10nm architecture processors has been a goal for Intel for many years. The delays were numerous, but 2019 will be the year Intel finally jumps the hurdle that is 10nm and we see the launch of the first Ice Lake laptops in the middle of the year. With mobile Ice Lake CPUs now shipping, we can look forward to as many as 35 Ice Lake laptop designs by the end of the year.
But desktop 10nm chips still seem quite distant, with Intel admitting that it has fallen years behind AMD in the race to ever smaller process technology.
Pricing and availability
Ice Lake was officially announced at CES 2019 and though it was initially given a rough release date of Holiday Season 2019, it was only a few months later that Intel began announcing mobile Ice Lake CPUs for laptops and 2-in-1s. The focus is on Y and U-series chips first. Intel says we’ll see as many as 35 laptop designs from different manufacturers by the end of the year and started shipping out the first of its Ice Lake mobile chips at the start of August.
“We integrated a 4×32 LPDDDR4 3733 dual-rank system that supports up to 32GB,” Intel Fellow and Chief Client Architect Becky Loop said earlier this year. “That gives us 50GB to 60GB of bandwidth that actually feeds your display, graphics, media, multi-threaded performance for your cores. On top of just providing the LPDDDR4, we also have gearing mode to handle autonomously in hardware the ability to dynamically change the frequency of memory on the system. So based on the workload, we can optimize the power and performance on the system to give you better performance and responsiveness.”