Solar eclipse sheds some light on Intel’s 8th generation

Intel 8th generation

Posted by Geoff Undrell on: in: News

Aligning their launch in time with the solar eclipse, Intel released the first round of information surrounding their 8th generation core processors last month. Teasing out the anticipation for Coffee Lake, it was revealed that the latest laptop and desktop chipsets will instead be based on Kaby Lake architecture, with the promise of Coffee and Cannonlake still to come in the near future.

Karen Regis of Intel’s Mobility Group claims that their 8th generation will house their “most powerful technology to date”, the Kaby Lake Refresh and Coffee Lake CPUs maintaining a 14nm architecture with Cannonlake ushering in a new era of 10nm chips.

While only the laptop and notebook specs for the 8th gen were officially discussed during the livestreamed launch, we can still draw a number of conclusions as to what we can expect from the Commercial and Enterprise editions.

Here’s what the first instalment of the 8th gen processors will be bringing to the table:

  • 40% performance over previous Kaby Lake architecture
  • 4K content playback
  • UHD 620 graphics
  • Support for Windows 10
  • Quad-core processor
  • Virtual and mixed reality capabilities

Though we can’t say for certain how these features will translate to the Commercial line-up of the CPUs, what is clear is that the 8th gen will be a significant step up in terms of performance from previous Intel generations, offering a faster, better, and simpler experience.

We’ll have to wait until later in the autumn for a proper glimpse at the products for Enterprise, but until then we’ll be keeping an eye out for any more news on Coffee Lake and readying our products for the onset of the 8th gen CPUs.

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