Changing its strategy from previous CPU releases, Intel is expected to kick off the 8th Gen rollout by releasing new U-series and Y-series variants destined for laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles and mobile devices. This is a fast-moving market segment hungry for innovation in terms of portable power, lower power consumption and longer battery life.
We can expect to see 8th Gen processors show up in the marketplace in the first quarter of next year. These could include new 6-core Xeon chips destined for data centers and high-performance workstations with multiprocessor arrays. Standard desktop processors should be a part of that release, too, and will carry nomenclature such as Core i7-8000K.
What About 10nm?
Tech watchers have been waiting for Intel 10nm chips for quite some time now. Initial rumors indicated the new, smaller architecture might come as part of Intel’s 8th Gen release, but it was not to be.
Though Intel has not yet officially confirmed a release date, Cannonlake 10nm chips could arrive during the second half of 2018. This is likely to be what Intel calls a fluid release, meaning Cannonlake could be the first series to feature two chip sizes. In this case, the leaner, faster 10nm chips would find their way into enterprise-class hardware as well as high-end mobile devices. The remaining chips would be built on the current 14nm platform.
Intel knows the competition is closing in fast. Qualcomm recently unveiled its Snapdragon 835 chipset. Qualcomm also confirmed that Samsung has started building the new SoC (system on a chip) using its 10nm FinFET process.
For now, 14nm is the best the industry has to offer. The added performance that comes with Intel’s upcoming 8th Gen processors should make a compelling argument for upgrade aging infrastructure. Your clients on the threshold of a big purchase will have no shortage of options to consider.
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