Gone are the days when Intel’s new chips firmly stuck to the tick-tock method, which basically meant that there would be a new processor with one generation and a new architecture with the next. The company has now confirmed that its upcoming 8th generation of processors is going to stick with the 14 nanometer process for the fourth time in a row. Intel is expected to launch its 8th generation Core processors in the second half of this year.
Intel hasn’t revealed a lot of details about the 8th generation Core processors at this point in time but does claim that they will provide an additional 15 percent performance gain like it did with the current 7th generation Core processors last year.
A report by AnandTech points out that the upcoming refresh might be focused more on the low-voltage Y and U series processors that are primarily used in very thin and light notebooks. We saw the company do this with its 7th generation processors in the second half of 2016 as well but this is something which Intel hasn’t confirmed so far.
It was previously reported that Intel’s 10nm Skylake processors have been delayed and when they do arrive, it’s not like there’s going to be a rapid shift to the new technology. Intel does say that future process uses will be “fluid” depending on the segment they’re after and it’s very likely that the Xeon series that’s meant for data centers is prioritized for 10nm chips.
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