Intel's Amber Lake-Y processors will soon join the chipmaker's 8th generation Intel Core family of processors. The Amber Lake-Y chips are the direct successors to the Kaby Lake-Y counterparts and, as such the upcoming processors would probably be employed by manufacturers in 2-in-1 convertibles, Ultrabooks, tablets, mini PCs, and compute sticks. We got our first look at two of these new processors via a leak from Dell's Chilean arm last week in an upcoming refresh of the XPS 13 2-in-1.
The new Amber Lake-Y processors are produced under Intel's refined 14nm++ manufacturing process. According to the Romanian publication NextLab501, the ultra-low voltage (ULV) Amber Lake-Y parts will be released in three SKUs: Core M3-8100Y, Core i5-8200Y, and Core i7-8500Y. The trio features an identical dual-core design with four threads and 4MB of onboard L3 cache.
The Core M3-8100Y sits at the bottom of the Amber Lake-Y hierarchy with a modest base clock of 1.1 GHz. The entry-level model has a turbo clock of 3.4 GHz when one core is active and 2.7 GHz when two cores are active. The Core i5-8200Y, on the other hand, operates at a 1.3 GHz base clock with a turbo clock that escalates to 3.9 GHz with one active core and 3.2 GHz with two active cores. Lastly, the Core i7-8500Y is the flagship of the lot. It runs at a 1.5 GHz base clock with a single core turbo clock of 4.2 GHz and a dual-core turbo clock at 3.6 GHz.
All three Amber Lake-Y processors employ Intel's UHD Graphics 615 (GT2) integrated graphics processing unit (iGPU). The iGPU features 24 Execution Units (EUs) running at a base clock of 300 MHz with a turbo clock up to 1000 MHz depending on the model. The integrated graphics lacks its own dedicated graphics memory, and therefore takes a chunk of the system's main memory when performing graphics tasks. From an architectural perspective, this looks to be practically the same iGPU found in the previous Kaby Lake-Y processors, but with slightly different clock speeds and power improvements.
The Amber Lake-Y processors are slated to be released during the third quarter of this year. As noted up top, Dell has already prepared its XPS 13 2-in-1 convertibles powered by the new Amber Lake-Y processors. We expect to see more of these chips in competing convertibles and utlra-portable laptops in the coming months.
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Intel naming convention makes less sense with every new generation of products. They could have used the same prefix for the 3 chips, either M3, i5 or i7, since core/thread/L3 cache are the same.Reply
..another W10 exclusive CPU....ho hum.Reply
Where is 10nm Intel?Reply
21170808 said:Where is 10nm Intel?
But, Dude!! 14nm++!! That extra ++ makes it an exceptional CPU!! *joking*
still waiting for cannon lake and 10 nm since 5 years;.. tired of waiting, I bought a 8700k and I'm grealty surprised.... it works very good.Reply
but hey Intel, come on, the 10nm is not so difficult.. all other founders have it...
Their name convention more like BMW... M3, i3, i5... Looking forward for X3, X1, M2...Reply
...but no 2002.21172277 said:Their name convention more like BMW... M3, i3, i5... Looking forward for X3, X1, M2...