At the end of last year, we commented on the first information about Intel’s new 10 nanometer chip architecture, dubbed “Sunny Cove”. Now, the chip maker gave even more details of the chips “Ice Lake”, the manufacturer’s 10th generation.
Processors “Ice Lake” combine the new design with the graphics of the Gen11. Although with some delay, the news is positive for the manufacturers, since Intel must meet its deadline and will market the new chips from the middle of this year.
The launch is expected to usher in a new series of “thinner, faster and more capable” laptops, according to CNET. Despite production news, Intel’s new chips will not be the most powerful from the manufacturer, unlike the Core H series processors announced last month.
The first batch of 10nm chips from Intel will cover several generations of processors, from Core i3 to Core i7; they will have up to four cores and eight threads, with a maximum frequency /clock 4.1 GHz and a minimum of 1.1 GHz. As we said, the “Ice Lake” it is aimed at the notebook market and, therefore, will have options of 9W, 15W and 28W.
Intel also said it is the first to enable high-performance artificial intelligence from its technology DL Boost, capable of assisting in low latency workloads. The Gen11 graphics architecture of processors “Ice Lake” it also provides vector computing performance in the teraflop house while reducing energy consumption.
Intel Iris Plus graphics, in turn, offer almost twice the rendering performance, including HEVC encoding with 4K HDR support. In addition, they are capable of providing twice as many frames per second (frames per second, or FPS) in games than previously offered. Integrated support for Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 helps to reinforce your connectivity (Wi-Fi can even reach gigabit speeds).
The low thermal energy of processors “Ice Lake” makes them good candidates for Macs of the future, although Apple is unlikely to adopt them on high-performance devices like the MacBook Pro or the iMac Pro, for example. That is clear, if the company does not turn the key and use its own chips on Macs as well. We’ll see.