Intel roadmap for 2018 leaks: more Coffee Lake, a laptop hexa-core CPU and Cascade Lake

Posted 14 February 2018 18:45 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

A leaked Intel road map, that is up-to-date until January of this year, shows when various Core iX 8000 chips for both desktops and laptops should become available. Also, Xeon Cascade Lake-SP processors are mentioned as the successors of the Xeon Skylake-SP CPUs. New is Coffee Lake-E, a refresh of Kaby Lake-E for servers.

German website Computerbase leaked the road map. The first CPU mentioned in the road map is scheduled for the second quarter this year, around May. This is the hexa-core Coffee Lake 8550H processor that has 6 cores, and 12 threads through Intel’s Hyper Threading technology. Also, the i5-8400H with 4 cores and 8 threads should become available around that time. Both are targeted at laptop usage.

More Coffee Lake CPUs for the desktop should become available around April. These are power optimized ‘T’ variants of the processor. The Core i7-8700T, Core i5-8500T and Core i3-8100T have lower base clock speeds (2.4Ghz, 2.1Ghz and 3.1Ghz respectively) and therefore consume less power. Intel will also release regular versions (without a suffix) of these CPUs. These CPUs have a specified TDP of 65 watts, while Intel specifies a TDP of 35 watts for the T variants.

The chip giant also plans new Xeon processors for servers. These will be Coffee Lake-E CPUs with onboard graphics. The Xeon-E 2176 is also a hexa-core CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads and the processor will become available for both desktop and laptop usage. Users can distinct between both variants due to their suffix, where the G variant is targeted at desktop usage and the M variant should end up in laptops.

The Xeon-E 2176G will have 12MB cache, 6 cores and 12 threads and run at 3.7Ghz. Also, a quad-core variant is on the road map, the Xeon-E 2124G. This CPU has a 8MB cache, 4 cores and 4 threads and runs at 3.4Ghz.

Intel will also come with a refresh of its Purely server platform, which is called Cascade Lake SP in the road map. Cascade Lake will have higher clock speeds and architecture improvements. The CPUs will also support Vector Neural Network instructions and support Apache Pass/DDR-T DIMMs. Just like its predecessor it fits in a P-Socket and has support for PCIe 3 with 48 lanes per CPU.

The Cascade Lake CPUs should become available from the third quarter of this year.

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