Intel’s next-gen processors have begun shipping, which means we should start seeing notebooks and other computers powered by the 7th-gen Intel Core series processors soon.
Code-named “Kaby Lake,” the new chips will be manufactured using a 14nm process, much like the 5th and 6th-gen “Broadwell” and “Skylake” processors before them, but Intel says the new processors feature optimizations that should offer better performance.
Up until now, Intel has been releasing chips on a Tick-Tock schedule, which means moving to a smaller process with every other chip release. Broadwell was the Tick, and Skylake was a Tock, featuring updated chip architecture and improved graphics.
But it’s taken longer than anticipated to move from 14nm to 10nm, so earlier this year Intel announced it was moving from Tick-Tock to Process->Architecture->Optimization.
Asus has already announced plans to release a 12.6 inch tablet powered by a Kaby Lake processor, and it’s likely we’ll see a number of other devices powered by Intel’s new chips in the coming months.
Expect to hear a lot more about Kaby lake at the Intel Developers Forum event in mid-August and the IDF consumer electronics show in early-September.