Intel NUC Core i7

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing, better known as NUCs, are mini barebones PCs, ie motherboard and processor supplied containers, whereby the rest of the components can be mounted on their own. Due to the expansion of the Kaby Lake range, new versions of NUCs could also be missing.

Two Intel Core i3 processors (NUC7i3BNK and NUC7i3BNH) are launched, two on Core i5 (NUC7i5BNK and NUC7i5BNH) and one on Core i7 (NUC7i7BNH); The latter will also skirt the Skull Canyon launched in early 2016. Except the processor, the devices share much of the features from the aluminum casings.
Both NUCs with Core i3 and Core i5 will be available in two formats: a “short” (low) that can only accommodate SSD M.2 disks and a tall one that will also provide space for a 2-SATA disk , 5 “. The i7 will only be available in the tall version.

For the rest, there are two SODIMM slots for DDR4 RAM (notebook format), Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth connectivity, 4 USB 3.0 ports, headphone jack, IR receiver, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, microSD reader and USB- C with DisplayPort as well as in i5 and i7 models is compatible with Thunderbolt 3, making NUCs even more versatile, perhaps combining them with an external GPU.
Mini PC not for everyone, but definitely interesting just for the degree of freedom offered to the customer. In the US, the new Intel NUCs will arrive in the current month but there is no price news.

Intel Core i9

For nearly ten years now, Intel has decided to classify its processors according to an alphanumeric scheme based on generation and product line, following the brand and its modifier. The offer of Santa Clara for top-of-the-range devices includes Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 chips, which generally have a higher number of higher performance and features followed by a four-digit sequence ( The first digit indicates the processor generation and the next three digits are related to the SKUs).

Intel Core i9

From rumors circulating on the net, however, Intel would be widening the family to a new component: the photo taken on a slide projected in a private event would show the existence of the first Intel Core i9 processors. Their launch seems to be scheduled for the summer, perhaps for June at Computex 2017, which will open in just over two weeks.

If the information were correct, the first Intel Core i9 chips would be part of the Intel Skylake-X processor family of high-power desktop models, ranging from Core i9-7800X with 6 core to Core i9-7920X with 12 core. Each chip has a 140 watt TDP with support for DDR4-2666 quad-channel memory and hyperthreading (so the 12-core chip can handle 24 simultaneous threads), but the Santa Clara company should launch at the same time a couple of processors Quad-core Intel Kaby Lake-X 112 watts with less brilliant performance despite being based on a more recent architecture.

We will not know what the actual performance of the Intel Core i9 respects to the existing Core i7 or the new AMD Ryzen until we have the first benchmarks in hand but, considering that the new AMD chips promise competitive performance at a small price, it will be interesting to see how The next Santa Clara processors will be positioned. The appointment is scheduled for late May / early June in Taipei.

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Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4

Intel has extended the performance capabilities of the Intel Xeon E7-8800 v4 processor family with the addition of a high-performance model. The new model offers the highest performance family of processors to handle the most demanding and mission-critical business workloads. Companies can use servers based on the Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processor to obtain faster information from the huge amount of data generated to create new services and improve customer experiences.

The Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processor combines high memory capacity and computing performance to deliver faster results while increasing productivity within enterprises. The processor targets scalable workloads such as large databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), online transaction processing (OLT), and in-memory analysis. The ability of this processor to scale allows you to add more resources (more sockets and more memory) to a single node image.

Since its introduction in June 2016, the family of Intel Xeon processors manufactured at the 14nm node, E7-8800 / 4400 v4, has provided sustained and considerable improvements in the processing of instructions per clock cycle (IPC). Architectural and process improvements since the Westmere EX E7-8800 family of processors have been offered to market have yielded performance gains of up to 3.69x compared to the previous generation, providing companies with an upgrade and optimization opportunity TCO by consolidating the servers. Intel continues to drive innovation and process improvement with the Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processor, which has captured several record results based on key performance benchmarks, including SAP SD 2-Tier, SPECjbb 2015, SPECcpu2006, LINPACK And SAP BW edition in SAP Hana

To meet the increasing demands for 24x7x365 days availability and uptime for mission critical systems, the processor has RAS capabilities in Intel Run Sure Technology. These features are unique to the Intel Xeon E7-8800 v4 processor family to reduce unplanned downtime, increase data integrity, and reduce costs associated with lost revenue and maintenance.

The Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processor supports 4 to 8 sockets (up to 32 shots via a node controller) with configurations that support up to 24 processing cores and up to 24 terabytes (TB) of memory per socket to increase analysis In memory and achieve updates in real time.

