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Intel confirms Ice Lake Core processor family on 10nm+

by Mark Tyson on 15 August 2017, 12:01

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A page with a brief description of the Ice Lake Platform has appeared within Intel's processors and chipsets website section. The Ice Lake processor family is described as "a successor to the 8th generation Intel Core processor family," and it will utilise the "industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology," says Intel.

Intel officially announced that it would unveil the 8th Generation Intel Core processor family (Coffee Lake) on Monday, 21st August. We are excited to see and hear more about these new processors, as it is widely believed they will provide a big shakeup in the Core i3, i5, and i7 chip capabilities.

For example we have seen leaks suggesting there will be several 8th gen Core i7 processors in 6C/12T configuration, and even Core i3 chips might see 4C as the norm. In addition, Intel has said that the new 14nm Coffee Lake chips will offer "blazing fast performance… immersive experiences… [and facilitate] amazing system designs". Intel said performance gains of up to 30 per cent could be observed on 15W mobile processor parts (vs Kaby Lake). Recent Coffee Lake platform leaks point to there being 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes provided by the Intel Z370 Express chipset for desktop systems - that's as well as the 16 lanes for PCIe graphics cards. Coffee Lake processors should be available in devices, and for desktops, later this year.

Back to the Ice Lake news, due to the Intel statement's brevity, there's not a lot to add to the intro paragraph. It looks like Ice Lake will be the first Core processor family and platform to use Intel's industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology.

Early Intel roadmaps indicated Kaby Lake would be followed by Cannonlake on 10nm but Coffee Lake is the fourth tweak to 14nm. Perhaps Intel has decided to stride forward straight to 10nm+ due to competition from AMD Ryzen processors. The uncertainty stems from Intel's statement of Ice Lake being "a successor to the 8th generation Intel Core processor family," rather than 'the successor'. In January we heard that three 10nm Core processor families would be launched by Intel; Cannonlake, then Ice Lake, followed by Tiger Lake (following this model: Process-Architecture-Optimization).



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*Insert high temperatures joke here*
Intel will mess about on 10nm+ and 10nm++ and by that time AMD will have leapfrogged to 7nm (2019). Next two years will be interesting while AMD refines Zen next year and we see the gains and benefits make their way to the new processor node.
… as it is widely believed they will provide a big shakeup in the Core i3, i5, and i7 chip capabilities.

Except that isn't what has happened is it, they have been the recipient of a big shake up with Ryzen so are now struggling to get yields up on their reportedly iffy 10nm process to respond. I'm struggling to see anything new or exciting here.

I'm waiting for Intel to announce that they could turn off the main CPU threads and just leave the “extra” threads of an HT processor running so they can call it an i1, that would be their idea of innovation :D

(before flaming me please note the smiley and realise this is a joke, I know that isn't possible)
WHO cares if you have a 14nm processor that is more efficient and powerful than a 10nm? This nanometer race is just sweet on paper but in reality offers little change when we moved from 22nm. I am yet to see REAL improvements mostly on the intel side of things. For AMD that makes sense from 28nm to 14nm.
I dont care as long as they keep the competetion good for better prices and such :)