel® Apollo Lake Atom™ Dual/Quad Core E3900 series SoC based on NANO-ITX. Board with Triple Displays, GbE LAN, USB 3.0, M.2, SATA III, Mini-PCIe, and mSATA

Compact COM Express Module boosts existing system performance
Portwell PCOM-B641VG is designed with Intel® Atom™ E3900 Series ultra low power processor with higher memory performance and advance graphic controller for Automation, Healthcare and Thin Client Systems.

Qseven 2.1 module supports five different Intel Apollo Lake processors
Qseven module by Qseven 2.1 based on Intel® Atom™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors ("Apollo Lake") with LPDDR4 SDRAM up to 8GB, 24bit LVDS, DP/HDMI

First SMARC 2.0 module with low-power x86 processors
SMARC module by SMARC 2.0 based on Intel® Atom™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors ("Apollo Lake") with LPDDR4 SDRAM up to 8GB, 24bit LVDS, DP, HDMI


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