Intel Demonstrates 10nm Chips at CES

Posted on January 8, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware with 22 Comments

It wasn’t the first such demo, but it was most certainly the biggest: Intel this week finally showed off its coming 10nm Core and Xeon chipsets to a big audience at CES, and promised to deliver this long-awaited milestone by late 2019.

“Anyone can claim leadership in an isolated use case, but at Intel our aim is broader,” Intel’s Gregory Bryant said, in an ironic nod to the company’s inability to ship 10nm chips in anything other than isolated cases so far. “The next era of computing demands innovation at an entirely different level – one that encompasses the entire ecosystem and spans every facet of computing, connectivity and more. We won’t settle for anything less.”

Intel customers have been settling for out-of-date 14 nm chipsets for years, but it looks like that’s going to change later this calendar year: The processor giant said this week that it would deliver its first 10nm chipsets, codenamed Ice Lake, by the fourth quarter of 2019 and in time for the holidays. That’s about three and a half years later than originally promised.

Based on Intel’s Sunny Cove architecture, Ice Lake will include both Core and Xeon chipsets and, like all Intel processor families, will ship over a period of time. The first versions will support Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 out of the box, and it will support hardware-accelerated AI and graphics capabilities.

In addition to Ice Lake, Intel also showcased other upcoming hardware technologies.

Among them:

Project Athena. A PC maker partner program to help usher in a new age of 5G- and AI-based PCs. Most major PC makers are on board, as is Microsoft.

Lakefield (Preview). This coming hybrid PC architecture will be packaged in a new 3D manufacturing technology and will allow for even thinner and lighter PC designs.

More 9th-generation Core processors. Intel is expanding its 9th-generation Core chipsets to support a broader spectrum of desktop computers with world-class performance.

Cascade Lake. The firm’s upcoming Xeon processor family will support Optane DC persistent memory, and Intel DL Boost for accelerated AI. It will ship in the first half of 2019.


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22 responses to “Intel Demonstrates 10nm Chips at CES”

  1. jimchamplin

    Lakefield will allow for even thinner machines? Yay! Even more compromised designs in the pursuit of thin! Are they going to just mold it out of a slab of poly, with all of the components locked away inside forever? That way they never have to worry about us consumers repairing anything ever again.

  2. madthinus

    I feel like Intel is the company to watch. The 10nm process is their Pentium 4 moment. They made a big bet and it was a dead end street. They answered with Core and set off for the next decade of success. That last architecture day was interesting. They showed alot of experimental ideals. They made big changes inside to address the lateness of 10nm. So one has to keep an eye on them. If I was AMD, Qualcomm. I will sleep less easy.

  3. John Craig

    2025 prediction: Intel, a division of AMD.....AMD, a subsidiary of Qualcomm ?

  4. FalseAgent

    All of this is still talk, they did not announce any processor SKUs and they've only given a release window, which i'm skeptical of because they've missed all of their own 10nm release windows for the past 3 years.

  5. shameermulji

    "The first versions will support Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 out of the box, and it will support hardware-accelerated AI and graphics capabilities."

    The first of Ice Lake will also be based on Intel's 15W U-series processors and feature their next-generation Gen11 GPU. This is suppose to be availabe in systems coming out for holiday 2019. Guess what else is suppose to be unveiled around that time? The next generation redesigned Surface Pro. Coincidence? I don't think so.

    The beauty of Intel's mobile Ice Lake processors is they will support low-power LP-DDR4 RAM. That will allow mobile devices like the Surface Pro, where power consumption is paramount, to support up to 32GB RAM.

  6. mattbg

    Once we get 10nm chips then things will be better and we'll all be happy.

    I don't understand the focus on a manufacturing process.

    Moving on from 9th Gen, the next one should be called Generation X.

  7. donaselfies

    RIP, AMD. You had 15min of fame with Ryzen - now daddy's comin home.

  8. bluvg

    Nothing about security fixes?

  9. martinusv2

    Did they fixed all 8 variant of Spectre in those chips?

  10. david.thunderbird

    Late 2019? Might as well plan on 2021 or maybe never.

  11. santosh_d9

    It would have been better if it came a few years ago like Government job.

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