Intel Unveils Kaby Lake Processor Details

Intel Unveils Kaby Lake Processor Details

Just as the history of Intel's developments in the processor field have more or less followed Moore's law since it was proposed in 1965, so has the company's quest to produce increasingly powerful chips that use decreasing amounts of power. Intel showed today that it's continuing to pursue the goal, with the full release of its 7th Generation Core processing platform, code-named "Kaby Lake," which it teased at its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco earlier this month.

Kaby Lake's debut focuses on devices at the lower end of the power spectrum, with the introduction of a new range of processors using between 4.5 and 15 watts. The chips will be available in laptop computers and Intel-driven mobile devices beginning this fall, and is expected to appear in more than 100 products between now and the end of 2016. The processors will come to enterprise, workstation, desktop, and enthusiast notebook systems by January 2017.

According to Intel, the Kaby Lake builds directly on a number of growth trends the company has observed in the PC market. These include the explosion of the 2-in-1 computing segment, which has further increased demand for thin, light, and efficient computers below the traditional laptop tier; the increased consumption of demanding 4K video; and the advent of home-based VR through devices like theOculus Rift and HTC Vive$1,099.99 at Amazon.

Dipping a Toe Into Kaby Lake
Kaby Lake is the third series of Intel processors to use the company's 14nm production process, which was introduced with "Broadwell" and continued with "Skylake" a year ago. (It replaces the 10nm "Cannondale" processor that was originally scheduled for 2016, but was pushed back to next year.)

The variation of the process used in Kaby Lake is something Intel calls "14nm+", which boasts an improved fin profile and transistor channel strain. Intel claims that the chips represent a power efficiency improvement of as high as 25 percent over Skylake processors, and that they may deliver up to 12 percent increased productivity performance and up to 19 percent increased Web performance.


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