Trying to understand the logic of Intel with your processors it is the same as trying to learn advanced mathematics: when you think you are starting to get the spirit of the thing, a new strange letter or unintelligible word appears to scramble everything you (thought) knew. Well – it happened again.
The processor giant recently announced a new line of tenth-generation chips within the family “Comet Lake”. The new CPUs are aimed at notebooks and bring options within the i3, i5 and i7 lines, with several configuration options and additional features, such as built-in graphics chips.
It starts to get confusing when you realize that, despite being 10th generation chips, the new processors are still manufactured with 14 nanometer architecture. As you may remember, Intel launched its first 10 nanometer chips, more advanced a few weeks ago – they are also from the 10th generation, but from the family “Ice Lake”.
Among the 8 processors launched in the new wave, we have 4 “U” type (ultra low power), aimed at ultrabooks and other compact machines, and 4 “Y” type (extremely low energy consumption), less powerful and directed at machines input devices, such as Chromebooks, and 2-in-1 devices.
Some novelties are notable in this collection of launches: we have the first Core i7 chip “U” type with 6 cores and 12 threads: this is the i7-10710U, which has clock 1.1GHz base, 4.7GHz turbo (in single core) or 3.9GHz (in all cores). The “U” type chips are also the first in the family to support LPDDR4x type RAM.
Check the specifications of the new arrivals:
Of these, we may see some of the “U” type chips in future 13-inch MacBooks Air or Pro – although Apple is more likely to choose to adopt the chips “Ice Lake”, 10nm. Intel says that its new processors will start to appear on the market on machines during the Christmas season, but for Apple, as usual, we will have to wait and see.
via The Verge