SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // LG - Writ­ten by ALAN HARTSTEIN

In­tel is set to an­nounce three new Whiskey Lake U-se­ries chips (its midrange line for lap­tops), and, for the first time, three 8th-Gen Am­ber Lake Y-se­ries pro­ces­sors.

While the com­pany is still us­ing the same un­der­ly­ing ar­chi­tec­ture for the U-se­ries, the Lake Y-se­ries pro­ces­sors are in­te­grat­ing gi­ga­bit Wi-Fi sup­port, the up­shot of which In­tel says is dra­mat­i­cally faster in­ter­net speeds, es­pe­cially ap­par­ent on cheaper, midrange lap­tops that pre­vi­ously would not have been able to at­tain such speeds.

In­tel has also built added sup­port for vir­tual dig­i­tal as­sis­tants Cor­tana and Alexa into both chip se­ries. The new chips will be mar­keted un­der the “Op­ti­mized for Con­nec­tiv­ity” tag, which In­tel hopes will con­vey that they are the new­est and fastest avail­able.

The new U-se­ries Whiskey Lake chips have a two-core, four-thread i3-U145U model clocked at 2.1GHz (which can be boosted to 3.9GHz), the quad-core, eight-thread i58265U clocked at 1.6GHz (with a boosted speed of 3.9GHz), and the quad-core, eight-thread i78565U, clocked at 1.8GHz (with a boosted speed of 4.6GHz).

The Y-se­ries Am­ber Lake chips, which are less pow­er­ful, have du­al­core/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.

In­tel is ru­mored to be in­tro­duc­ing its 9th gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sors in Oc­to­ber, based on im­prove­ments to the ex­ist­ing 14nm process. The new Core i9, i7, and i5 chips will be branded as 9th gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sors.

The flag­ship Core i9-9900K pro­ces­sor is ex­pected to ship with 8 cores and 16 threads and will in­clude 16MB of L3 cache and UHD 620 graph­ics chip. The 9th gen Core i7 pro­ces­sor is ex­pected to ship with 8 cores and 8 threads (up from the cur­rent 6 cores), with the Core i5 ship­ping with 6 cores and 6 threads.

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