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Intel 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" Core Processor Overview

By: Steven Bassiri | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 1:00 pm

The Preliminary Lineup




Intel did tease some of its Y-Series processors for ultra-mobile products. The Y series SoCs will run 2/4 cores/threads with modest base clocks and huge boost frequencies. They will all support DDR3L or LPDDR3, and will be priced much like their Skylake counterparts.





The i7-7500U will be Intel's top model, for the time being, replacing the i7-6500U found in many mobile devices. It will support a 3.5GHz Turbo over the i7-6500U's 3.1GHz. An i5-7200U and i3-7100U will replace their 6th generation counterparts. These U-series CPUs will support DDR3L, LPDDR3, and DDR4.




Since both Y and U-series processors are system-on-chip (SoC); the platform controller hub (PCH) is integrated off-die yet on-package. Premium series will support up to six USB 3.0 ports, and even up to 10 or 12 PCI-E 3.0 lanes for Y and U series. There is also support for up to four SATA 6Gb/s ports for premium series SoCs. Baseline U-series SoCs will feature up to four USB 3.0 ports, two SATA6Gb/s port, and up to 10 PCI-E 2.0 lanes.




We have only seen the beginning of Kaby Lake, and I hope we have only seen the beginning of Intel's integrated graphics performance improvements. We haven't heard details about improvements to Intel's Iris line of integrated graphics; hopefully, some improvements to the slice will be included to offer improved gaming performance over Skylake's 6th generation processor graphics.


For mobile devices, Intel's Kaby Lake 7th generation of Core processors should bring huge battery life gains and overall improved performance from the frequency boosts made possible by the 14nm+ process.


I am a little disappointed that Intel decided to hold off on all Kaby Lake details, especially regarding the desktop parts, but at least you should be able to grab a notebook with a 7th generation core processor during the holiday season. There's more to come on the subject.

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