Intel’s Next Gen Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake Processors To Launch By the End of Q2 2016
During their press conference at Computex 2016, Intel announced the Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake series of processors. The company revealed that production of their next generation of processors based on these platforms has begun, and that they plan to release products to the market later this quarter.
In addition to this, Intel said its Optane memory technology is on track to be launched by the end of the year.
Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processors will succeed the company’s 6th gen Skylake processor family. Based on the 14nm process technology, Kaby Lake processors will pack in some serious threading power with a typical desktop processor featuring four cores, and thermal design power (TDP) of up to 95 watts.
Further, processors based on the Kaby Lake platform will support native USB 3.1, HDCP 2.2, Thunderbolt 3, LGA 1151 socket, and Intel’s “game-changing” Optane technology.
Kaby Lake won’t follow Intel’s usual Tick-Tock strategy though. The company has already said good bye to this format in favor of a completely new, three-step strategy called “Process, Architecture and Optimization.”
Under this PAO strategy, the first year marks the arrival of a new processor node, followed by a new architecture, while in the third year, Intel would be optimizing both the process and architecture for the final release on that process.
Based on this 3-step model, Kaby Lake will be an optimized Skylake architecture still on the 14nm process, but will have a “more optimized” microarchitecture.
Coming to the Apollo Lake processors, they will be a more affordable version of the current Skylake chips, but promise better performance and graphics in their Celeron and Pentium processors.
Further, Intel claims its Apollo Lake platform is designed to consume less power for a longer battery life in low-cost laptops and desktops, as well as should be able to handle 4K video and support Thunderbolt 3 and IR cameras.
Intel Apollo Lake processors are expected to launch sometime after the second quarter of 2016.