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Intel Rumored to Debut Basin Falls Platform in May, Launch Coffee Lake Chips in August

Intel plans to move up the launch of its 14-nanometer Coffee Lake processors, introducing them in August of 2017 instead of January 2018. According to DigiTimes, the launch is being moved up because of "increasing competition from AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors."

The site says Intel will release several K-series Core i3, i5, and i7 processors starting in August, along with its Z370 chipsets. Additional CPUs will come at the end of 2017 or early in 2018.

Intel also plans to unveil its Basin Falls platform, with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at Computex 2017, which takes place from May 30 to June 3, which is two months earlier than originally scheduled.


Intel's Skylake-X series features 140W processors with 6, 8, and 10-core architectures, while Kaby Lake X-series features a 112W quad-core processor. Intel also plans to release a 12-core Skylake-X processor in August. Intel's Basin Falls platform could potentially be used in future Mac Pro machines and the rumored high-end server-grade iMac.

Coffee Lake chips appropriate for Apple machines were originally set to launch somewhere around the second quarter of 2018, so if rumors of Intel's updated timeline are true, the launch could be moved forward to either late 2017 or early in 2018.

Coffee Lake chips are manufactured on Intel's 14-nanometer process and will be the fourth processor family to use the architecture after Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake.

Apple is rumored to have new machines in the works for 2017, including new iMacs, which are likely to use Kaby Lake chips.

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1 week ago
Competition is good.......
Rating: 31 Votes
1 week ago
Apple should try their hand at AMD Ryzen CPU's.... much better performance and value.
Rating: 21 Votes
1 week ago
I know a lot about AMD (investor) and trust me, they are on the rise. Their new management is making sensible decisions, and they are doing things the right way, in order to provide real service and value to customers.

A few years back, I thought AMD were a joke... but now NVIDIA and AMD are blazing a trail.

Intel needs to step up.
Rating: 15 Votes
1 week ago
Mac mini, please!

Gains from going 4th gen to 8th gen would be significant.
Rating: 14 Votes
1 week ago
Where do they get these names from? Kaby, Broadwell, Coffee?
Rating: 14 Votes
1 week ago
Intel are upping their game because of competition from AMD.

Apple should be upping their game because of competition from Microsoft. We will find out later this year how much they are.

iOS has competition from Android. iOS has an advantage because of developers that use Macs.

iOS needs macOS. macOS currently needs Intel. Stong competition across the board means this could be the first time for a few years we see Apple pushing itself. Customers gain if others are strong, even if they don't use the other products themselves.
Rating: 11 Votes
1 week ago
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Where do they get these names from? Kaby, Broadwell, Coffee?

I am waiting for Cupcake, Bognor Regis, and Chlamydia.
Rating: 10 Votes
1 week ago
Hey IMAC with 12 core, i am waiting for you
Rating: 9 Votes
1 week ago

I would like to see a nicely priced quad-core Mac Mini running AMD's raven ridge APU. The desktop variant of that chip would make for a very powerful Mac Mini. It should also be used in the smaller iMacs.

An unrelated point, does anyone know how Samsung/TSMC are able to supply 10nm chips to Apple this year, but Intel cannot make them in quantity yet? Do Intel have higher standards or something? I am genuinely curious, I thought Intel were best in class. Whatever the answer, it looks bad for Intel that other chip manufacturers beat them to the 10nm process.

Not all 10nm processes are equal and when Intel does ship 10nm in volume it will actually be much denser than the 10nm process that Samsung is currently using. In facts Intel's current 14nm process has a similar density to the new 10nm processes that are being introduced by other manufactures this year. An article at Ars Technica explains this all:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/03/intel-is-keeping-moores-law-alive-by-making-bigger-improvements-less-often/
Rating: 9 Votes
1 week ago
Intel have gotten fat and lazy like Apple. Intel not only needs better architecture but also better fab process. AMD is using Samsung/GloFo fab that's already shipping 10nm. My experience with Skylake and Kaby Lake have been lackluster and would rather see 10nm AMD Zen in the next products I buy.
Rating: 8 Votes

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