Intel Officially Rolls Out Kaby Lake Chips for Laptops, 2-in-1s
The company said the 7th Generation Core processors will bring performance and efficiency gains and features for such applications as VR and PC games.Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the company's annual developer show earlier this month showed off systems running on the vendor's upcoming "Kaby Lake" processors and said products powered by the chips would hit the market later this year. On Aug. 30 Intel officials took another step in that direction, officially rolling out the 7th Generation Core processors, the third iteration of silicon built on the chip maker's 14nm process. The processors, which earlier last year weren't even on the product road map, are now part of what the company calls its "tick-tock-optimize" chip cadence. The company for years had driven development of its processors on a tick-tock schedule, with new microarchitectures being introduced in the "tick" year—such as the move to 14nm with the "Broadwell" processors—and enhancements for improved performance and power efficiency coming in the "tock" years, as with the introduction of the current 14nm "Skylake" last year. "Cannonlake," the first of Intel's 10nm processors, initially was due out this year. However, manufacturing challenges associated with the 10nm processors convinced Intel officials to delay the release of Cannonlake until next year and to introduce a third 14nm processor—Kaby Lake—this year.
While Kaby Lake essentially shares the same microarchitecture as the 6th Generation Skylake, it comes with enhancements that will help drive performance and energy efficiency gains and make it a key technology for what company officials are calling the "immersive internet." That includes everything from powering virtual reality applications with headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Hive to running 4K ultra high-definition video.