Intel expanded its 10th gen Intel Core processor offerings today, with eight additional SKUs. The new processors will fit in the U- and Y-Series 10th gen Intel Core processors for mobile computing and were previously codenamed Comet Lake. Intel refers to the new processor selection as "performance powerhouses that bring double digit performance gains compared with the previous generation." Some of the chips launched today include the first 6C/12T processors ever in the U-Series, and the range offers faster frequencies, faster memory interfaces, Wi-Fi 6 and broader scaling of Thunderbolt 3.
Highlights of the new range of Comet Lake processors are as follows:
- Up to 6 cores and 12 threads
- Up to 4.9GHz max turbo frequency
- Up to 12MB Intel Smart Cache
- Configurable up to 25W for maximum performance (U-series)
- Configurable down to 4.5W for 4-core fanless designs (Y-series)
- Up to 1.15GHz graphics frequency
- LPDDR4x, LPDDR3, DDR4 memory speed increase to 2666MT/s
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Unlike the previously announced Ice Lake parts from earlier this month, these 10th gen chips are fabricated at 14nm (one gen – two architectures). Intel reminds us that the 10th gen Intel Core processors include the intra-node optimisations on its highly optimised 14nm process technology that enable up to 16 per cent overall performance gains and over 41 per cent better productivity and multitasking in apps like MS Office (Intel Core i7 -10710U (CML-U 6+2) vs Intel Core i7-8565U (WHL-U4+2)). None of this extra performance impacts battery life, insists Intel, and the faster modern connectivity options are a boon to users too.
The new Comet Lake processors feature Intel Adaptix Technology. This feature facilitates faster wake and multiple voice assistant services, as well as enabling OEMs to tune systems for between 8 and 12 per cent more performance, typically. Select OEM system designs go further with Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology for AI-based pre-trained algorithms to predict workloads and allow higher turbo bursts for responsiveness, or extended turbo times for sustained workloads.
Intel says that laptops and 2-in-1s powered by the new 10th Gen Intel Core processors will be available from PC manufacturers ahead of Xmas. Some Comet Lake systems are heading for Project Athena verification too, it says.