Report: Intel’s Kaby Lake May Support High Dynamic Range, VP-9, and HEVC 10-bit Codecs
According to a new report, Intel’s Kaby Lake-S chips will have an upgraded graphics processing unit that will support High Dynamic Range (HDR) in addition to a hardware encoder/decoder support for VP-8, VP-9 HEVC 8-bit, and HEVC 10-bit codecs.
Intel’s Skylake chips, on the other hand, currently must encode/decode VP-9 and HEVC 10-bit codecs using software and rely on hardware to support other codecs. The Skylake chips boast Gen-9 LP graphics that provide support for DirectX 11.3 and DirectX 12.
With the upcoming Kaby Lake-S chips, however, Intel will allow High Dynamic Range, Wide Color Gamut Rec. 2020, as well as HDCP 2.2 support. In addition to new HEVC 10-bit and VP-9 10-bit support, Intel’s Kaby Lake-S chips will continue to support HEVC 8-bit and VP-8 8-bit encode/decode.
In addition to this, the report also confirms that Kaby Lake will support upto 3 displays at 4K/60FPS or a single 5K display at 30 Frames per Second. However, one important thing to note here is that as good as all this sounds, brilliant gaming performance is farfetched unless you are running a discrete graphics card.
Of course, if you are running the Kaby Lake-S chips in a notebook, you are good with running UHD Netflix or other video playbacks. According to a new roadmap which we received yesterday, the 7TH generation processors will launch sometime by the end of this year.