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Intel's newest 8 year old Core processors focus on improving Wi-Fi speeds

IFA 2018 is here, and to continue with the wealth of new laptops that are likely to be announced over the next few days, Intel takes the package from its newest 8-generation processors. There are three new Whiskey Lake U Series chips (Intel's medium sized laptops), and for the first time there are three 8-gen Amber Lake Y series processors.

Although Intel still uses the same underlying architecture as its former processors, which apparently makes these new chips a "8.5-line" line, at least when the U-Series models concern – the major change that the company emphasizes is integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi support. Intel promises that this should result in dramatically faster internet speeds, especially clear on the cheaper, mid-range laptops that may not have been able to offer such speeds before.

Also added to the new Y series and the U series chips are embedded support for virtual assistants like Cortana and Alexa. So you should expect the digital assistants to come across multiple laptops in the near future.

Although the Y Series chips should be easily identifiable (they are the first 8th generation in this class), the U Series Whiskey Lake models may be harder to see since Intel already sells last year's Kaby Lake R chips under the same 8th generation label. The trick will be to look for a new "Optimized for Connectivity" code that indicates you get the latest and best.

The new U Series Whiskey Lake Chip offers two-core, four-wire i3-U145U model clocked at 2.1GHz (which can be increased to 3.9GHz), quad-core, eight-wire i5- 8265U clocked at 1.6 GHz (at an accelerated speed of 3.9 GHz), and quad-core, eight-wire i7-8565U, clocked at 1.8 GHz (at an increased speed of 4.6 GHz). The Y Series Amber Lake chips are less powerful and all offer dual-core / four-thread configurations ranging from 1.1 GHz (boosted to 3.4GHz) at m3-8100Y to 1.3GHz (boosted to two 3.9GHz) on i5-8200Y to 1.5GHz (enhanced to 4.2GHz) at the top i7-8500Y.

To be ready, it's not Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake chips that have been expected for some time, nor are they the 9-gb chips that the company is expected to launch for desktop on October 1st.

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