Almost a year Later kicking off its 8th Generation Core lineup, Intel has made the unusual move of Declaring Another family of CPUs According to a refreshed architecture, but Beneath the Exact Same 8th Gen umbrella.
There’s also a brand new 5W Y-series portfolio for both tablet computers and incredibly thin and light 2-in-1s.
Intel is focusing on connectivity and battery life rather than core functionality with this new launch, even though the firm does also promise significant speed enhancements. The main features for the new U-series are integrated support for USB 3.1 (Gen 2) and Gigabit Wi-Fi via a new platform control; an improved audio DSP for voice assistants; as well as 16 hours of battery life per charge. Real-world functionality will naturally depend on how laptop makers decide to implement these new processors. New or refreshed laptops from all significant brands are expected to be unveiled at the yearly IFA consumer electronics trade show at Berlin, also come to market in time for the US holiday shopping season.
There will be three new U-series CPU models, all based on an architecture using all the new codename’Whiskey Lake’. The Core i3-8145U has two cores using Hyper-Threading and runs between 2.1GHz and 3.9GHz, with a 4MB cache. The Core i5-8265U includes four cores with Hyper-Threading and has foundation and increase speeds of 1.6GHz and 3.9GHz respectively, with a 6MB cache. The top-end Core i7-8565U also has four cores and eight threads, and will run at between 1.8GHz and 4.6GHz, using an 8MB cache.
Another part of this announcement concerns new’Amber Lake’ Y-series CPUs. These will be the first 5W models inside the 8th Gen Center household, owing to repeated flaws with Intel’s beleaguered 10nm Cannonlake CPUs that were originally scheduled for release in 2016. The extremely low-power Y-series has not been refreshed since Intel’s 7th Gen’Kaby Lake’ parts started in late 2016. All of Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake processors have been fabricated using the latest version of Intel’s 14nm process.
All of Y-series parts announced today have two cores with Hyper-Threading, and 4MB caches. The Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y are not marketed under the Core m title because Intel says their functionality shouldn’t be underestimated by buyers. The former runs between 1.3GHz and 3.9GHz, although the latter has base and increase speeds rated at 1.5GHz and 4.2GHz.
The announcement of the new CPUs, before IFA 2018, comes at a time when Intel was expected to start rolling out its 9th Gen Core CPUs. Last year’s surprise announcement of fresh U-series laptop CPUs based on a very slightly updated’Kaby Lake Refresh’ architecture effectively splintered its generation-based naming tradition involving multiple architectures for the first time. Now, there will be even more architectures and another wave of U-series CPUs within precisely the same generation although a full year has passed.
Intel remains anticipated to kick off its 9th Gen Core rollout very soon, together with the widely leaked octa-core Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K models, a six-core Core i5-9660K, and a refreshed Z390 platform control. In accordance with the most recent leaks and rumours, Intel will increase core counts but limit Hyper-Threading to its Core i9 offering, lowering the ribbon count for Core i7 versions for the very first time. The new Core i9 will likewise be contingent on the exact same mainstream architecture instead of being a part of this high-end Core X-series.