Intel announces U-series, Y-series chipsets to 8th Gen Core family

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They are called the Y-series and the U-series (codenamed Amber Lake and Whiskey Lake, respectively), and they are designed primarily for lightweight laptops and 2-in-1 systems running Windows.

The U-series brings integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi to thin and light laptops for the first time, delivering up to 12 times faster connectivity speeds. The U-series chip also provides faster LTE speeds while both are said to offer processing speeds twice that of the average five year old computer.

Consumers can download their shows and movies in under a minute, create, edit and share 4K/360 video content 6.5-times faster. The most impressive improvement that Intel claimed these processors can offer is up to 16 hours of battery life and with power-optimized systems, they target to reach 19 hours of battery life. Whiskey Lake is joining the ultra-low power U-series lineup, and Amber Lake is taking on the extremely low-power Y-series. All its comparisons use the Toshiba Satellite S50 laptop as a reference and this 15.6-inch HD screen equipped machine came packing a 22nm 2C/4T Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell 15W) processor, backed up by 4GB of RAM, a 512GB Intel 545S SSD, a Qualcomm AR 956X Wi-Fi, and Windows 10 Pro.

Intel dwelt on the architecture of the new CPUs ('Whiskey Lake-U', in particular) during the presentation.

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The Core i7-8500, i5-8200Y and i3-8100 make up the new family of chips, with the all three rocking dual-core processors with four threads.

Intel has also built added support for virtual digital assistants Cortana and Alexa into both chip series.

Even the branding isn't new: the new processors are being advertised as eighth-generation chips, but Intel already released a range of "8th-gen" mobile CPUs at the start of this year.

The new integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi should be a real bonus for road warriors, for which these ultrathin fanless devices will be targeted. Together, the fusion of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos transform PCs into entertainment powerhouses. The new Core i9, i7, and i5 chips will be branded as 9th generation processors. Games such as World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and "World of Tanks work too". Otherwise, there's improved touch and stylus interaction for users who want to sketch, shade and paint with precision on an Amber Lake-powered touchscreen device.

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