Kaby Lake Intel 7th-gen processor WHAT IS KABY LAKE? Kaby Lake is the code name for Intel's 7th generation Core processors. In the general scheme of things it's a minor upgrade over 6th-gen Skylake kit, but it's still a big enough improvement to make 2017's laptop market look very interesting indeed. Kaby Lake is a minor upgrade because Intel has ditched its ‘Tick-Tock’ approach to processor design, meaning there are no major structural changes to the chip or what it’s capable of. Previously, each generation of Intel processors would see a reduction in process size (smaller, lower power consumption) and then an improvement in architecture (more powerful). This was called Tick-Tock.