Intel's first 10nm Ice Lake CPUs are finally coming later this year

Intel's first 10nm Ice Lake CPUs are finally coming later this year

In its presentation Intel briefly discussed the likes of 10nm Ice Lake processors, hybrid 10nm Lakefield CPUs, and Project Athena laptops, as well as other non-PC-centric specific stuff like automotive, IoT, sports, AI, networking and 5G, etc.

Ice Lake will feature integrated Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). Intel's new Ice Lake 10nm PC processors will also feature integration with Intel's new Sunny Cove microarchitecture, Intel Gen11 graphics, and improved AI usage and graphics processing.

Intel's Lakefield motherboard prototype is an imaginative look at how 10nm chips could enable a new generation of devices whose computing guts like the CPU and wireless radios take up a much smaller percentage of interior space. The big core is a single Sunny Cove core, with four smaller Atom cores available for less-intensive workloads. The new chips, such as the six-core Core i5-9400, have integrated graphics processors and are created to be used in mainstream consumer desktops.

In the meantime, the company is adding to its existing lineup of 9th generation CPUs.

Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president in the Data Center Group, announced the Nervana Neural Network Processor for Inference (NNP-I), which will go into production this year. Ice Lake device battery life will be stellar, according to Intel, and prospective buyers will also benefit from super-thin, ultra-mobile designs with excellent responsiveness.

The company is expecting its OEM partners to have devices with Ice Lake by the end of 2019.

Though it's a bit vague, and perhaps just an exercise in branding to combat AMD mobile, Intel has ready-and-willing big-name sign-ups including Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Innolux, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung and Sharp.

Ice Lake is the code name for Intel's first volume 10nm PC processor family.

Lakefield is expected to be in production this year. That includes 9th Gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 chips.

The last bit of news on the CPU front was the introduction of six new 9th Gen Core CPUs for based on the Coffee Lake architecture, spanning the Core i3 to Core i9 tiers.

Project Athena Intel's Project Athena focuses on advanced laptops that are going to support 5G and AI.

A Neural Network Processor for Training, code-named "Spring Crest", is also set to become available later this year.

Additionally, Intel announced a new 10nm SoC codenamed Snow Ridge specifically for 5G wireless infrastructure equipment such as base stations.

"This network SoC is meant to bring Intel architecture into wireless access base stations and allow more computing functions to be distributed out at the edge of the network", Intel said. The new chip comes with Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel DL Boost used to harness AI capabilities.