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Intel's new 8th-gen processors launched with better Wi-Fi and USB

29 August 2018 2

Intel has launched its latest 8th-generation processors Whiskey Lake U-series chips and the Amber Lake Y-series processors. There are a total of six new chips that have been designed for Ultrabooks and other thin-and-light systems.

The new U-series Whiskey Lake chips offer the two-core, four-thread i3-U145U model clocked at 2.1GHz (which can be boosted to 3.9GHz), the quad-core, eight-thread i5-8265U clocked at 1.6GHz (with a boosted speed of 3.9GHz), and the quad-core, eight-thread i7-8565U, clocked at 1.8GHz (with a boosted speed of 4.6GHz).

The Y-series Amber Lake chips are less powerful, all offering dual-core / four-thread configurations, ranging from 1.1GHz (boosted to 3.4GHz) on the m3-8100Y to 1.3GHz (boosted to 3.9GHz) on the i5-8200Y to 1.5GHz (boosted to 4.2GHz) on the top i7-8500Y.

One of the biggest improvements Intel has made via these new chips is the integration of gigabit Wi-Fi support.

According to Intel, the new gigabit Wi-Fi support could bring dramatically faster internet speeds, especially on the mid-range laptops that may not have been able to offer those kinds of speeds before. Till now, OEMs had to add another chip to the motherboard to complete the Wi-Fi implementation. And now, having an onboard integration of the Wi-Fi controller will help these OEMs to reduce the cost of any additional unit.

Also, Intel has now upgraded the integrated controller so that it could support two USB 3.1 generation 2 ports. For comparison, the previous chipset supported only generation 1. The difference between the generations is speed: generation 1 operates at 5GB per second and generation 2 at 10GB per second.

Also, both the series have support for multiple voice services on the U-series and refinements to improve natural input options like touch and stylus for the Y-series.

The chipset now also includes an integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller. Looking at the minor processor refresh, we can expect some minor upgrades from the OEMs in their coming devices.



Intel's new 8th-gen processors launched with better Wi-Fi and USB
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