Intel Launches 7th Generation 14nm Plus Processors Featuring Kaby Lake Architecture

Usman Pirzada
Posted Aug 30, 2016
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Intel has just recently launched the Kaby Lake architecture with a total of 6 SKUs as well as the m-series. Building up on the 14 nanometer process, the new iteration of the architecture that should never have existed is being dubbed 14nm plus.

Kaby Lake launched – boasts the 14nm plus process with finely tuned fin profile

Kaby Lake architecture will introduce quite a few ‘optimizations’ over Skylake; and a new media engine is one of the few things explicitly mentioned in the slides. Featuring a Gen9 graphics architecture, the new iGPU will be able to support hardware based HEVC 10 bit (4K UHD) and VP9 decoding. As far as actual performance gains go,  Intel’s slides boast a general productivity improvement of 12% over the last generation and over 19% in terms of web performance.

The processors will be featuring in up to 100 designs in the last quarter of 2016. Here is where things get interesting though.  The first thing we mentioned was the S 4+2 category – which is the shorthand for the mainstream quadcore variants by Intel. According to the roadmap this is going to be landing in December this year. Also notice the fact that this has HDCP 2.2 stated in the top label – which means HDMI 2.0 is going to be fully supported.

Intel takes computing to the next level with the 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family. The 7th Gen Intel Core processors are designed for the Immersive Internet and built on a strong foundation of the Skylake microarchitecture. Intel’s latest 14nm processors deliver more responsive performance than ever1, fantastic entertainment and gaming, robust security2, and even more natural, intuitive interactions with your PC. With incredible improvements that transform the viewing experience with 4K UHD videos, 360-degree videos , multiple video streams, and premium content playback3, the 7th Gen Intel Core processors for mobile platforms enable a new way to enjoy the sharp and engaging content across a range of form factors.

  • More than 70 percent4 faster mobile productivity than a 5-yearold PC**
  • 5X5 better 3D graphics performance than a 5 year old PC**
  • Create : Beautify 1400 photos in one minute6
  • Multitask : Combine multiple 4K UHD videos into a highlight reel in 4 minutes while shopping and watching a movie7
  • Game : Play your favorite games, like Overwatch, on-the-go, in HD
  • New HEVC 10-bit decode capability delivers smooth premium content playback up to 4K
  • New VP9 decode capability allows power efficient  smooth 4K UHD,4K 360-degree playback while multitasking
  • Quickly and effortlessly create, edit and share 4K UHD 360° video 8X8 faster compared to a 5-year-old PC
  • Enjoy up to 9.5 hours of 4K video playback9

Intel Kaby Lake Slide Deck


Intel scales 7th Gen Intel Core processors to a variety of PC designs at a wide range of price points, which may include features such as Thunderbolt™ 3 USB Type-C single-wire connection, low power premium audio and hassle-free facial recognition such as Windows* Hello. Users can also expect to see PC designs based on 7th Gen Intel Core processors with a variety of intuitive input options such as touch, voice, and stylus.

Key benefits of the 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family for mobile and desktop PCs include:

RESPONSIVE PERFORMANCE. 7th Gen Intel Core processors utilize a power-efficient microarchitecture, advanced process technology and silicon optimizations to deliver faster performance than previous generation processors.1** Web browsing is snappy and responsive with Intel® Speed Shift Technology. On processors with Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, performance and power is dynamically controlled – for cores and graphics – boosting performance precisely when it is needed, and saving energy when it counts. Both the Y-series and U-series processors support two cores and four threads with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology), enabling compelling 2 in 1 designs and thin clamshells that achieve a unique balance between performance and mobility. PCs enabled with Microsoft Windows Modern Standby are able to wake immediately at the push of a button, so users don’t have to wait for their system to start up.

RICH, IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE. Intel® HD Graphics deliver advanced performance and the new media engine for captivating visuals.3 With 7th Gen Intel Core processors, users can easily watch, create, edit, share and game. With the ability to view premium content up to 4K UHD from more vendors, the 7th Gen Intel Core processor family allows users to enjoy amazing and vibrant multimedia experiences on compatible displays. It also enables powerful photo and video editing, multiple video streams, 360degree videos, and high-resolution video chat. In addition, users can play their favorite PC games on the go in HD with fluid, texture-rich graphics. Finally, thanks to our new media engine with power-efficient VP9 and HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration, 4K viewing and content creation is significantly improved versus previous generation processors.10

SIMPLICITY AND CONVENIENCE. Notebooks with the versatile Thunderbolt 3 technology, the USB-C that does it all, provide an incredible I/O experience. A single cable conveniently supports up to 40 Gbps transfer speeds, two 4K 60 Hz displays, system charging up to 100W, external graphics, and Thunderbolt networking to bolster productivity. More designs supporting touch, voice and stylus input, intuitive interaction becomes prevalent with 7th Gen Intel Core processors, enabling users to simplify their interactions and unleash their creativity. On notebooks with cameras supporting Windows Hello facial recognition, users are able to securely2 log into a PC and websites hassle free.

EXTENDED BATTERY LIFE. With the 7th Gen Intel Core processor family further improving power efficiency at a processor and platform level, 7th Gen Intel Core processor-based systems have longer battery life** and can utilize smaller batteries to enable even thinner and lighter systems.11 Dedicated hardware acceleration reduces power consumption dramatically, enabling 3X longer battery life during local 4K video playback.12 With the Y-processor family, 2 in 1s and clamshells are reimagined, enabling thin and fanless designs for ultra-mobility. On U-series processors, enhanced productivity and creativity are possible in increasingly slim form factors.

I/O SUPPORT. I/O in U and Y series 7th Gen Intel Core processors offers Gen 3 PCIe support, supporting higher data transfer rates of 8 GT/s versus 5 GT/s with PCIe Gen 2. The latest Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports NVMe PCIe x4 solid state drives and is capable of utilizing Gen 3 PCIe Speeds. The Intel® Context Sensing SDK for the Intel® Integrated Sensor Solution allows third-party software vendors to develop exciting sensor-enhanced applications.

**Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.

Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.          For more complete information visit www.intel.com/benchmarks. Configurations: see page 13 for system configuration information.

Lineup and availability:

This announcement of new 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors will include

  • Intel Core m3 processor
  • Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors

We expect OEMs to start shipping 7th Gen systems to end users by beginning of September. We also expect strong ramp of 7th Gen mobile systems and a variety of mobile systems will be in market in time for the holiday shopping season.13 For more information, visit www.intel.com or customers can also contact their preferred PC OEM(s) for system offerings or their preferred retailer(s) for system availability.

Intel Kaby Lake 7th Gen Processors Fact Sheet

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