From Intel’s announcements today, two new unannounced codenames come to the front of the list: Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake. These are new U-series and Y-series processors respectively, and part of the 8th generation family, however Intel is not stating which processor architecture is being used nor which manufacturing node.

The new processors are aimed at Intel’s mobile processor lineup, and should feature in devices through the end of the year – Intel states they already have 70 140 new designs for laptops and 2-in-1s from OEMs starting this fall. Aside from stating that the new parts will offer double digit performance gains (against Kaby Lake parts, not the more recent Coffee Lake parts) and also will offer integrated Wi-Fi, when I say Intel is offering no details about these parts, I am not exaggerating. It lead to a very indepth conversation on our pre-brief call about announcing something like this but giving no details was a bad idea. It does strike a new era of Intel’s data sharing, and not in a good way.

This is the point where I mention something about 10nm. Intel gave no indication that these would be 10nm parts, and given previous statements on the issue, these are likely still 14nm parts using the Coffee Lake microarchitecture.

Also in Intel’s bag of announcements / light mentions, we were told that Intel will launch a new X-series processor (likely Cascade Lake for HEDT) by the end of the year, as well as a next gen Intel Core S-series CPU (which should be the 8-core Coffee Lake). Again, no information beyond this.

We have some time with Intel this week to dig deeper into these announcements. Stay tuned.

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  • Kevin G - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    Weird, Amber Lake isn't on their list of code names but Whiskey Lake as been on that list for while. Anderson Lake appears to be new since the last time I checked.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    "double digit performance gains (against Kaby Lake parts, not the more recent Coffee Lake parts) and also will offer integrated Wi-Fi"

    Considering Caffee Lake already provides double gains over Kaby, this may well be Coffee Lake with the new chip-"set" with integrated WiFi. A lack of any changes to the silicon may explain why Intel doesn't want to provide any details.
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    That sounds about right.
  • boe_d - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    I really don't care if the next processor is 8, 28 or 278 core - please just give me more pcie lanes. I don't make youtube videos, I don't make any videos - I game and use my PC for many standard apps such as word, excel, access, makemkv. None of the dunsel cores are going to help me. Please just add more PCIe cores to main stream processors.
  • goatfajitas - Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - link

    Just curious, if all you do it "game and use my PC for many standard apps" why do you need more PCI-e lanes?
  • scroogemcduck - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Skip... These are the "Tick" market chips, not the "Tock" market chips. Tick = i7 920 - i7 7980xe, and Tock = i5 2600k - i7 8700k. Never buy the tick market, no matter how impatient you are or how sexy a motherboard may appear... most of you learned a terrible lesson buying the x299 chipset and chips to go with them...

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