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Updated: Intel Kaby Lake-G family goes the way of the dodo

The Kaby Lake-G was a good experiment that didn't find many takers. (Source: Intel)
The Kaby Lake-G was a good experiment that didn't find many takers. (Source: Intel)
Intel has issued a new Product Change Notification (PCN) document that lists the Kaby Lake-G family as End of Life (EOL) citing market demand for other Intel products. The EOL date is effective from today and OEMs will not be able to order Kaby Lake-G products after January 31, 2020.

Corrigendum: The original article stated that Intel may end driver support for Kaby Lake-G in 2020. However, Intel has clarified that there will be driver support for at least three more years as detailed here. Readers may kindly note. 

Original article:

We have been expecting this for quite sometime and now it is official. Intel has issued a Product Change Notification (PCN) confirming the discontinuance of all Kaby Lake-G processors right from the Core i5-8305G all the way up to the Core i7-8706G. Intel cites change in market demand as the reason for End of Life (EOL) of the Kaby Lake-G series. 

Market demand for the products listed in the "Products Affected/Intel Ordering Codes" table below have shifted to other Intel products. The products identified in this notification will be discontinued and unavailable for additional orders after the "Last Product Discontinuance Order Date"

The PCN is effective from today, but customers can submit requests to Intel's Corporate Assurance Criticals process till January 17, 2020 and any further orders for Kaby Lake-G processors will be entertained only up to January 31, 2020.

Intel's announcement of the Kaby Lake-G platform back in 2017 took everyone by a pleasant surprise as it brought together rivals Intel and AMD to create a product that would offer a quad-core H-series CPU and dedicated GPU capabilities within the same package. Customers and the media opined that this would be a step-up from the standard anemic integrated graphics solutions and would benefit home users, budget gamers, and content creators. 

But soon, things went down south with signs pointing to NVIDIA's GPP that kept Kaby Lake-G from making real headway. Apart from a total of four major launches that included the Dell XPS 15 9575, HP Spectre x360Intel Hades Canyon NUC, and the Chuwi HiGame Mini PC, Kaby Lake-G was, for all intents and purposes, dead.

Although we are now seeing better integrated GPUs with Ice Lake and AMD's Zen+ APUs with Vega, Kaby Lake-G offered something truly unique. The power of a Core i7-7820HK and a GTX 1060 Max-Q in a single package (Core i7-8809G) that performed noticeably cooler and quieter was nothing to scoff at, and we are not sure if Intel would continue such a partnership in the future. 

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Milestones for Kaby Lake-G PCN. (Source: Intel)
Milestones for Kaby Lake-G PCN. (Source: Intel)
Kaby Lake-G SKUs affected by the PCN. (Source: Intel)
Kaby Lake-G SKUs affected by the PCN. (Source: Intel)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-10- 8 (Update: 2019-10-15)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.