Intel introduces new 8th Generation processors

Intel Corporation Outs First Wave of 8th Generation Core Chips

Previously teased by Intel with the promise of a launch by year's end, Coffee Lake is the eight generation implementation of the company's Core architecture and a successor to the current Kaby Lake microarchitecture. Whereas the last two generations of chips were kinda like half steps in performance, the new 8th-generation "Ice Lake" Core processors are almost twice as fast as 7th-gen "Skylake" chips. Intel says that the 8th-gen Core line is up to 40 percent faster over the previous generation. Its new chips aim to keep demand in one of those segments humming along. The new i5 CPUs aren't shown here, but they compare identically to the Core i7 mobile parts, with higher turbo clocks, quad core configurations with Hyper-Threading, which is historically unusual in the i5 quad-core lineup.

Despite having more power under the hood, Intel says the new CPUs won't be a step backward when it comes to battery life. But that's actually less performance than we'd expect to see, given that doubling core counts from a dual CPU to a quad CPU can drive more than 25% improvement on its own in desktops.

All of this processors have 4 cores, and 8 threads. The U-Series was made for Thin and Light Laptops, Convertibles, Minis, and 2 in 1 Computers. And by mid-year, Intel was expanding the range yet again with new Xeon-like Core-X series chips that would offer up to 18 processor cores and "extreme" performance (and pricing). However, their turbo clock speeds of 3.4GHz to 4.2GHz match or exceed those of the chips being replaced, and in spite of the extra cores, the chips match the 15-watt max power draw (TDP) of last year's parts. Today, with its 8th-generation chips, Intel is explicitly changing that policy.

Intel is pushing the 8th-gen chips as well suited for the growth of viewing, shooting and editing of 4K and 360-degree video.

Intel is promising that more than 145 OEM devices will be launching products, starting in September, with 80 of those to be available in time for Christmas. An expected jump to smaller 10nm parts isn't expected until 2018, although Intel has dropped a number of hints about future plans, and they may be part of this 8th generation as well. The company is promoting the processors not only to business users but also to consumers and content creators, noting that users can play 4K UHD videos on their laptops for up to 10 hours and can edit action footage 14.7 times faster than on Kaby Lake chips.

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