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Intel Kaby Lake is now a 2017 platform, launch at CES?

Posted on Tuesday, July 05 2016 @ 13:07:29 CEST by

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There were some rumors last month about Intel delaying its Kaby Lake platform to CES 2017 and now FUD Zilla backs this up, claiming the chip giant is now internally referring to Kaby Lake as a 2017 platform. Production kicks off in Q4 2016 but the official launch is expected after New Year, perhaps at CES 2017. The chip giant will roll out the Intel 200 series chipsets with support for Kaby Lake and Skylake-S, the main new features here will be more PCIe lanes, Octane storage support and updated WiFi modules.
The "new" WiFi module to match the desktop platform is codenamed Windstorm Peak and it includes both WiFi and Bluetooth. This displaces the Snowfield Peak (WiFi+BT) wireless from the Skylake platform, for students of esoterica.

In the lower end wireless roadmap, Intel's Stone Peak (WiFi+BT) wireless gets displaced by the not very exciting Sandy Peak (WiFi+BT). Thunderbolt is using Alpine Ridge, the same thing that's in the Skylake platform and Jacksonville Intel LAN. We cannot expect miracles from Kaby Lake, it is a minor upgrade that has some new features, just like the Haswelll to Haswell refresh.
On a related note, FUD Zilla says the 10nm Cannonlake CPU is still slated for late 2017, and it also confirms rumors about AMD planning to jump straight to 7nm after 14nm.



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