Intel Apollo Lake CPUs May Die Sooner Than Expected (Updated)


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Feb 4, 2016
September 9, 2019 at 12:22 PM - Source: Intel
Update 9/11/2019, 8:50am PT: Intel pulled the PCN document from its site, and after further investigation, the company tells us the PCN was posted in error. We've provided more detail here.

Original Article 9/9/2019 12:22am PT:

As detailed in a recent Product Change Notification (PCN) document, Intel is refreshing four of the company's Celeron and Pentium Apollo Lake processors due to degradation concerns. The problem stems from the same issue that initially cropped up with the C2000 Atom family, which had enough of an impact that Intel had to establish a reserve fund to cover the costs associated with replacing the processors.

Intel introduced Apollo Lake in 2016, and the chips are based of Intel's Goldmont microarchitecture. Like many chips before and after it, Intel manufactures Apollo Lake on the 14nm process node. Apollo Lake might consist of paltry Celeron and Pentium models, but these chips are commonly found in many budget products, including desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and AIO (All-In-One) PCs. The following is Intel's description of the problem from the official PCN 117143-00 document.