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Intel launches Kaby Lake, 7th-gen Core processor focuses on 4K

Intel today launched its “7th generation Core” line-up which is codenamed Kaby Lake. While it’s not a huge jump from the Skylake processors (considering it’s already the 3rd chip introduced on the 14nm process), Kaby Lake will have improved support for 4K, 360 videos and AR/VR applications thru its integrated GPU.

Kaby Lake’s integrated GPUs will have hardware-accelerated decoding/encoding of 10-bit HEVC/H.265 video streams. This means the load is shifted from the CPU to the GPU much like how NVidia’s CUDA works with video encoding.


Over-all performance improvement is just incremental with about 12-19% boost compared to the Skylake equivalent with almost similar performance improvements in the GPU (Intel HD Graphics 615 and HD Graphics 620).

The batch starts with an Intel Core m3-7Y30 with a base clock of 1.0GHz and Turbo Boost of 2.6GHz. That’s a slight increase on clock speed from current Skylake CPUs (while retaining the 4.5W TDP) in ultra thin laptops currently in the market. The fastest is an Intel Core i7-7Y75 with a base clock speed of 1.3GHz and Turbo Boost of 3.6GHz. All new CPUs will be dual-core with 4 threads but with DDR3 RAM support only.

The Kaby Lake processors will start rolling out this Q3 (September) and should be available in over 100 devices.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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