Intel is set to boost its CPU performance with the introduction of its new Cannonlake chips, which are set to improve on the performance benchmark of its current Kaby Lake chips by 15%.
This improvement projection is based on the SysMark benchmark, with detailed performance data set to emerge over time. The Cannonlake chips will ship in small volumes by year-end with their availability expanding next year.
The Cannonlake chips’ potential for CPU performance improvement and increased data storage was displayed at Intel’s recent annual meeting for investors, during which Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said data was “the most important force in technology”, and that he expects Intel to “play a vital role in transitioning this data into practical and important tools to drive business and innovation”.
The Cannonlake chips and their increased ability to deliver performance improvement compared to the current Kaby Lake chips will help Intel achieve its vision of driving business and innovation through data. The company envisions an incredible profit potential from data rich markets, an opportunity accelerated by data and an expanding silicon market which Intel predicts will grow to US$220bn by 2021.
A closer look at Cannonlake chips
The first Cannonlake chips are scheduled to be available in the second half of 2017. These Intel Core i7 8th Gen chips will be the first made on Intel’s 10-nanometer process, which Intel said will deliver a substantial reduction in power consumption.
Intel’s Cannonlake chips will target companies which produce low-power notebooks and two-in-one hybrid systems with initial volume manufacturing in the second half of 2017 expected to lead to the acceleration of sales velocity in the first half of 2018.
The development of the Cannonlake chips comes as Intel plans to build Fab 42 – a US$7bn investment, which is set to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world.
The high-volume factory is based in Chandler, Arizona, and will produce microprocessors to power data centers and hundreds of millions of smart and connected devices worldwide as it takes full advantage of using the seven nanometre manufacturing process.
This process will be the most advanced semiconductor process technology in the world and represents the future of Moore’s Law, a 1968 prediction by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that computing power will become significantly more capable and yet cost less year after year.
The chips made on the seven nanometre process will power the world’s most sophisticated computers, data centres, sensors and other high-tech devices, while also enabling things to be created and flourish like artificial intelligence (AI), more advanced cars and transportation systems, and breakthroughs in medicine and science.