Intel's Kaby Lake Chips Designed to Drive Thinner, Lighter PCs

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-09-01

Intel this week unveiled its 7th Generation Core processors—known by the code-name Kaby Lake—which executives said will drive the development of PCs for what they are calling the "immersive internet," where systems can better run such apps as virtual reality (VR), high-end gaming and 4K ultra-high-definition 360-degree video. The new chips, which will begin appearing in systems later this year, offer incremental improvements from the current 6th Generation Skylake processors, but the real comparison comes against systems that are five years old or older, of which there are hundreds of millions still in use. Against those PCs, systems powered by Kaby Lake will be 1.7 times faster at traditional processing jobs, three times faster running high-end 3D games, 8.6 times faster at creating and sharing 4K 360-degree video and 15 times faster at creating video in near-real time. Intel is making a high-profile pivot away from PCs and toward such growth areas as the cloud, internet of things (IoT), data centers and VR, but client systems—particularly such PCs as two-in-ones and convertibles—are the devices on which many of the emerging apps will run.


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