Intel could launch Coffee Lake processors as early as August

The next range of Intel processors could hit the market much earlier than expected. According to DigiTimes, the launch of Intel’s 14-nm Coffee Lake processors is being brought forward to August 2017 instead of January 2018. The change of launch date is largely expected due to the increased competition from AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 chips.

The August launch is expected to see Intel release several K-series Core i3, i5 and i7 processors along with its Z370 chipsets. Further launches will then come before the end of 2017 and in the first quarter of 2018.

Coffee Lake chips will be the fourth processor line to use Intel’s 14-nm architecture after Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake. Apple is rumoured to have a new iMac in the works for 2017 that is likely to use Kaby Lake chips.

The tech giant is also expected 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. Intel also plans to release a 12-core Skylake-X processor in August.

Earlier this week, Intel announced that it was cancelling its annual IDF event, bringing a 20-year tradition to an abrupt end. Intel has decided its time to reinvent itself, killing off its annual Intel Developers Forum (IDF) after two decades, the company said it would now focus on its ‘more specified’ events as it delves into new areas moving forwards.

Instead of one general event showcasing everything that is going on within the firm (the IDF), Intel has hinted at more events, each with a specific focus or agenda. Although no specific dates, or event titles, have been revealed (or perhaps decided upon), a list of upcoming events is expected to be announced at some point this summer.

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