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Intel's 10nm Ice Lake Processor to Release This Year with Sunny Cove Cores

A New Node with New Cores - Will Hit Retail This Year

Intel's 10nm Ice Lake Processor to Release This Year with Sunny Cove Cores

Intel's 10nm Ice Lake Processor to Release This Year with Sunny Cove Cores

Intel's 10nm products have been delayed for several product generations, forcing the company to reiterate and refine their Skylake architecture and 14nm process tech to deliver Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake and their latest generation of Coffee Lake Refresh (Coffee Lake-R) processors. 2019 is the year where things change. 

During their CES keynote, Intel's Gregory Bryant showcased the company's "first volume 10nm client SoC", an Ice Lake processor that will make use of the company's recently revealed Sunny Cove core architecture (more info here) and 11th Gen graphics silicon (more info here). With Ice Lake and Sunny Cove, Intel moves away from their old naming scheme, where the company's Core IP and product names are securely linked, decoupling product names from their underlying architecture.  

Intel 10nm Ice Lake will ramp this year, with the company planning to hit the market in high volumes in the "holiday 2019" sales period. Sadly, Intel's first Ice Lake silicon appears to be designed for mobile systems, though it may ship in desktop form for low power devices.

While the chip is focused on mobile, Intel's Ice Lake silicon boasts some impressive features, supporting native Thunderbolt 3, WiFi-6, artificial intelligence through DL Boost, and a 2x boost in image processing, if Intel's demo is to be believed.  

Intel's 10nm silicon is said to offer a 1.7x boost in density over their ageing 14nm process, with 10nm also boasting improved power efficiency. With Sunny Cove Intel also plans to boost the single-core performance of their processors, utilising changes in their Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) to do so. Since Skylake, Intel has only boosted single-threaded performance by increasing their clock speeds, making their ISA long overdue for an overhaul. 

Intel's 10nm Ice Lake Processor to Release This Year with Sunny Cove Cores  

Intel's announcement places the release of Ice Lake in the second half of 2019, though it will likely take longer before we see 10nm on higher-end silicon. 

With Intel planning to release new 9th Generation H-series notebook processors in Q2, it is probably that Intel's Ice Lake silicon will be used in relatively few product designs, with Intel's "on shelves" marketing pointing towards a launch that is far from widespread. Even so, Intel's Ice Lake silicon appears to offer some impressive characteristics, making the prospect os Sunny Cove Cores on desktop an exciting one. 

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08-01-2019, 04:50:31

NeverBackDown
About time. Might be too late though if AMD launches on 7nm this yearQuote

08-01-2019, 04:53:51

Warchild
It is somewhat pleasing to see Intel playing catch up to a degree.Quote

08-01-2019, 04:56:56

looz
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
About time. Might be too late though if AMD launches on 7nm this year
Comparing Intel 10nm vs. AMD 7nm is pretty meaningless, between different processes more smaller doesn't necessarily equate to more better.Quote

08-01-2019, 05:05:36

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
About time. Might be too late though if AMD launches on 7nm this year
That depends on how good Zen 2 is. Process node isn't everything. Yes, it is an advantage, but AMD needs a big jump.

Beyond that, "too late" is a bit much, Intel has enough money to rebound. They could be behind in some markets for a few quarters, but it will take ages for Intel to sustain big damages. Rome wasn't built in a day, but it didn't collapse in a day either.

There is also the fact that AMD just launches Ryzen Mobile 3000, which means that AMD won't have 7nm mobile for another year or so, which pretty much means that Intel has a solid lock on that market for the most part.Quote

08-01-2019, 05:06:54

tgrech
Lets not forget that according to Intel they launched 10nm in Q2 2018 with Cannon Lake for mobile systems, but unless you've bought the one system that shipped in(AFAIK), a variant of the NUC, you've probably never seen it.

That time around they could only cram two cores onto the silicon with no iGPU (We can assume it's a limit to allow acceptable yields), so given that Sunny Cove is a wider architecture(As are Gen11 iGPU's vs Gen10) and they're going to have to cram a GPU on the silicon this time I seriously wouldn't expect more than dual core Intel 10nm parts in 2019, maybe quad core with a small GPU, and probably mostly for NUCs and a few ultrabooks or something along those lines.

I think there's another hint in their discussion of 10nm itself, theres no mention of performance improvements from the node, only efficiency, and the same was true for OG 14nm (Non plus) vs late 22nm, where we saw Devils Canyon give us the first hint of Intel's node woes, it'll likely take a 10nm++ (Ice lake is 10+) or so before we see clock speeds reaching acceptable desktop levels and I doubt we'll see the regular 5Ghz clocks of 14nm++++(?) for a couple of years.Quote
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