Intel Kaby Lake CPUs to Ship by the End of this Year, New Roadmap reveals
A new production process style roadmap has just leaked out on the web which reveals the launch timings of the Intel Kaby Lake family of processors. Published by Chinese tech site BenchLife, the roadmap hints that Intel could ship first Kaby Lake processors by the end of this year.
Intel Kaby Lake processors will succeed the company’s 6th generation Skylake processor family. Built using the 14nm process technology, the new 7th gen processors will pack some serious threading power with a typical desktop chip featuring four cores, and thermal design power (TDP) of up to 95W.
Further, processors based on the Kaby Lake platform will support native USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3 and LGA 1151 socket, as well as take advantage of the company’s “game-changing” Optane technology.
Kaby Lake will be based on Intel’s new three-step “Process, Architecture and Optimization (PAO)” development strategy, which means it will still be on the 14nm process as the Skylake, but will have a “more optimized” microarchitecture.
According to the purported roadmap, 4+2 core Kaby Lake S processors- which include Core i5 and i7 parts – will start sampling in week 35, hit mass production in week 42 and then be ready to ship by December this year, from week 50.
However, the 2+2 core Kaby Lake products, including Core i3 chips, won’t ship until mid-Feb 2017.
The roadmap doesn’t provide any info about mobile Kaby Lake SKUs, but we expect them to arrive earlier than their desktop counterparts.