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Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ processors set for release later this year


Move over Skylake: An Asus PC with Intel's Kaby Lake chip is coming in Q3

“We can’t wait to see what gamers, content creators, VR developers and enthusiasts are able to do with the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition”, said Bryant.

The successor to Kaby Lake is a chip code-named Cannonlake, which will be made using the 10-nm process and be available for PCs in the second half of 2017. It weighs 695 grams and is 6.9 millimeters thick. He also said that the company has implemented Turbo Boost Max to enable gamers to take full advantage of the processor capabilities without sacrificing performance. The device has a 13-megapixel camera, and it can be configured with a 512GB SSD and up to 8GB RAM. Kaby Lake breaks from the “tick-tock” schedule that Intel has followed for most of the last decade; that schedule has been replaced by something Intel calls “Process, Architecture, Optimization“, in which it introduces a new process (formerly a tock), introduces a new architecture on that process (formerly a tick), and then tweaks the architecture without changing the process. They will appear alongside new entry-level 7th gen Apollo Lake processors. Kaby Lake has the underpinnings of Skylake, and like all chip upgrades, is expected to be faster and more power-efficient.

But as well as promising its most impressive affordable chips, Intel also showcased its most powerful desktop processors in history at this year’s event. It is the third Core chip design on the 14-nanometer process after Broadwell and Skylake and was added after manufacturing issues caused Intel to delay a move to the 10-nm process. Rumors say the Kaby Lake launch will start with low-voltage Core i3/i5/i7 and Core m3/m5/m7 CPUs for laptops and convertibles first and come to desktops later-Asus is already showing off a Surface clone with a Kaby Lake CPU, suggesting that the chip is already sampling to Intel’s partners.

The Transformer 3, which has a 12.6-inch screen, gives some insight into what top-line Kaby Lake PCs may look like. The chips will sell under the Pentium and Celeron brands.

The latest chips have been fabricated on the 14nm Goldmont architecture, which will only mean improved Instructions Per Cycle performance and improved GPU performance as well.

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