Intel Demonstrates 10nm Chips at CES

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.”

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Intel customers have been settling for out-of-date 14 nm chipsets for years, but it looks like that’s going to change later this calendar year: The processor giant said this week that it would deliver its first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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  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 11:09 am

    <p>Lakefield will allow for even thinner machines? Yay! Even <em>more</em> 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.</p>

    • evox81

      Premium Member
      08 January, 2019 - 11:20 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392813">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>For goodness' sake, don't give them ideas!</p>

    • madthinus

      Premium Member
      08 January, 2019 - 12:09 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392813">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Lakefrield is actually very interesting. It has a single high speed core based core and 4 atom based cores packaged together. </p>

  • david.thunderbird

    08 January, 2019 - 11:35 am

    <p>Late 2019? Might as well plan on 2021 or maybe never.</p>

  • martinusv2

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 11:38 am

    <p>Did they fixed all 8 variant of Spectre in those chips?</p>

  • bluvg

    08 January, 2019 - 11:59 am

    <p>Nothing about security fixes?</p>

    • madthinus

      Premium Member
      08 January, 2019 - 4:01 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392825">In reply to bluvg:</a></em></blockquote><p>Spector v1 fixed in hardware for ice lake. </p>

  • donaselfies

    08 January, 2019 - 12:02 pm

    <p>RIP, AMD. You had 15min of fame with Ryzen – now daddy's comin home.</p>

    • FalseAgent

      08 January, 2019 - 2:14 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392827">In reply to donaselfies:</a></em></blockquote><p>you do know that these chips launch earliest at the end of 2019, right?</p>

      • CaedenV

        09 January, 2019 - 6:25 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#392875">In reply to FalseAgent:</a></em></blockquote><p>And Ryzen 3 (zen2) will be on 7nm, or at least have some SKUs on 7nm. I have always been an Intel fanboy, but man have they been disappointing the past few years. Intel got where it is because they had a road map, and they hit or beat their road map every single time for years. Businesses and OEMs knew what to expect and could build their own roadmaps around it where with AMD they never knew what to expect.</p>

    • Greg Green

      09 January, 2019 - 1:17 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392827">In reply to donaselfies:</a></em></blockquote><p>You’d better hope not. Intel without competition makes very expensive products. </p><p><br></p><p>And if home is 10 nm, intel is still looking for it.</p>

  • mattbg

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 12:09 pm

    <p>Once we get 10nm chips then things will be better and we'll all be happy.</p><p><br></p><p>I don't understand the focus on a manufacturing process.</p><p><br></p><p>Moving on from 9th Gen, the next one should be called Generation X.</p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    08 January, 2019 - 12:14 pm

    <p>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. </p>

    • Daekar

      08 January, 2019 - 12:18 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#392831">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>Did they <em>buy</em> the Core architecture from a company in Israel? I'm a bit fuzzy on this, but I would've sworn it was from an outside company.</p>

      • evox81

        Premium Member
        08 January, 2019 - 1:08 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#392833">In reply to Daekar:</a></em></blockquote><p>No. The Core architecture was a revamp of the P6 (Pentium Pro)/Pentium M architecture… both decidedly Intel designs. You might be thinking of Intel's team in Israel, who played a large role in the devolopment of Pentium M and later the Core architecture.</p>

  • shameermulji

    08 January, 2019 - 1:07 pm

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">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."</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">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.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">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.</span></p>

    • NoFlames

      08 January, 2019 - 1:37 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#392838"><em>In reply to shameermulji:</em></a><em> Do you have knowledge that a redesigned Surface Pro is due this year, or is that speculation? I would speculate the new Surface Pro based upon this chipset coming in 2020.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • shameermulji

        08 January, 2019 - 2:16 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#392863">In reply to NoFlames:</a></em></blockquote><p>Brad Sams wrote an article late last year, per his sources, that there's a re-designed Surface Pro coming out this year. The timing of this new device and Intel's new chipset / processor lines up nicely</p>

        • timo47

          Premium Member
          08 January, 2019 - 4:21 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#392877">In reply to shameermulji:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>After the Skylake fiasco with Surface Pro 4 &amp; Surface Book, I seriously doubt MS is going the release their "re-designed" Surface Pro with unproven, brand new processors.</p>

  • FalseAgent

    08 January, 2019 - 2:17 pm

    <p>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. </p>

  • John Craig

    08 January, 2019 - 4:41 pm

    <p>2025 prediction: Intel, a division of AMD…..AMD, a subsidiary of Qualcomm ?</p>

  • santosh_d9

    17 January, 2019 - 7:22 am

    <p>It would have been better if it came a few years ago like <a href="; target="_blank">Government job</a>.</p>

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