Intel Coffee Lake is Cannonlake Designed on 14nm Process, Up to 6 CPU Cores
Intel Coffee Lake processors are scheduled to debut in the second quarter of 2018. Reports suggest that even though Coffee Lake chips will be built on 14nm process, they will still use the 10nm Cannonlake architecture.
Intel officially moved away from its “Tick-Tock” release cycle when it introduced the Kaby Lake processors last month. If you don’t know, Kaby Lake is basically a follow-up product to last year’s Skylake. It is still built on the 14nm process, although Intel introduced a number of enhancements to improve the overall performance and energy efficiency.
We’re still waiting for transition to the 10nm process, and according to leaked roadmaps that will happen when Intel Cannonlake arrives around the fourth quarter of 2017.
The leaked roadmaps, which focus on Intel’s mobile strategy, reveal that the 45W Kaby Lake-H processors are planned for the fourth quarter of the year, followed by a batch of 15W/28W Kaby Lake-U SoCs with GT3e graphics in Q1 2017. Kaby Lake will carry the Chipzilla through most of 2017 before Cannonlake hits the shelves in the fourth quarter.
Based on the 10nm manufacturing technology, the first batch of Intel Cannonlake will include low-power Y-series SoCs with TDP rated at 5.2W. Following Y SoCs will come Cannonlake-U chips that will feature a 15W TDP and GT2 graphics.
Intel Cannonlake Y and U lineups will extend into 2018 and eventually co-exist with Coffee Lake that is scheduled to arrive in Q2 of that year. Intel Coffee Lake is built using 14nm process and will be offered in H (45W, GT2 graphics) and U (15W/28W, GT3e graphics) flavors. The H-series chips sport six cores and U-series utilizes four cores.
According to a report by The Motley Fool, Intel Coffee Lake is Cannonlake designed on 14nm process node. It deploys the same Cannonlake uARCH and Gen 10 Graphics with up to 6 CPU cores. The chips will be designed for high performance desktop and laptop platforms.
You might be wondering why Intel will introduce chips based on 14nm technology after the launch of 10nm Cannonlake. Well that could be because by early 2018 when Coffee Lake will debut, Intel’s 14nm tech should be quite mature, while their 10nm process will still be in its early stages.
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