At its keynote event, Intel has mentioned the release dates for its upcoming Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake-based processors.. well, sort of. Before we get to that, it’s worth mentioning that Kaby Lake is the microarchitectural codename for Intel’s 7th generation processors.
Intel has stated that users can expect to see the budget-oriented Apollo Lake processors by this quarter. Knowing this, one can safely assume that the Goldmont CPU architecture-based Apollo Lake processor may have already entered the mass production phase. Users can expect to see Intel incorporating the Apollo Lake microarchitecture in its Atom, Celeron and Pentium series of processors.
Besides that, Intel also announced that its 7th generation Kaby Lake-based processors will be made available towards the end of this year. Like Apollo Lake, mass production of Kaby Lake-based CPUs should also be taking place very soon. In addition to announcing the release date, Intel has also stated that, when released, more than 400 devices will already be equipped with Kaby Lake-based processors, which is a rather bold statement.
Both Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake-based processors will retain the 14nm manufacturing process of the previous Skylake and Broadwell architecture, which means that both processors will be under the “optimisation” phase; this further solidifies the fact that Intel has moved past the Tick-Tock cycle.
Regardless, do expect Intel to provide specific release dates and prices for the Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake-processors in the coming months.