THE Intel it may have some problems with advancing its chip technology – and others, hypothetical, in the arduous task of convincing Apple to continue with its processors in the long term. In a more immediate perspective, however, the company is fulfilling what is expected of the largest processor manufacturer in the world. Proof of this is this new batch of chips presented yesterday.
The eighth generation processors from U series (“Whiskey Lake”) and Y series (“Amber Lake”) are designed especially for thin and light laptops – the former for more powerful and expensive machines, and the latter for entry-level computers or tablets. In other words, it is very likely that we will see the new creations in future MacBooks (or MacBooks Air, as the rumors claim).
One of the biggest news of the new chips is the support, in the whole line, to Gigabit Wi-Fi networks, with much higher connection speeds; all processors also accept eSIMs if manufacturers use Intel’s own Gigabit LTE modems on the same machine. In addition, we have built-in support for second generation USB 3.1 ports and voice services such as Alexa or Cortana.
Unfortunately, none of the new models support the new LPDDR4 RAM standard, which means that 32GB of memory is out of the pack for these machines (unless the manufacturer chooses to use conventional DDR4 memories, as Apple did on MacBooks Pro – the which is unlikely on cheaper machines).
The 15W U series features processors that rotate between 1.6GHz base speed with up to 4.6GHz Turbo Boost; one of the models has two cores with four threads, while the others have four cores with eight threads. The Y series, more modest, features 5W processors that allow the construction of computers up to 7mm (!) Thick and dual-core processors with four threads.
THE AnandTech listed all models in the chart below:
It’s good to note that none of the processors bring architectural changes – despite the different names, they are all still part of the architecture “Kaby Lake”, 14 nanometers (yes, this Intel name structure is a very strange fruit salad).
According to Intel, laptops and hybrids equipped with the new chips will start to appear on the market in the autumn of the northern hemisphere – that is, we can expect them already in the coming months. Is Apple taking advantage of this? Let’s wait.