Intel’s 8th generation Core processors are due to be released in the second half of 2017. The marketing name for this generation of Intel processors will be Coffee Lake. These would be branded as the Core i7/i5/i3-8000 series.
Surprisingly, these chips will also be built on the 14-nanometer process. The 14 nm process is the same one used in the 5th generation Broadwell, 6th generation Skylake and 7th generation Kaby Lake processors. That will mark use of the 14 nm process in four consecutive generations of Intel processors. Just for the record, Broadwell chips were first released in 2014.
Cannon Lake, the 10 nm chip form Intel, was showed off by the company at CES last month. This chip is also expected to chip later on in the year. Intel is believed to be targeting Cannon Lake at more premium niche markets such as low-power ultrabooks, leaving the well-established 14 nm process powering Coffee Lake for mainstream notebooks and desktops until the 10 nm Cannon Lake comes fully up to speed.
From the look of things, it is clear that Intel is doing away with the “tick-tock” strategy of upgrading their processors. Under the tick-tock Intel chip upgrades strategy, the company introduced a new processor with one generation and a new architecture with the next.
The company claims that these new chips will manage another 15 percent performance improvement over their predecessors the Kaby Lake processors. Which in turn it claims they offer 15 percent performance improvement over Skylake processors. As of now, Intel has not divulged more details of what the Coffee Lake processors can accomplish. When the chips are finally ready, they will first be available to enterprise users before making their way to consumers.
AMD is also set to release the Ryzen CPU’s in March this year. The Ryzen CPU’s will feature eight cores and 16 threads in the top end part. The six and quad-core processors will come with the rest of the line.