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Intel’s 7th-Gen of Core Family ‘Kaby Lake’ now Commercialized

Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake processor

Intel’s seventh generation chips christened Kaby Lake is now been globally marketed to manufacturers. The successor of the sixth generation Skylake also integrates the same 14nm process and adds native USB 3.1 Generation 2 support, bringing full 10 Gbps speeds to the protocol.

The earlier processors, including Skylake, had required a discrete controller chip for faster protocol, with the 2016 12-inch Mackbook still being limited to 5Gbps with the inclusion of USB 3.1 Generation 1.

According to Appleinsider reports, Stacy Smith, the Chief Financial Officer, Intel has noted that the yields of the new processors were quite good in the first quarter. However, they went on to be better in Q2 too, which led to the release of the latest Kaby Lake processor to the manufacturers.

What to know?

  • The 7th generation Kaby Lake processor has been integrated with support for 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3, which would use the same connector as USB 3.1 type C, along with the ability to use “passive” cabling for 10Gbps speed.
  • Thunderbolt 3 comes with sufficient bandwidth so as to drive a pair of 4K display at 60Hz, containing HDMI 2.0 along with a DisplayPort 1.2.
  • It is also being expected that Kaby Lake will be integrated with graphic speed improvements.
  • The Kaby Lake will come with five classes of processors — two classes for mobile and tablets and one for laptops and two spanning servers, high-power workstations and desktops.

Kaby Lake is the seventh generation of the Core family of processors, and the first released after the processor development philosophy shift. It is the third processor using the 14nm process, developed first for the fifth generation Broadwell.

The only Apple laptop computer with the sixth generation Skylake processor is the 2016 12-inch MacBook.

More information on the development are expected to be revealed at forthcoming Intel’s Annual Development Forum (IDF) which is all set to kick-off on August 16 in San Francisco, CA.

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