Today Intel has revealed that the company will be announcing their 8th generation Core processors and associated architecture on August 21st. This announcement of an announcement comes as the company is in the middle of launching the rest of the Core i9 Skylake-X processors, with the announcement essentially set to fill out the rest of the year for the company’s CPU product portfolio.

Intel has in recent times settled into a fairly consistent and roughly yearly release cadence for the Core processor family. Other than Broadwell’s delay, Intel has typically launched a new processor in the summer/fall timeframe for the past half-decade. And as early as an investor meeting in February, the company revealed that we should expect the 8th generation processors in the second half of this year.

Officially, Intel has not published any Core architecture roadmaps in some time, but what is widely expected to be revealed on the 21st is Intel’s Coffee Lake processors. Coffee Lake is a further evolution of Skylake and Kaby Lake, and like its predecessors, the company has already been confirmed that these 8th generation processors will also be made on their 14nm process. Meanwhile back at Computex Intel was talking up a sizable 30% performance gain in SYSmark, though based on Intel’s associated demonstration it looks like that claim is primarily about laptops. Otherwise, what little we know of Coffee Lake is that it will require a new chipset, and desktop processors will not work in existing 200-series motherboards.

The big question, besides official specifications, will be around what launches when. Whether Intel will lead with mobile, lead with desktop, or even launch both at the same time. Intel has traditionally led with mobile, and as a recently as 7th generation Core (Kaby Lake) that was still the case. On the other hand (and rumors aside), the fact that we’ve already seen motherboard manufacturers accidentally confirm information about desktop processors solidly points to desktop parts sooner than later, an interesting turn of events given the still-ongoing Skylake-X launch.

Otherwise, this launch may give us a hint of what to expect for the structure of future Intel processor launches. An announcement like this would normally be made at IDF, which would have taken place the week of August 14th had Intel not discontinued it this year. Intel is plenty capable of launching products outside of IDF (see: Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X), but the loss of IDF changes things significantly. On the one hand, they're no longer under the gun to present something big to the amassed press, investors, and developers. On the other hand, they don't have those same masses conveniently gathered in one location. So it will be interesting to see how Intel handles this launch now that it's a lower-key event.

Finally, given this timing, it remains to be seen how Intel will work their forthcoming first generation 10nm Cannonlake parts into the rotation. Cannonlake was originally expected this year, though it’s anything but clear if that’s still going to happen. However even an early 2018 launch would come only a handful of months after Coffee Lake, and with initial 10nm yields pushing a practical need to start on small die products (e.g. U/Y processors), it’ll be interesting to see how Intel structures their product lineup for these back-to-back transitions.

Source: Intel

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  • Manch - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - link

    Wouldn't kaby lake just have been a stepping back in the day? Reply
  • extide - Monday, August 14, 2017 - link

    Pretty much -- I mean pre i7 basically all of the brand names ran cross multiple process nodes. Core 2 was on 65/45, P4 was on 180, 130, 90, 65... P3's went from at least 250 to 130, etc. Reply
  • r3loaded - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - link

    Hah, Intel appear to have added another “optimization” stage to their Process->Architecture->Optimization flow, so they can’t even stick to that. Coffee Lake is basically going to be take 3 of the Skylake microarch, but with six (gasp!) cores for the mainstream. They really know how to piss on their customers and tell them it’s raining. Reply
  • extide - Monday, August 14, 2017 - link

    Well, finally getting 6 cores on mainstream, and I have also heard of getting 4 true cores on U series parts as well IS good news no matter how it's spun. Reply
  • minde - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - link

    in 2020 8k video products in production , i wait for tigerlike or later , i suppose that processors H 45w will be with 8core , ddr5,pcie 4, F UHD resoliution, HDMI 2.1, usb 3.2 Reply
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - link

    Ryzen 1700 8core already draws a tiny bit less than 45w if you disable turbo and apply a bit of undervolt :D Reply
  • minde - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - link

    Mobile H 45w Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - link

    Capitals and English can be fun! 4k hasn't exactly taken off as yet. Reply
  • TheUsual - Saturday, August 12, 2017 - link

    I was thinking of buying a laptop this fall. If I can get a 6 core vs 4 core, I'm all for that. Reply
  • Runiteshark - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - link

    Ahh just like the AMD 64 days. The new Pentium D err Coffee Lakes being a crappy incremental update just like the old days.

    So what's Intel's "Core" (The successor to Netburst) architecture in 2019-20 going to look like? How are they going to respond to the incoming IBM process that AMD is going to be using and it's 5ghz targeted clockspeed?

    It's exciting times to be in the computing space again. I really wonder how things will turn out and how Intel will respond. I think if there is one thing that anyone can say, it's good for there to finally be competition again. I built my 6700k desktop last year so I could run more ram over my old 2600k build, and I really wish I had waited until now for a nice TR setup. So nice to have choices.
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