Intel has announced more details of its long-awaited eighth-generation architecture chips at the consumer elexctronics event IFA 2107 in Berlin.
Chipsets sporting the new architecture were not available for inspection by the press (those on display were a 'Kaby Lake refresh' with an architecture called 14nm+, rather than the new Coffee Lake 10nm models). Despite this, Intel was keen to push the claimed 40 per cent performance improvement that it has made over existing Kaby Lake chips by adding extra cores, threads and frequency.
The new processors reach clock speeds of 500MHz, says the firm. This could be just the thing to add some poke to an aging machine.
Chris Walker, a VP at Intel, made the point that five years ago, 4k was only just appearing on the market and Oculus was still in its Kickstarter funding round. Today, many laptops support 4k and VR, but there are still about 450 million PCs in use that are more than five years old.
It was also five years ago that Intel introduced the 'thin and light' ultrabook form factor at IFA, taking the average notebook down from 35mm thickness to just 10mm.
This year, Intel's IFA presence will again be dedicated to laptops, with its U Series processors. The desktop-class S Series will be launched "in the fall" (privately clarified as meaning autumn/winter time). The firm says that 2018 will be all about business and high performance (gaming) models, as well as some units "as thin as a tablet, with the power of a desktop."
Unfortunately V3 can't discuss the products we saw since they were all under NDA. However, we can say that the examples of eighth-gen processors at work were impressive, speeding up the processor-intensive task of video processing and rendering from minutes to seconds. This will be "great for all the amateur drone and action cam footage coming in now," according to Walker.
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