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Intel launches higher core count Y and U-Series 8th Gen Processors
Today Intel launches their new Y and U-series mobile 8th generation processors, with more cores than previous generation Y and U-series processors. These new processors chime in at 15W and 5W TDPs, which is why they are targeted towards ultra-portable devices such as ultra-thin notebooks. In the U-series, we find three SKUs, the i7-8565U and i5-8265U both with four cores and eight threads, as well as a i3-8145U with two cores and four threads. Cache sizes go up by 2MB starting at 4MB for the i3 SKU up to 8MB for the i7. The crazy thing here is that the i7 turbos to 4.6GHz while the i5 and i3 go up to 3.9GHz. The Y-series SKUs include the i7-8500Y, the i5-8200Y, and the m3-8100Y and they are all two core four thread processors. The i7 turbos to 4.2GHz while the i5 goes up to 3.9GHz and the m3 goes to 3.4GHz. The U-series processors support 2133MHz LPDDR3 and 2400MHz DDR, while the Y-series clock in at 1866MHz LPDDR3.
There are new additions to the architecture, most notably very fast integrated WIFI support, USB 3.1 gen 2, and support for Optane memory. The new WIFI and USB 3.1 gen 2 (10Gbps) are the same as the desktop counterparts, with the WIFI going up to 1.73Gbps on the 160MHz band. The new Whiskey Lake-U CPUs are connected to the PCH through the OPI (on package DMI), and they are on the same package. There is also an updated quad-core digital signal processor which acts as the audio processor, so voice recognition and such are supported and improved. We are excited to see what vendors will do with these new processors, and with the higher core counts things should get interesting!