Intel Kaby Lake 7th Gen Core Series: Higher Perf-Per-Watt, Enhanced Media Engine

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The Intel Kaby Lake Family

Kaby Lake-based 7th Gen U- and Y-Series Core processors feature different packaging and are designed for different types of devices.

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U-Series Kaby Lake Processor, Top - Side - Bottom Views

The U-Series processors are designed for mid-sized mobile devices and all-in-ones that can accommodate up to a 15W TDP. There will initially be three dual-core offerings in the U-Series, that all support up to 4 threads. These are the processors that will arrive in mainstream notebooks with somewhat larger, but still small and thin form factors.
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Kaby Lake Y-Series Processor, Top And Bottom Views

The Y-Series will also initially be comprised of dual-core, quad-thread offerings, but they’ll feature much lower clocks (more on this later) and are designed to fit into ultra-thin and light form factors and have a TDP of up to 4.5W.

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Lots of this information is carry-over from Skylake (and previous generation Core processors), but we wanted to present the full list of features supported by Kaby Lake-based 7th Gen Core processors nonetheless.

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The Y- and U-Series CPUs also have some specific features, or are pared down in some areas, to cater to their target market segments.

inte kaby lake io

In terms of IO, the premium parts in the 7th Gen Core Y- and U-Series have similar configurations. Baseline U-Series products, however, lack support for RAID and don’t support Intel’s Smart Response Technology. They also have fewer SATA and USB 3.0 ports, but additional USB 2.0 ports are enabled.

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