Intel Compute Card

During CES 2017 Intel unveiled its new modular computing system called the Intel Compute Card, a credit card-sized product developed in conjunction with a handful of partners with which they intend to create a new computing ecosystem. This system will be designed for the Internet of Things and aim to transform the way in which computing and connectivity can be integrated and used in future devices.

The Intel Compute Card has all the elements of a complete computer, including processor, graphics (it’s a SoC of course), memory, storage and all the connectivity you might need, of course wireless. One of the most interesting things about this system is that it is modular and the input and output systems can be modified to suit the needs of each manufacturer, depending on which product they want to integrate into the Compute Card. Intel expects it to be used in a bunch of different solutions, from smart fridges to security cameras.

Basically and to give you an idea of ​​how this system works we are going to put an example. A refrigerator manufacturer creates an intelligent system that does a lot of things, that is interconnected and so on. Logically this refrigerator needs hardware to make everything work. The idea of ​​Intel is that this hardware you need is your Compute Card, with the possibility of replacing it with another easily thanks to its small size and connectivity. As simple as that.

Here are the key features of Compute Card:

It will be available with multiple processor options, including the new seventh generation.
Really very small size: 94.5 x 55 x 5 mm.
Processor, memory, storage and wireless connectivity included.
The product where the Compute Card is integrated must provide power and cooling.
The connection to the devices is made through a new standard connector for the platform (extension of USB-C plus).
This USB-C plus extension will provide USB, PCIe, HDMI and DisplayPort among other things.
According to the company, the Intel Compute Card will be available from the middle of this year.

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Intel Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake

One of the key players in the next Intel Kaby Lake presentation that will take place in just a few days is the Core i3-7350K, a dual-core processor that will for the first time be a Core i3 with multiplier unlocked and of which – Supposedly – you can squeeze the performance a lot. However, it seems that Intel will, at the moment, dispense with it in the initial submission, and therefore will arrive later to the market than the other processors of the seventh generation.

With only a few days left before the official presentation of Kaby Lake, we know almost everything about this new generation of Intel processors and we just have to show our own analysis (you will have them, of course). For this reason, the absence of one of the main protagonists of the generation (since as we indicated before will be the first Core i3 with multiplier unlocked) has caused enough disappointment in the public. That Intel neglects one of the biggest new features in the initial presentation is really weird, you have to admit it.

With a price that will be around 175 euros, the Intel Core i3-7350K will run at a base speed of 4 Ghz (4.2 Ghz with Turbo Boost, as it is also the first Core i3 with this technology) and easily reach the 5 Ghz with cooling by air. It is a chip with a lot of potential and therefore its launch was expected with desire, but it seems Intel will delay its launch, as well as some low-end processors from the Celeron and Pentium families, for a few weeks at least.

The reasons that have led Intel to make this decision are unknown, but we can guess that they intend to avoid the cannibalization of other processors themselves that will “compete” with this as the Core i5-7400. And it is that a chip cheaper and smaller, thanks to the Overclock (since already base will operate at 1 Ghz more) could easily put on a performance superior to his supposed older brother, so it is to understand that Intel wants to wait and release it more late.

Intel Coffee Lake

The launch of Intel processors Kaby Lake has not yet ended and indeed continue for most of 2017, but the Santa Clara company also plans the introduction of two new chip families between the end of next year (late 2017) and the beginning of 2018: Cannon Lake and Coffee Lake. Perhaps someone will be a bit ‘too early to talk about it, since there is more than a year, but Intel is working out the final details before the official presentation, as shown by tables and slide circulating on the web.

Intel Coffee Lake

Cannon Lake should be the first series of products manufactured with the manufacturing process to 10 nm, although the first units available will be characterized by a TDP between 5.2W and 15W, then indicated for portable computers, tablets, and other devices where the efficiency energy is a key priority. Coffee Lake will include hand made chips with 14 nm manufacturing process and TDP of 15W, 18W, and 45W TDP and higher mobile devices to desktop versions.
In the last hours, however, some interesting details have emerged (and until now unknown) just on this family.
Intel is expected to release chips Coffee Coffee Lake and Lake-U-H for laptops, tablets and hybrids while Coffee Coffee Lake and Lake-S-X for desktop PCs, compact PCs and Mini PC. One of the most important changes is the introduction of 6-core processors in the series Coffee Lake-X, S and H probably to better compete with the upcoming AMD chip that Zen also promise eight cores for some CPUs. Coffee Lake-U, which should be directed to ultraportables, ultrabooks and hybrid 2-in-1, will chip dual-core and quad-core processors with TDP of 15W and 28W just like Kaby Lake counterparts (and Skylake before).

For now we do not know exactly what to expect, but considering Moore’s Law and its redefinition, these processors should provide a performance boost (especially graphics), memory, and new technologies. We’ll see, but it will take time.

