Intel announced its latest eighth-generation Core processors today. The new chip will offer an unprecedented 40% increase in speed and performance, compared to its predecessor the seventh-generation, introduced to the market last year.
The new processors, produced under the code name Kaby Lake Refresh, were designed and developed mainly in Israel, together with partners from the United States.
“The eighth-generation processors are an exceptional achievement,” said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. “We managed to deliver a significant improvement in performance without sacrificing battery life. The innovation behind the processors exemplifies how Intel, alongside its partners, is shaping the future computer experience.”
The dramatic upgrade in performance of the eighth-generation processors is possible due to a new quad-core configuration, made available for laptops for the first time ever. It includes an energy-efficient microarchitecture, advanced processing technology and a wide range of silicon optimizations. The technological upgrade does not compromise battery life. This means, for example, users can watch high quality video content in live streaming for up to 10 hours without additional charging.
The new processors present significant enhancements of multiple other features. For example, the speed of editing a photo slide is up to 48% higher than previous generations and video-editing is up to 14.7 times faster. To illustrate, this means that 45 minutes’ worth of work on a five-year computer will now take only three minutes.
“This is just the beginning,” Krzanich continued, adding that “the eighth-generation processors will continue to arrive in the coming months and the first desktop processors are expected to arrive this coming fall. We will then introduce a new wave of processors especially designed for business customers, equipped with a wide range of additional adaptations tailored to different market segments. The eighth-generation family will also include some of our first 10-nanometer products.”