Intel has unveiled its eight-generation U-series “Whiskey Lake” and Y-series “Amber Lake” processors which are aimed at thin and light laptops. These chips are based on the same architecture as Intel processors found inside Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro lineup.
The “Whiskey Lake” U-series of processors comprise of the i7-8565U, i5-8265U, and i3-8145U. The i7-8565U is the best chip of the lot packing four cores, with a base clock of 1.8GHz and Turbo Boost speeds of 4.6GHz. These new U-series chips from Intel feature an integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi chip for 12x faster connectivity, support USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds and support voice assistants like Alexa and Cortana. All the U-series chips have a 15W TDP.
Intel says thanks to its power optimizations, laptops can last up to 16 hours on a single charge, “with power-optimized systems targeted to achieve about 19 hours.”
The Y-series of processors includes the i7-8500Y, a quad-core chip with a base clock of 1.5GHz and Turbo Boost speeds of 4.2GHz. Other chips in the Y-series lineup include the i5-8200Y and the m3-8100Y and have a 5W TDP. All Y-series chips are dual-core in nature. Intel did not provide much details about the improvement in performance they offer except for highlighting “double-digit” performance gain and improved battery life.
8th Gen Intel Core Y-series processors also deliver fast connectivity options, including fast Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities with unprecedented performance, to the some of the thinnest and lightest laptops and 2 in 1s in the market with double-digit gains in performance compared with the previous generation6, enabling fresh innovations in sleek and compact form factor designs with extended battery life.
The Y-series of chips will potentially be used by Apple inside its refreshed 12-inch MacBook lineup, while the U-series of processors can be used inside the rumored MacBook Air refresh. Rumors, however, point to Apple using Intel’s older Kaby Lake processors inside the laptop as a cost-cutting measure.