Intel adds Three 7W Amber Lake-Y Processors

Intel announced their Amber Lake family of low power high performance processors, officially known as Intel Core Y-Series processor last year with three SKUs: Core m3-8100Y, Core i5-8200Y, Core i7-8500Y which are all dual core/quad thread processor offering different base and boost CPU frequencies, and sporting the same UHD 615 graphics.

As I browsed Intel’s Ark “previously Amber Lake Y”  page this morning, I found out the company added three more processors to the family in Q1 2019.

Intel Amber Lake Q1 2019
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The new processors also come with two cores and four thread, but at higher frequency, and TDP is fixed to 7W, while the first three model at a 5W TDP configurable up to 7 or 8 Watts or down to 3.5 or 4.5 Watts.

They are also equipped with Intel UHD Graphics 617 graphics that appears to only offer a higher boost frequency to 1.05 GHz instead of 900/950 MHz for UHD 615 graphics.

Main differences between the three new models:

  • Core i5-8210Y clocked at 1.60 GHz (base), 3.90 3.60 GHz (turbo)
  • Core i5-8310Y clocked at 1.60 GHz (base), 3.90 GHz (turbo)
  • Core i7-8510Y clocked at 1.80 GHz (base), 3.90 GHz (turbo)

There’s absolutely no difference between Core i5-8210Y and i5-8310Y in Ark website, except the former comes with “4MB smartcache” instead of just “4MB cache” for the latter, whatever that means.

While Core i5-8210Y is shown as being launched in Q1 2019, it’s found in Apple MacBook Air (2018) announced at the end of last year, and Core i7-8510Y processor has been spotted in GeekBench in a platform codenamed “AAPJ140K1” which may be another upcoming MacBook Air model. There are been very few Amber Lake mini PCs announced, because Amber Lake-Y processors are quite expensive, and this form factor does not really take full advantage of the lower power consumption like a battery powered laptop does.

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I think the ARK comparison is throwing up some incorrect information, as the full ARK page suggests that the i5-8210Y has a max turbo frequency of 3.6GHz. https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/189912/intel-core-i5-8210y-processor-4m-cache-up-to-3-60-ghz.html
It was also launched in Q3’18, whereas the i5-8310Y was launched in Q1’19.

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Amazingly expensive. None of these CPU’s is going to sell well because they’re aimed at only very high priced low end devices. If Intel does not want to give a real cherry trail successor because they only want to focus on profit, they are absolutely a no-no for buying at low TDP devices, as simple as that.

When AMD releases their cherry trail direct competitor it’s a bye bye to Intel for good. Although they may or may not release them, but I hope they will, because the 2-4W market is very lacky on everything, and with 7nm and 4W you can do wonders.

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All a AMD off shoot would need to do is a design a high ability low W TDP GPU and PCIE with Linux and Android drivers combined with arm CPU . Just like a Nvidia Shield TV or even go the Chromebook route Once use to low W arm CPU design they could design their own with added AMD IP, just like Apple etc