Intel launches 8th generation – Refreshed Kaby Lake, 14nm Coffee Lake and 10nm Cannonlake all under one brand

Today Intel officially unveiled its 8th generation processors. It appears that the Core i5-8250U and other chips that we got a hold of before are actually a part of the Refreshed Kaby Lake series. The anticipated 14nm Coffee Lake and 10nm Cannonlake architectures along with the Refreshed Kaby Lake series all fall under the same brand – 8th generation. Let’s take a brief look at the new products.

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First of all, there is the Refreshed Kaby Lake chips – 15W mobile chips based on the same 14nm architecture. These are the  Core i7-8650U, Core i7-8550U, Core i5-8350U and the Core i5-8250U. As we already said, there are no architectural changes, however, the new models have double the physical cores and threads compared to last year’s versions. Now we have quad-core eight thread ULV chips with only 15W TDP. Processors with similar specs were previously 45W units. This will allow for some powerful yet power-friendly and thin and lights at the same time notebooks.

The new Kaby Lake processors will also feature an upgraded graphics engine. The UHD 620 will support 4K video playback and it is said to deliver up to 40% better performance than the previous generation HD 620.

The first systems running with the new 8th generation processors should hit the market sometime in September.

Along with the Refreshed Kaby Lake, the 8th generation will also feature two new architectures – Coffee Lake and Cannonlake. Although they were announced today, they will hit the market later this year no sooner than October. As we see, the Refreshed Kaby Lakes are focused on the U-series desktop. The new Cannonlake architecture is based on the 10nm manufacturing process and will probably be used for Intel’s Y-series of low-powered SoC (around 4.5W TDP) designed for tablets, convertibles and other small portable devices.

The H (high-performance ) and S-series (desktop models) will be based on the new 14nm++ Coffee Lake architecture. As we have already heard, the era of the dual-core processor has ended. Even the entry-level Core i3s will feature four physical cores and the Core i5s and i7s will be boosted to six cores. However, Hyper-Threading will be exclusive to the high-end Core i7 models.

Judging by the facts that the desktop models will start with four cores and the notebook U-series will also feature four cores, we can assume that the H-series notebook processors will most likely be upgraded to six cores at least the i7 models. The 45W TDP will also ensure higher clocks compared to the 15W ULV chips which have compromised their base frequencies to add the extra cores.

We should expect more detailed and new models to be announced in the following months as we near the release date of the currently announced ones. We will share the latest news whenever there is something interesting.

Meanwhile, you can check out all available Intel products over here:

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