Are Intel Apollo Lake processors already dying?

Replace: Intel has been involved to say that the unique Product Change Notification (PCN) it launched had incorrect info, and it has since launched a brand new PCN.

In accordance with Intel, “There are no changes to the B-1 Stepping of the Intel Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 Processors and Intel Pentium N4200 Processor as they meet all Intel quality goals for PC Usage and will continue to be available. The F-1 Apollo Lake Intel Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 Processors and Intel Pentium N4200 Processor meet all Intel quality goals for PC Usage. With IOTG’s operational decision to converge onto a single package for all of the IOTG Apollo Lake Processors, the F-1 stepping Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 Processors and Pentium N4200 Processor has a slight increase in Z height compared to the B-1 Stepping.”

Unique story follows…

Though they have been solely launched in 2016, there are studies that Intel Apollo Lake processors are dying prior to anticipated.

In accordance with a Product Change Notification (PCN) doc, which isn’t at the moment obtainable on-line, however reported on by Tom’s {Hardware}, Intel is planning to exchange 4 of its Celeron and Pentium Apollo Lake processors as a consequence of degradation in efficiency.

In accordance with Intel, it has “identified an issue with the Low Pin Count (LPC), Real Time Clock (RTC), SD Card interfaces on Intel Celeron N3350, J3355, J3455 processors and Intel Pentium N4200 processor resulting in degradation of these signals at a rate higher than Intel’s quality goals after multiple years in service.”

Basically, Intel is saying that these Apollo Lake processors, that are based mostly on its Goldmont microarchitecture and 14nm course of node, might die earlier than the guarantee is up – so Intel is planning on refreshing all the Apollo Lake lineup.

Finances laptops affected

Intel Apollo Lake processors are primarily present in finances laptops and desktops, in addition to 2-in-1 gadgets and all-in-one PCs, and the affected CPUs are the Celeron J3455, J3355, N3350 and Pentium N4200.

Intel has beforehand had issues with LPC bus degradation – which appears to be the issue right here – with its Atom C2000 collection of processors, in addition to its E3800 collection CPUs – which led Intel to making a reserve fund to cowl the prices of changing the processors.

The affected Apollo Lake processors will transfer from the outdated B1 stepping to new F1 stepping in a bid to keep away from the issue, and the brand new processors may have an ‘E’ suffix of their identify to assist prospects establish the brand new CPUs – so that they would be the Celeron J3455E, J3355E, N3350E and Pentium N4200E.

In accordance with Tom’s {Hardware}, Intel is telling its prospects to maneuver from their current CPUs to the brand new variations. After all, that is simpler mentioned than completed, as lots of the merchandise the affected Apollo Lake processors are in usually are not simply upgradable – which implies you’ll have to purchase a completely new gadget.

We’ve contacted Intel to search out out extra, and can replace this story once we hear again.


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