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Intel Core i7-7700K

Several times I have talked about the upcoming Intel architecture, Kaby Lake, and its top-end processor for the consumer sector, the Core i7-7700K. Today we know that (theoretically) will be launched in December this year, but now, thanks to an online Estonia, and also know its price: 360.35 euros.

The online store lists the Core i7-7700K in presale at a price of 360.35 euros, and further confirms the technical specifications we already knew about the processor, although it is true that it is possible that they have collected from the published by thousands of Internet media and not from Intel itself (now remember, until the official publication of the manufacturer nothing is certain), but as I show below a speed different operating shown to that mentioned in the rumors. We have taken the following capture if they decide to withdraw from the web processor.

The Intel Core i7-7700K will have four cores and eight threads thanks to Hyperthreading process technology that will operate at a base speed of 4.2 Ghz, 4.5 Ghz reaching in Turbo mode (if you look this Turbo speed is greater than what was supposed to have). It will feature 256KB L2 cache per core and 8MB shared L3 cache and will have a TDP of 95 watts.

As you know, desktop processors based on the new architecture Kaby Lake, including the Core i7-7700K of which I speak today, they still use the Intel socket LGA1151, so in theory it is not necessary that the current owners of a platform Skylake motherboard change if they want to upgrade to Kaby Lake, a mere firmware update is not necessary. It has been that way for generations and therefore take it for granted, although Intel could surprise at the end

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Intel Gemini Lake

Notebooks with Intel’s seventh generation “Kaby Lake” are already available on the market, the tablet will follow in early 2017, but in the meantime should peep the first low-power laptops, hybrid 2-in-1 Mini PC Celeron and Pentium CPUs (Apollo Lake). So what’s next? According to a roadmap escaped to the Santa Clara office, and probably completed in April so not final nor complete, we will have to prepare ourselves to Cannon Lake, Coffee Lake and Lake Germini. But first things first.


We know that Intel is addressing its Atom chip solutions for IoT (Internet of Things), robots, drones and embedded systems, choosing to classics such as notebook PCs, desktop and hybrid 2-in-1 Intel Celeron and Pentium processors (4 10 watts) best performing but also more affordable. Gemini Lake, then, is the code name for the SoC family that will replace Apollo Lake to a year after its debut. And considering that Apollo Lake should be released in the autumn, Gemini Lake will happen in the fourth quarter of 2017. The slides do not provide many technical details on chips nor their codes, but the roadmap suggests that models will be available from 4-6W own such as SoC (Apollo Lake) that preceded them.
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Intel Coffee Lake

After the news leaked Quach days ago, new slide appeared on the web seem to (re) confirm that the Intel processors of Coffee Lake series will bring to the market the first 6-core chips in mid-range and in particular on notebooks. As you know, after the abandonment of the tick-tock strategy, Intel now we speak of “optimization” and according to the current roadmap, Kaby Lake after the Californian company will present another CPUs to 14 nanometers, precisely Coffee Lake.

The slide in question indicates that the period of Q2 of 2018, so there will still have to wait over a year and a half.

Returning to the CPU, it refers to the Coffee Lake H series, which will have a TDP of around 45 watts, and in addition to offering optimizations in terms of performance and fuel consumption, will support Intel HD graphics GT3e (this at least for models 2 and 4 Core).

As for prices, there are no indications, initially there was talk of “mainstream” for Esa-Core Coffee Lake, however the H series of Intel has never been so cheap, and the first 6-Core CPU of this line it could unfortunately be priced so low.

Expect more details regarding the desktop segment, the ‘ideal is to have a hypothetical Core i7-8700K and Core 6 with a price in the order of Euro 350/370, but they are just guesses.

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Intel cam RealSense series 400 Euclid Developer Kit

During the IDF 2016, Intel announced the evolution of its 3D camera RealSense 400 series, a technology that is widely used in a variety of segments, such as robotics, drones and more.

If the main features remain similar, greatly increases the accuracy in detection of the surrounding environment, with more than double the points captured in a three-dimensional environment, and a further doubling of the analyzed field. One of the strong points is certainly represented by the dimensions of this solution can be integrated into a large number of devices made by other companies, without a large impact on the design.
Intel cam RealSense series 400 Euclid Developer Kit

Intel also announced Euclid Developer Kit, device based on RealSense technology, equipped with Atom processor and wireless connectivity. Provided along with a utility development, it is designed to provide developers with a tool to create a wide range of applied RealSense technologies, such as robotic area by improving the perception of the surrounding environment, or even in drones, making them able to move with greater precision among various obstacles during the flight.

The new hardware is only a first step, now it will be up to developers to exploit the potential of this technology, applying it to real use devices

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