Intel to Announce 8th Generation Coffee Lake Processors in 2017


Intel has announced that the Intel 8th Gen Core Processors, codenamed Coffee Lake would be released in the second half of this year. The 8th Gen Core Processors were due for launch in 2018 which has been preponed by the company.

On its Investor Day, the company declared that just like Skylake, Broadwell and Kaby Lake the 8th Gen chips would also be based on 14nm process. Intel was tight-lipped about the 10nm Cannonlake chips when they spoke about their next generation CPU’s.

In fact, they also announced that they had let go of their “Tick-Tock” approach. Every “tick” was meant to represent a die shrink whereas every “tock” would represent a fresh microarchitecture. This was substituted by a three-phase model of “Process, Architecture, Optimization.”  Coffee Lake seems to have replaced this three-phase model as well. If seen technically the Kaby Lake is “optimization” to the “Architecture” of Skylake and the “Process” for Broadwell which makes the 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors on 14nm as a variance.

However, Intel still assures that Coffee Lake will give a 15% boost in performance over its predecessor. Whether the boost is meant for desktop or mobile chips is yet to be disclosed.

The complete details of the 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors are yet to be unveiled. One can expect a six core CPU as a part of i7 processors. Currently, Intel offers more than four cores in the Extreme and Xeon ranges.

The Coffee Lake chips will be competing with AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPUs that will be released this March. Ryzen is rumored to have eight cores and sixteen threads in its top-end part, with quad-core and six versions making up the rest of the line. Prices for Ryzen are yet to be revealed.

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The highly awaited Cannon Lake CPU’s that would be based on 10nm process are nowhere on the release list. But as soon as they are available in the market the enterprise users would grab them even before the customers can put it to their use. The company also foresaw the market and said that the future process would be more fluid which means the 14nm chipsets would be seen hanging for longer than we actually thought.

The 10nm chips that the consumers are expecting are surely not going to come from Intel instead Samsung and Qualcomm will be flaunting it. The forthcoming Snapdragon 835 SoC will be crafted on Samsung’s 10nm process, enabling a 30% smaller die size and a claimed 40% decrease in power consumption. Although no devices using the Snapdragon 835 have been released yet, but the chips are in production and are guaranteed to arrive in the first half of this year. It looks like Samsung has been saving it for their upcoming Galaxy S8.

Intel said that they would not be using the 10nm chips presently but will adopt a more fluid style of production, and you will get it when it is a ready approach.

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