Intel Updates the Core Range to Gen 8

Intel released its latest chip family, the 8th generation of Intel Core processors. The new chips are claimed to have 40% more performance than the previous 7th generation chips and double the performance of five year old PCs – the class of machine that many users (>450 million) have. As usual, the full range of the 8th generation chips will roll out over a period and starts with mobile processors for ultrabooks and 2 in 1 convertible PCs. The company claims that systems with the latest chips can support 10 hours of UltraHD video playback.

There are particular advantages over old PCs in video processing and Intel said that a video render that would have taken 45 minutes on a five year old PC would take just 3 minutes on a new one. The company also said that the new processors will be better for mixed or augmented reality.

The new chips will start to come to market in September and Intel said it already has 145 wins over time, 80 in the market by the holiday period.

Analyst Comment

Some of the improvements come from more cores and depend on multi-threaded software and the first chips will be based on the Kaby Lake architecture made with a 14nm process. It gets tougher and tougher to keep Moore’s Law going. (BR)