Intel — Announces Kaby Lake Processor Details

Intel has announced details for Kaby Lake CPUs which promises improved power consumption, functionality and 4K video handling

Intel showed today that it’s continuing to pursue the goal, with the full release of its 7th Generation Core processing platform, code-named “Kaby Lake,”.   Kaby Lake’s debut focuses on devices at the lower end of the power spectrum, with the introduction of a new range of processors using between 4.5 and 15 watts. The chips will be available in laptop computers and Intel-driven mobile devices beginning this fall. The processors will come to enterprise, workstation, desktop, and enthusiast notebook systems by January 2017.

The variation of the process used in Kaby Lake is something Intel calls “14nm+”, which boasts an improved fin profile and transistor channel strain. Intel claims that the chips represent a power efficiency improvement of as high as 25 percent over Skylake processors, and that they may deliver up to 12 percent increased productivity performance and up to 19 percent increased Web performance.

Much of Intel’s push around Kaby Lake centered on comparisons to PCs that are five years old, what the company considers the standard upgrade window. Its press materials offer that Kaby Lake chips are 1.7 times faster at basic processing, for example, and are three times better when playing high-end 3D games at 1,920-by-1,080 resolution.