Intel to release Kaby Lake processor this year


Technology: Intel’s Kaby Lake processor is going to be released shortly. Intel says that Kaby Lake processors feature multiple advancements in performance, battery, and media capabilities.

Kaby Lake is the successor to Skylake and is built on 14-nanometer architecture. The chipset supports Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1, but not DisplayPort 1.3. That means that machines using Kaby Lake chips will be unable to power 5K displays with a single cable.

More than 400 devices with Intel's upcoming chip design will reach the market, said Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager for Intel's Client Computing Group.

Devices with Kaby Lake will include Thunderbolt 3, IR cameras for Windows Hello, and the latest graphics technologies to handle 4K content, Shenoy said. He didn't share more information about Kaby Lake, however, and Intel declined to provide additional chip details.

The successor to Kaby Lake is a chip code-named Cannonlake, which will be made using the 10-nm process and be available for PCs in the second half of 2017.

Intel later this year will also ship processors code-named Apollo Lake for entry-level PCs and tablets. The chips will sell under the Pentium and Celeron brands.