Intel Announces 10nm Tiger Lake CPUs, Releasing in 2020

Intel has redefined its product innovation model for the data-centric era of computing, which requires workload-optimized platforms and effortless customer and developer innovation. Intel discussed products like the 2019 “Lakefield” hybrid CPU that showcases Intel’s differentiated design capabilities, and said the company’s pace of innovation was increasing.

Intel’s Data Center Group expects to introduce a new Intel® Xeon® product every four to five quarters with plans to ship a 10nm-based “Ice Lake” server CPU in the first half of 2020. In the PC-centric business, Intel discussed several products in flight including “Tiger Lake,” a 10nm-based CPU planned for 2020 that will feature a new CPU core architecture, an Intel Xe graphics engine, support for the latest display technology and more.

With a range of 10nm-based products planned for 2019 and 2020, Intel’s 7nm process is also well underway. Intel’s first 7nm-based product, an Intel XArchitecture-based GP-GPU for data center artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC), is expected to launch in 2021.

Intel described a three-year financial plan to achieve 2021 total revenue between $76 billion and $78 billion while growing free cash flow and reducing spending. The company also signaled its ambition to achieve $85 billion in total revenue by 2022-2023.

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Intel 10th Gen Processors for Laptops Leaked, Might Be Out This Year

We’ve seen our fair share of leaks regarding Intel hardware in recent times, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to stop anytime soon. Thanks to reliable leakers like Momomo_us and Komachi, we now have our eyes on Intel’s 10th gen CPU line up for notebooks.

The leak shows 14nm Comet Lake U and 10nm Ice Lake U processors, which may be announced later in the second half of this year. As expected, there will be multiple SKUs in all Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 families, the rumoured names for which you can check out below:

Rumored Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake-U Processors:

  • Core i7-1065G7
  • Core i5-1035G7
  • Core i5-1035G4
  • Core i5-1035G1
  • Core i5-1034G1
  • Core i3-1005G1

The Core i7-1065G7 is expected to be the flagship, with 4 cores, a base clock of 1.3 GHz and boost clock speed of 3.5 GHz on all cores. It is said to have a TDP of 15W and will be one of the first chips to use Intel’s Gen 11 graphics.

Rumored Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-U Processors:

  • Core i7-10710U
  • Core i7-10510U
  • Core i5-10210U
  • Core i3-10110U

The top model in the 14nm Comet Lake-U CPUs is supposed to be the Core i7-10710U with 6 cores. What gives credibility to these names is an entry spotted by Twitter user TUM_APISAK that lists specs similar to the ones pointed out by the leaks, suggesting that these chips do exist and may surface soon.

Considering intel just announced the 9th gen processor line-up for laptops, it’ll be really interesting to see how and when they plan to release the 10th gen CPUs, and how the upcoming parts will fit into their plans for the existing range of products. In any case, with a bulk of new announcements expected in the next few months, things are bound to get exciting for the gaming community.

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Intel CPU Shortage To Continue Till Q3 2019

In a recent earnings conference call, Intel admitted that overcoming the CPU shortage will take until Q3 2019, despite an investment of $1.5 billion in an effort to increase the production capacity. The shortage has plagued the entire PC market since the second half of last year.

The 10nm chips are also rumoured to be revealed later this year, but no concrete information is available regarding the exact release schedule. Here’s what Intel CEO said in the call according to the transcript:

“Specific areas where we need to improve execution include meeting customer demand and delivering on our 10-nanometer lineup of products, and we are making progress. Our supply constraints have had a disruptive impact on our customers and ecosystem. We’ve committed never again to be a constraint on our customers’ growth. We’ve increased capacity to improve our position in the second half, although product mix will continue to be a challenge in the third quarter as our teams align available supply with customer demand.

As I shared earlier, our confidence in 10-nanometer is also improving. In addition to the manufacturing velocity improvement I described earlier, we expect to qualify our first volume 10-nanometer product, Icelake, this quarter and are increasing our 10-nanometer volume goals for the year. I’ll shift now to our full year outlook. Going forward, George will deliver our forecast. But given this is his third week with us, I’ll share my thoughts on our full year reset and he’ll review our first quarter results and second quarter guide.”

The interesting thing to note, is that according to Intel’s roadmap, the SKUs for CPUs will continue using the 14nm process well until the end of 2020, even 2021. Maybe even after that, which really begs the question whether Intel plans to announced the 10nm chips any time soon.

Another noteworthy factor is that due to the shortage of CPUs, Intel has been jacking up the prices of currently available processors, while AMD prices have remained more or less stable. This has led to AMD gaining a considerable share in the CPU market, and if the trend continues, it could very well spell trouble for the blue team.

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Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake CPUs Coming Later This Year

After an incredibly long wait, it seems like we may finally get to see Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processors this year.

In its Q1 earnings call, Intel confirmed that the 10nm CPUs are well in development and will be revealed sometime this year for laptops. The production was started in Q1, but the notebook chips will start shipping by Q3 and should be available in stores by the end of 2019. The first one is expected to be an updated Dell XPS laptop.

The Ice Lake CPUs will use Intel’s 10nm Sunny Cove architecture, which was first announced back in 2015. Since then, Intel has faced a lot of problems which led to rumours that the company might just cancel the 10nm production entirely, but this news should finally put those rumours to rest.

These processors are expected to come with a huge performance bump. Intel has confirmed that these will be the first chips to have Gen11 integrated graphics. Apart from that, they will also have built-in Thunderbolt and WiFi 6 support.

Recently, Intel revealed its line-up of 9th gen processors for laptops, including the 8 core/16 thread, unlocked Core i9-9980HK that boosts up to a whopping 5 GHz. The line-up ranges all the way from Core i5 processors to i9, and are available in the latest laptops from all major partners, with graphics options ranging from GTX 1650 to the RTX 2080 MaxQ.

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