Brief Intel Unveils New Eighth-Generation Processors

Friday, 31 Aug, 2018

Earlier this year Intel announced that it would be introducing two new families to its low power notebook range: Whiskey Lake for new 15W (U-Series) processors, and Amber Lake for new sub-5W (Y-Series) processors.

The Y series processors are designed for use in thin, light laptops and 2-in-1s, while also aiming to provide mobile performance and long battery life.

Both the Amber Lakes and Whiskey Lakes support Gigabit Wi-Fi that is 12 times faster than the latest standard and also faster USB 3.1 Generation 2 connectivity. The most impressive improvement that Intel claimed these processors can offer is up to 16 hours of battery life and with power-optimized systems, they target to reach 19 hours of battery life. The U-series processors support 2133MHz LPDDR3 and 2400MHz DDR, while the Y-series clock in at 1866MHz LPDDR3. The major difference is that these ones come with faster clock speeds and upgraded Wi-Fi; to distinguish them from the previously released chips, they'll be marketed with the words "OPTIMIZED FOR CONNECTIVITY" underneath the Intel Core logo.

Because Intel has already shipped some 8th Generation mobile parts without the flashy Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake features, these new CPUs have the potential to cause some customer confusion.

"The new 8th Gen Intel Core processors extend once again our leadership in delivering exceptional performance", says Intel mobile client platform general manager and client computing group vice president Chris Walker.

Intel claims the new U-series CPUs are dependent upon 6.5X speedier than a 5-year-old framework in 4K video encodes when contrasting the i5-8265U with the i5-8400U.

The most powerful of the three U-series chips is the quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U which can clock to up to 4.6GHz on TurboBoost from a base speed of 1.8GHz. The U-series CPUs support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. Rather, it just has the eSIM support ready for manufacturers who also want to include an LTE modem in the device.

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