Intel has announced six new U-series (Whiskey Lake) and Y-series (Amber Lake) chipsets, expanding its 8th generation core processor family. These new processors are optimized for performance of thin and light laptops and 2-in-1s.
The new range of CPUs are expected to deliver better battery life and connectivity but will remain under the 8th generation lineup.
The U-series chipsets bring integrated support for USB 3.1 (Gen 2) along with Gigabit Wi-Fi via a new platform controller. It also includes an improved DSP designed keeping in mind the requirements of voice assistants. On the battery front, the U-series is said to deliver up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The U Series will see three new models, based on the ‘Whiskey Lake’ architecture. There is a Core i3-8145U that packs in two cores with Hyper-Threading running between 2.1 GHz and 3.9 GHz along with 4 MB cache.
Next up, is the Core i5-8265U with four cores and Hyper-Threading running between 1.6 GHz and 3.9 GHz packing in 6 MB cache. At the very top is the Core i7-8565U with four cores and a total of eight threads running between 1.8 GHz and 4.66 GHz packing in 8 MB cache.
As for the Y-series chipsets, the focus is again on power efficiency. There is a dual core, Core m3-8100Y with speeds between 1.1 GHz and 3.4 GHz. A Core i5-8200Y with cores running between 1.3 GHz and 3.9 GHz and finally a Core i7-8500Y with speeds between 1.5 GHz and 4.2 GHz.
The new chipsets are expected to make their first appearances at the ongoing IFA taking place in Berlin.
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