At a press event in Berlin just before the opening of the giant IFA fair, Intel announced two new members of its 8th generation Core family of CPUs. The U series and Y series, formerly the code name Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, are designed for lightweight laptops and 2-in-1 running windows respectively. Intel's hardware partners are expected to uncover systems built around the new discs later this week, after the IFA officially opened.
Three new CPUs are available in the U Series, which runs at 15 W. The I7-8565U has a base clock speed of 1
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The Y Series is designed for much lower power consumption with a TDW TDP of 5W. All Three new processors are dual-core design: i7-8500Y, with a base clock speed of 1.5 GHz and a maximum frequency of 4.2 GHz; i5-8200Y, running at 1.3 GHz (base) and 3.9 GHz (max); and a m3-8100Y, at 1.1 GHz (base) and 3.4 GHz (max.).
More important than these speeds and feeds, however, new features are included in the silicon of all the new CPUs. Gigabit Wi-Fi (Wireless-AC 160 MHz) is most remarkable, with OEMs no longer need to include separate modules for this feature. Intel claims that the wireless connection with the right network infrastructure can be downloaded by 12 times the speed of today's wireless network. LTE options are also available.
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Intel also boasts that its low power design will translate into noticeably better battery life. On reference systems, it claims to have measured "up to 16 hours of battery life" with some power-saving configurations that can last for 19 hours. It is unlikely that real achievements will come anywhere near these figures, of course, but these numbers can surely translate to the lifetime of the whole day.
An exciting addition to both series is onboard sound card that enables you to "wake up on voice" capabilities. Intel says it plans to work with OEMs to send systems using this feature, with both Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana backed. The U Series CPUs support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.
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Because Intel has already delivered some 8th generation mobile parts without the flashy Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake features, these new CPUs have the potential to to cause some customer confusion. In a somewhat clunky move, Intel has added an "Optimized for Connectivity" line to the logo of each new family to distinguish it from its predecessors.
In its launch, Intel threw out a flood of statistics that emphasizes the performance edge as its newest mobile processors want over five year old PCs. A reference PC built using one of the new U Series CPUs, for example, made a 4K video 6.5X faster than its predecessor, Intel said and handled Adobe Lightroom edits at 2.9X speed.
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Of course, the CPU was not the only difference between the two comparison systems. The five-year-old Toshiba notebook used to compare ran Windows 8.1, and had a hard drive of 5400 RPM instead of an SSD, and only 4GB of RAM instead of 16GB in the modern reference signal. 19659005] But the real point of this comparison is another statistic of Intel executives thrown out during the launch: Over 450 million PCs around the world are over five years and are still running. Whether new hardware can convince inexpensive PC owners to trade with the very good, a bit slow old PCs is a question only Intel's hardware partners can answer.
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