Intel confirms Kaby Lake for 2016 launch

June 2, 2016 // 11:27 a.m.

Tags: #10nm #14nm #core #cpu #intel #kaby-lake #moores-law #navin-shenoy #skylake

Intel has officially confirmed that Kaby Lake, its seventh-generation Core platform and the first to use its new multi-year process, architecture, and optimisation model, will be released before the end of the year.

Intel admitted its struggles with Moore's Law earlier this year when it formally killed off the tick-tock cycle, its traditional development cycle which would alternate the release of chips based around a new microarchitecture with chips featuring the same architecture but on an improved and shrunken manufacturing process node. With physics beginning to get in the way, the company shifted to a three-phase cycle: 'process,' in which chips would migrate to a new process node; 'architecture,' in which they would get a new and improved microarchitecture; and 'optimisation,' in which the architecture would remain largely unchanged bar for minor improvements designed to boost efficiency or performance rather than add definite new functionality - with the latter phase, potentially, covering product releases over multiple years.

The first chips to be released under this three-phase cycle will represent the seventh-generation Core family, codenamed Kaby Lake - and Intel is confident it will have them out of the door before the end of the year. 'Two new products will be coming from Intel later this year,' Intel's Navin Shenoy claimed during the company's Computex keynote speech. 'Apollo Lake for the value and entry-level PC, 2-in-1, and tablet, and the 7th Generation Core, formally codenamed Kaby Lake, will be coming later this year. We have over 400 designs coming to market on the Seventh Gen Core, and you can expect lots of innovations from our OEM partners bringing this product to market.'

Kaby Lake is to be based on Intel's current 14nm process node, rather than its delayed 10nm node, and feature relatively minor tweaks to the Skylake architecture including native support for USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals.
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