Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Intel launches new processors with better and faster connectivity speeds

Intel launches new processors with better and faster connectivity speeds

Chip maker Intel has announced its new U and Y series 8th generation Intel core processor dubbed as Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake respectively. Both Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake chips, U and Y series, are designed for improved battery life and faster Wi-Fi.

The company claims that these new chipsets will have up to 12 times faster connectivity speeds and two times the performance compared to a five-year-old PC.

Consumers can download their shows and movies in under a minute, create, edit and share 4K/360 video content 6.5-times faster. Intel hopes the new 8th gen Core U- and Y-Series mobile processors will significantly add to this number. The U-series processors support 2133MHz LPDDR3 and 2400MHz DDR, while the Y-series clock in at 1866MHz LPDDR3.

Intel further notes that the new processors deliver incredible performance in power-efficient platforms.

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The new integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi should be a real bonus for road warriors, for which these ultrathin fanless devices will be targeted. These builds were said to deliver "balance for mobility" and "incredible performance" somehow in the same package - aimed at "super thing-and-light devices" that'll also have "fast Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity" to boot.

Previously known under the codenames "Whiskey Lake" and "Amber Lake", laptops and 2-in-1s powered by the U-series and Y-series chips should arrive this Autumn, Intel said - expect laptops and their prices to start showing up this week at the IFA show in Berlin.

More importantly, although these new CPUs don't offer any new integrated graphics hardware, Intel says the overall efficiency of these chips, especially compared to the laptops of a few years ago, will offer smoother pen and inking performance and near-real-time 4K video rendering. In the U-series, we find three SKUs, the i7-8565U and i5-8265U both with four cores and eight threads, as well as a i3-8145U with two cores and four threads. The U-series CPUs support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

Ultra-sleek, thin-and-light designs less than 7 millimeters thick and lighter than 1 pound for use at home, in the office and on-the-go.

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