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Intel Launches New 8th-Gen Laptop Processors

At IFA, Intel unveils new 8th Generation mobile CPUs

In introducing the new CPUs, Intel says that its goal was to address pain points like low-battery anxiety.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core U-Series Processor includes i7-8565U, i5-8265U, i3-8145U all 15W and they enable four cores with eight threads in mainstream laptops and 2 in 1s. So it is a bit confusing to note that the new additions are, in fact, new generation versions of the U-series and Y-series chips that are aimed at mobile and ultra-mobile computing scenarios.

Ran Senderovitz, VP in the Client Computing Group holds an 8th Gen Intel Core U-series processor wafer.

Because in the very near future, laptops will have these Intel processors inside, and they'll be coming with new features that've not been offered in their respective form factors before.

Intel also promises Whisky Lake CPUs will garner two times better performance, compared to a 5-year-old PC. So your new Whiskey Lake laptop might be able to edit photos "up to 2.9X faster" than your 2013 laptop... but that's not exactly surprising. If you want to play games on the go, then it sounds like these new U-Series chips could last your entire journey without a laptop recharge required.

Hardware makers like Dell, Lenovo, and Asus, are most likely to show off their latest laptops powered by the U-series and Y-series chips at IFA 2018 that will eventually find their way to the market later this fall. They would also provide faster connectivity speeds, data transfer speeds, content creation, office productivity and improved battery performance. Other chips in the Y-series lineup include the i5-8200Y and the m3-8100Y and have a 5W TDP. The most important example is probably the inclusion of Gigabit Wi-Fi with Intel Wireless-AC in thin and light laptops and 2 in 1 machines.

For the Y-series chips, previously codenamed Amber Lake, Intel is likewise supporting Gigabit Wi-Fi support via Intel Wireless-AC, plus Intel Gigabit LTE modems and Modern Standby and eSIM support.

Intel has also added to the new processors an Audio DSP platform, which supports voice services like those of Alexa and Cortana.