Intel may be trying to catch up with AMD, which is boasting a 40 percent performance improvement for its upcoming Ryzen chips. Ryzen’s numbers are based on IPC (instructions per cycle), an important performance metric.

Upgrading CPU performance hasn’t been a priority for Intel in many years, but that could be changing. The benefit of high-performance PC chips isn’t lost on Intel.

The performance improvements from Skylake to Kaby Lake topped out at 15 percent. The CPU performance boost for Cannonlake should be at least that, Intel said.

Intel’s upcoming Cannonlake chips will deliver a performance improvement of more than 15 percent compared to its Kaby Lake chips, said Venkata Renduchintala, president of the Intel Client and Internet of Things businesses and Systems Architecture Group. Projection is based on the SysMark benchmark.

The first Cannonlake chips are scheduled to ship in the second half of this year. The chips—called 8th-generation chips on an Intel slide—could include Core i7 chips.

Intel showed a Cannonlake chip at CES. The chip will be the first made on Intel’s 10-nanometer process, which will deliver a substantial reduction in power consumption, Renduchintala said.