Intel has begun shipping Kaby Lake to manufacturers
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Intel is now finally at its final stages of launching its Kaby Lake CPU platform. As of June 2016, the chipmaker has begun mass production of its Skylake successor for OEM distribution to incorporate onto brand new notebooks and tablets. Thus, all there is left for Intel to do is to formally announce and introduce the 7th generation of Core ix SKUs at next month's IDF 2016 in San Francisco.
Kaby Lake is a refresh of Skylake and is manufactured in the same 14 nm lithography. Consumers will have to wait at least one more year for the 10 nm Cannon Lake series due to supposed manufacturing challenges. The chipmaker recently dropped its "tick-tock" development cycle for a much slower three-phase process. The company's latest financial earnings revealed stable sales YoY, but profits have been more than halved due to recent reorganization efforts.
It was previously rumored that the next generation of Surface Pro and Surface Book devices had been delayed to 2017 due to issues regarding the Kaby Lake platform. It remains to be seen if this will hold true now that the first batch of Kaby Lake processors are already on their way.