Almost a year Later kicking off its 8th Generation Center lineup, Intel has made the unusual move of Declaring a second family of CPUs According to a refreshed Design, but under the Exact Same 8th Gen umbrella.
There is also a new 5W Y-series portfolio for tablets and incredibly thin and light 2-in-1s.
Intel is focusing on connectivity and battery life instead of core functionality with this new launch, although the company does also promise significant speed enhancements. The key features for your 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; and up to 16 hours of battery life per charge. Real-world functionality will of course depend on how notebook manufacturers decide to employ these chips. New or refreshed notebooks from all major brands are expected to be unveiled at the annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, also come to market in time to the US holiday shopping season.
There’ll be three new U-series CPU versions, all based on an architecture with the new codename’Whiskey Lake’. The Core i3-8145U includes two cores using Hyper-Threading and runs at between 2.1GHz and 3.9GHz, with a 4MB cache. The Core i5-8265U has four cores with Hyper-Threading and contains foundation and boost speeds of 1.6GHz and 3.9GHz respectively, using a 6MB cache. The top-end Core i7-8565U also includes four cores and eight threads, and will operate at between 1.8GHz and 4.6GHz, using an 8MB cache.
Another part of the announcement concerns fresh’Amber Lake’ Y-series CPUs. These will be the first 5W models within the 8th Gen Core family, owing to repeated delays with Intel’s beleaguered 10nm Cannonlake CPUs which were originally scheduled for release at 2016. The extremely low-power Y-series has not been refreshed since Intel’s 7th Gen’Kaby Lake’ components launched in late 2016. All Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake chips have been fabricated using the latest version of Intel’s 14nm process.
The Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y aren’t marketed under the Core m name since Intel says their performance should not be rectified by buyers. The former runs between 1.3GHz and 3.9GHz, although the latter has foundation and increase speeds rated at 1.5GHz and 4.2GHz.
Last year’s surprise announcement of new U-series laptop CPUs based on a really slightly updated’Kaby Lake Refresh’ architecture effectively splintered its generation-based naming convention involving multiple architectures for the first time. Now, there’ll be more architectures and another wave of U-series CPUs in precisely the exact same generation even though a full year has passed.
Intel is still expected to kick off its 9th Gen Core rollout very soon, together with the leaked octa-core Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K versions, a six-core Core i5-9660K, and a refreshed Z390 platform controller. As per the most recent leaks and rumours, Intel will boost core counts but restrict Hyper-Threading to its Core i9 offering, lowering the ribbon count for Core i7 versions for the first time. The newest Core i9 will likewise be contingent on the exact same mainstream architecture instead of being a part of this high-end Core X-series.