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Intel Announces Gracemont-based N-Series Processors For Entry-Level Mobile and Desktop Systems

Intel’s 13th Gen Core mobile announcement tends to take the limelight from many other product announcements, but Intel has also announced four new SKUs from its N-series processors. Entry-level Intel’s latest mobile and desktop N-series processors (codenamed Alder Lake-N), replacing Intel’s Tremont architecture-based Jasper Lake platform. These new low-end SoCs include up to 8 CPU cores, plus Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, GNA 3.0 background noise suppression, and integrated IPU and MIPI camera support in one solution. This makes for the right range of products designed for video conferencing and high-end wireless connectivity for entry-level notebooks, Chromebooks, and low-power users.

Based on the same Gracemont CPU microarchitecture that Intel uses for the efficiency (E) cores of its 12th and 13th Gen Core processors, Intel’s N-series processors are low-power and affordable where efficiency matters Designed for slim notebooks and desktops. Intel also claims double-digit performance improvements over its predecessor series with its latest quad-core Intel Inside N200 processor, with 28% better overall application performance and up to 28% better web browsing performance. doing.

Intel claims that stepping up to Core i3 N-series processors will boost overall application performance by up to 42%. This is advantageous in terms of efficiency and performance per watt. Not only is the N-series an entry-level processor designed for affordable Windows notebooks and Chromebooks, but Intel’s claims look to completely outperform previous Jasper Lake models such as the N6000. The same Efficiency (E) cores are used in Intel’s 13th/12th Gen Core series family with either 8 or 4 Gracemont cores.

In terms of features, Intel promises favorable video conferencing capabilities with an integrated Image Processing Unit (IPU) and MIPI camera interface, as well as dynamic noise suppression on the microphone, so it’s well-rounded. It does this using low-power Gaussian and Neural Accelerator (GNA 3.0) technology with noise suppression and background noise removal useful for video conferencing calls.

Focused on connectivity, the N-series supports up to 4x USB 3 and 8x USB 2, with 9 PCIe 3.0 lanes for devices and controllers. Instead, the Intel N-series now benefits from Intel’s WI-Fi 6E CNVi with BT 5.2 device connectivity along with support for USB 3.2 Gen 2 and DisplayPort 1.4.

Intel N300/200 series (Gracemont Core on Intel 7)
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L3 cache
i3-N305 8/8 ? 3800 6 32 EUs DDR5-4800
i3-N300 8/8 ? 3800 6 32 EUs DDR5-4800

IP N200 4/4 ? 3700 6 32 EUs DDR5-4800

IP N100 4/4 ? 3400 6 24 EUs DDR5-4800


Core i3 N-series CPUs come with 8 cores and 8 threads as opposed to 4 cores and 4 threads in Intel Processor N200 and N100 chips. The Core i3-N305 is the top SKU of the entry-level series, featuring 8 Gracemont cores that can turbo up to 3.8 GHz and a maximum turbo TDP of 15W. Memory support is similar to the 13th generation core family with DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-4800 and DDR4-3200 supported by all four SKUs.

The Core i3-N300 has similar specs, including 32 EU graphics cores and 6MB of L3 cache, but with just over half the power budget available with a maximum turbo TDP of 7W. It focuses on two entry-level Intel processor brand chips. Both the IP-N200 and IP-N100 contain 4 Gracemont cores and 4 threads and also contain 6MB of L3 cache. Both have a turbo TDP of 6W, but the IP-N200 is an E-core turbo of 3.7 GHz and features 32 EU graphics core units, while the entry-level N100 has a maximum clock speed of 3.4 GHz, Only 24 EU graphics. core.

Intel has designated over 50 OEM designs as ready for N-series processors, including partnerships with Windows OEMs such as HP, ASUS, and Lenovo, as well as ChromeOS and leading Chromebooks. . It’s unclear when the N-series will make it into retail models, but it’s expected to start soon.

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