Intel introduced a new family of Ice Lake CPUs for laptops. The processors are made on Intel’s’ new 10nm manufacturing technology equipped with completely new Gen 11 GPU. They use the Sunny Cove CPU architecture with various modifications and improvements. Ice Lake U models have a standard power consumption of 15-25 W, while Ice Lake Y CPUs have a reduced power consumption of 9-12 W. The number of CPU cores is up to 4, and the number of threads is up to 8.
This news was confirmed during Intel Computex 2019, and Intel announced that Ice Lake processors will range from Core i3 to Core i7. These processors will have up to four cores and eight threads, which we hope will lead to incredible performance. If this is not enough, Intel also claims that such chips must operate at frequencies up to 4.1 GHz.
According to the new CPU developers, fresh CPUs of the tenth generation are 2.5 times faster in artificial intelligence tasks than Intel Core processors of the eighth generation. These impressive results are due to the new Intel DL Boost technology. And the Intel Iris Plus GPU on the 11th generation architecture makes the new processors twice as productive as the same eighth generation. Also, new Ice Lake platform now has Thunderbolt 3 interfaces and an Intel Wireless Adapter Wi-Fi 6 (Gig +), which provides data rates higher than 1 Gbps.
Ice Lake is the latest Intel processor platform, which has become a 10th generation CPU. This will be the first family of mainstream processors using a 10nm process technology.
The 10 nm process marks a huge moment for Intel, which has been trying to reduce its 14-nm process since 2016 but has suffered many failures. The presence of a smaller component means that a larger number of transistors can fit on a chip, and, in turn, increases the performance of the chip.
Intel also suggests that a process with a smaller 10 nm will allow laptop manufacturers to create thinner and lighter devices without sacrificing performance. We already had a trial peak of a potential new Dell XPS with an Intel Lake processor, but so far there is no additional information about this.
However, Intel may still be lagging behind, since AMD is already using 7 nm processors for its processors after the announcement of the Ryzen 3 chips.
New 10 nanometer Intel Ice Lake CPUs have been sent to global manufacturers. The first ready-made solutions will appear no earlier than October or November of this year.