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.
Cannon Lake instead will replace Skylake Kaby Lake and in most notebook and, according to Intel documents, expected to be released towards the end of 2017, perhaps a few months later Gemini Lake. The new processors will have to introduce a new graphics architecture and probably will be the first chip of Santa Clara built with 10 nm production process. How Broadwell, Skylake and Kaby Lake before, even the new Cannon Lake are divided into two ranges: U-series CPUs for mainstream notebooks and Y-series for ultrabook and ultraportable.
But we notice the new feature: Cannon Lake Y-Series (known mostly as Core M) have a TDP of 5.2W 4.5W instead, suggesting a different range for the next processors from 3.5W to 7W for example, and Cannon Lake U more powerful -series will have a maximum TDP of 15W and not more than 28W.
And there is a reason: the successor to the Kaby Lake chips 28W will have a different name, Coffee Lake. Expected in the second quarter of 2018, the Coffee Lake chips include Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors with TDP between 15 and 45 Watts. Unlike Cannon Lake, these processors will be realized with the production process to 14 nm. The variant Coffee Lake-U 15W will probably be a notebook dual-core processor, but the 28 W version will include a series of quad-core mobile chips. The Lake Coffee-H 45W instead will hexa-core processors, designed for high-performance laptops with impressive dissipation systems.