Based on Intel’s latest road map the 7th generation of processors are arriving earlier than expected . Trusted sources claim that the first set of “Kaby Lake” processors will be ready for delivery by December 2016 and the first set of “quality samples” will be ready by October 2016. The road map also confirms that the first set of Kaby lake processors will appear at CES-2017.
(Intel’s Kaby Lake Road Map)
There is not much of a difference in the architectural point of view as the processors will be similar to the existing “Broadwell” and “Skylake” architectures. The CPU’s are claimed to be manufactured in a 14 nm process . Counting similarities the new Kabylake processors will fit in the same socket as the existing Skylake processors i.e LGA-1151 and even though Intel will be releasing 200 series chipsets for motherboards the Kabylake processors will be compatible with the existing motherboards with the existing 100 series chipsets (with a bios update though) . The main difference here is the implementation of a new duo-core (not to be confused with dual-core) technology. To explain this duo-core technology lets take an example of a Quad Core processor, A quad core processor using this technology will have 4+2 cores where the 4 Cores belong to the CPU and the remaining 2 Cores belong to the GPU. Its clear that Intel is trying to Improve in the GPU department where it has been struggling for years.
The Kabylake processors are divided into Kaby Lake-U , Kaby Lake-Y , Kaby Lake-H and Kaby Lake-S . KabyLake-U , KabyLake-Y and KabyLake-H belong to the Mobile Sku department whereas KabyLake-S belongs to the mainstream PC Sku department . All processors from the U and Y series are 2+2 dual core , the processors from H series are 4+2 Quad cores and the desktop S series processors will have both 2+2 dual cores and 4+2 quad cores. It is expected that the desktop class i3 processors will be 2+2 dual cores with hyper threading and the i5 and i7 processors are expected to be 4+2 Quad cores where the i7 supports hyper threading.
Talking about enhancements, there are a few major enhancements at play,
1, Increased Per Core Performance
2, Enhanced BCLK overclocking
3, Support for 5K@60HZ
4, Support for Intel Optane(TM) Technology i.e. Optane SSDs
5, Thunderbollt(TM) 3
6, Intel Ready Mode Technology and
7, Intel Real Sense technology
8, Enhanced Graphics with HDCP 2.2 Support.
The power limit of the processors are not yet confirmed but most likely will remain the same.
Kaby lake is another step in Intel’s “Process-Architecture-Optimization” technology which started with Skylake being an optimized Broadwell . The Shear power of Intel’s next gen processors are yet to be known, To know more in Intel’s Kaby Lake and other tech info be sure to catch us up at Dotdashes.com. For now just peace out.