Intel is pacing up its upgrade cycle as it announced its new 8th generation of processors on Monday. Notably it is only for the U-series of processors which go in notebooks and 2-in-1 devices.
The 8th-generation chips are going to be a mix of both. The ones that have been announced includes the same Kaby Lake architecture (built on the 14nm+ architecture), but future releases in the new generation will offer the upcoming 14++ Coffee Lake and 10nm Cannon Lake technologies.
According to Intel, the newly announced chips will provide up to a 40 percent boost in overall computing power. Apart from that, it can handle 4K video, VR, 3D, and all the latest technologies launched in the past few years. It also allows up to 10 hours of 4K video playback, and up to 48 percent faster photo editing.
This is thanks to Intel’s new Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 which can dynamically increase the processor’s frequency whenever required. It does so by making use of the thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits.
While the base clock speeds of the processors are much lower than the last generation, the updated turbo boost 2.0 technology allows the chipsets to be both more powerful going up to 4.0GHz without compromising on efficiency.
The improvement in power is mostly due to the new chips getting two extra cores and all four 8th-gen models offering four cores and eight threads. To improve speeds further, there have also been improvements in the design and manufacturing process. The first devices with the new 8th generation i5 and i7 processors will arrive next month.