Intel’s BGA processors are definitely going to become a bigger part of Intel’s portfolio in the future and by the looks of things these BGA packages are mainly designed to transform the bottom segment of the market – that is Pentium, Celeron and Atom processor segmentations. The latest roadmap has outlined Intel’s BGA plans and as you can see by Q4 of this year we will see a whole new array of Bay Trail-D based BGA processors from Intel. For those who are unaware BGA is “ball grid array” and LGA is “land grid array”. Essentially BGA means the processor comes pre-fitted, often soldered, into a motherboard with a chipset. This way the motherboard, chipset and CPU is one complete whole and cannot be customised separately. BGAs are best viewed as SoCs (system on chips).
Furthermore Intel are not neglecting the top end of the market either with a single Core i7 BGA processor and two Core i5 BGA processors. All the key specifications are here for you to see but what’s interesting is that Intel’s high performance BGA processors all have the Iris Pro graphics which are actually very strong – better than those on AMD’s APU (like the A10-6800K) – though the Caveat is that Intel’s BGA processors will likely cost twice as much. All these BGA processors will lead the Intel BGA charge well into mid/late 2014. BGA processors will continue to sit alongside LGA processors and anyone that tells you otherwise is lying, BGA will not be replacing LGA – at least not anytime soon.
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