Intel Discuss Whiskey Lake-U, Amber Lake-Y, and ‘Cascade Lake-X’by Ian Cutress on June 5, 2018 2:29 AM EST
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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