After launching its 7th Generation KabyLake processors earlier this year, Intel is back with the iterative upgrade. Today, Intel has announced its 8th generation family of processors and these will also cater to the 15W mobile series. This time around, Intel has focussed on the Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and the 4K content.
The Intel 8th Gen is apparently better in many ways as opposed to its predecessor, to begin with, the new processor offers 40-percent greater productivity and a better battery life. Despite running the same microarchitecture as the 7th generation, the new generation will be getting quad-cores. The resultant of bumping up the cores is a 100% gain in both cores and threads. Thanks to the 15W the performance is expected to be exceedingly well across the entire lineup including Core i5-U and Core i7-U. The Intel 8th Generation family is also supposed to include some of the 10nm products.
Intel will also be upgrading the integrated graphics from the HD 620 to the UHD 620 thus ensuring that the latter is suitable for 4K playback and processing. The browsing experience on the machines is also expected to improve owing to the Intel Speed Shift Technology. The Turbo Boost technology has also received a revamp and apparently the latest Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 controls and power and speed in a much better fashion. Intel will also support Microsoft Windows Modern Standby which lets you wake up the machine without having to wait for the system to startup.
The Intel 8th Gen processors are built with particular attention to the entertainment needs. Apart from the upgraded UHD graphics, the media engine is designed to handle the VP9 and HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration in a much better way. One can also connect to an external graphics dock via the Thunderbolt 3. The new family of Intel processors will also support fingerprint, cameras for Windows Hello and facial recognition. With the Intel Online Connect Technology, one can simply enable two-factor authentication for certain websites. The USB Type-C supports transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps and system charging of up to 100W.
Intel claims that the processors are frugal even while playing 4K content and thanks to the dedicated hardware acceleration the power consumption is reduced drastically. Furthermore, the chips will also boast of HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 support as standard. However thermal management is going to be delicate especially since some of the processors will be fitted into fan-less ultrabooks.