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Intel Whiskey and Amber Lake show up in notebooks

by on29 August 2018

14nm with better battery and connectivity

Intel has officially introduced 8th generation Whiskey Lake U-series and codename Amber Lake Y-series parts, and some of the notebooks have already started to show up at the IFA 2018 show in Berlin.

We already wrote about the new Intel 8th generation Whiskey Lake U-series and Amber Lake Y-series parts in detail earlier but now we got more details on where Intel is going with these parts as well as how some of the first OEM notebooks look and feel.

The Whiskey Lake U-series SKUs are a 15W TDP parts while the other fits the magical 5W TDP range and we had a chance to see a few systems and interesting form-factors at the press event Intel held last night in Berlin, prior to the IFA 2018 trade show.

The new 14nm architecture is optimized for connectivity in thin and light laptops as well as 2-in-1s promising great performance and battery life. We ended up chatting with Joshua D. Newman, a general manager of the 2-in-1 segment in mobility client platforms and he highlighted that Intel plays big on connectivity, high-performance WiFi, while it thrives in enabling interesting form factors and 15-inch notebook with 15W TDP CPU in about 900 grams. This is what this new generation is all about.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core U-Series Processor includes i7-8565U, i5-8265U, i3-8145U all 15W and they enable four cores with eight threads in mainstream laptops and 2 in 1s. Games such as World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and “World of Tanks work too.

Intel 8th Gen Mobile 1 800x800Ran Senderovitz, VP in the Client Computing Group holds an 8th Gen Intel Core U-series processor wafer.

The Core Y-series, aka. Amber Lake

The 8th Gen Intel Core Y-Series Processor - previously codenamed Amber Lake - comes with i7-8500Y, i5-8200Y, m3-8100Y. The first 8th Gen Intel Core i7, i5, and m3 (Y-series) processors are balanced for mobility and deliver performance in a 5W no fan form factor while still supporting fast WiFi and LTE.

Intel is focusing on Gigabit wireless speed up to 1600 Mbps, eSIM, and Intel Gigabit LTE modem support. The new Y processor enables thin and light designs in less than seven millimeters thin and lighter than one pound for use at home or in the office or on the go.

“The new 8th Gen Intel Core processors extend once again our leadership in delivering exceptional performance. Now with Gigabit Wi-Fi, we’ve enabled faster PC connectivity, added more intuitive voice experiences and enabled longer battery life needed for the next wave of mobile computing”, said Chris Walker, vice president of the Client Computing Group and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platform.

Plenty of notebooks to see with new 8th gen U- and Y-series parts

As noted, Intel had quite a few notebooks at the event, including some from Acer and Dell. We snapped a few pictures and played around with these notebooks, and we must say that it will be interesting to see how far OEMs will take this thin-and-light concept. 

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