Intel's new mobile processors brings faster Wi-Fi and mild performance boosts

Intel's new Whiskey Lake-U and Amber Lake-Y CPUs focus on improved mobile connectivity and battery life

The PCH though, is getting an upgrade and comes with integrated Intel Wireless-AC 160 MHz Gigabit Wi-Fi and USB 3.1 controllers thereby, freeing up some PCIe lanes for peripherals. The new U-series and Y-series chips, formerly code-named Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, respectively, would also provide ultimate mobile performance and long battery life.

There's also a dedicated quad-core audio DSP for voice commands. The CPU supports dual-channel LPDDR3 2133 or DDR4 2400 RAM. There is Thunderbolt 3 support via a separate Alpine Ridge controller (although the diagram implies that it is part of the PCH) that should be quite useful for eGPU setups along with PCIe 3.0 lanes for discrete graphics and Intel Optane Memory. You'll also find integrated Gigabit Wifi with CNVio/PCIe 3.0, and Intel Optane Memory works with PCIe 3.0 here as well. But why is all of this important for you, the end user?

Rather, today Intel is launching its third-series of 8th Generation mobile processors, promising slightly improved performance over Coffee Lake and much greater focus on connectivity.

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Intel has really muddied the waters with its so-called 8th-generation Core processors, as these diverse chips would have previously consumed at least two processor generations. In terms of power draw, the Y-Series surpasses the U-Series, requiring just a 5W TDP, instead of the 15W that is needed by the new U-Series processors. But it does support Gigabit Wi-Fi by way of external or discrete modules, and it has preloaded eSIM support for Intel's Gigabit LTE modems. Compared to a 7th Generation Kaby Lake processor, we supposedly can expect double-digit gains in office productivity for everyday web browsing and light content creation.

Hardware makers like Dell, Lenovo, and Asus, are most likely to show off their latest laptops powered by the U-series and Y-series chips at IFA 2018 that will eventually find their way to the market later this fall. Have a peek at the timeline of other 8th-gen Intel updates in the wide, wide world of processing hardware in the timeline below.

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