Intel is still rolling out 7th-gen Core chips based on its 14nm “Kaby Lake” architecture, and will continue to do so into 2017. But the company is also expected to roll out next-gen processors based on two different chip families in late 2017 and early 2018: Cannon Lake and Coffee Lake.
The former is expected to be the first set of Intel chips manufactured on a 10nm process, but the first Cannon Lake chips are expected to be low-power 5.2 watt and 15 watt chips for laptops, tablets, and other devices where energy efficiency is a key priority.
Coffee Lake chips for mobile devices, meanwhile, are 14nm chips that are coming in early 2018 and they’re expected to come in 15 watt, 28 watt, and 45 watt variants. Desktop versions are likely to have even higher TDPs. And now BenchLife.info has uncovered some additional details about the upcoming Coffee Lake chips.
Intel is expected to release Coffee Lake-U and Coffee Lake-H series chips for laptops and other mobile devices, as well as Coffee Lake-S and X series processors for desktops.
One of the most intriguing changes it the addition of 6-core processors in the Coffee Lake-X, S, and H series processors, potentially in an attempt to better compete with rival AMD’s upcoming Zen chips (which will be available with up to 8 CPU cores).
The Coffee Lake-U chips which are the ones most likely to be used for the thin-and-light computers we tend to focus on at Liliputing, will likely comes in dual-core and quad-core variants and feature 15 watt and 28 watt TDPs, much like their Kaby Lake (and Skylake before that) counterparts. So expect any performance boosts to focus on improvements to graphics, memory, and other technologies.