Less than a month ago, Intel debuted 11 new 10th gen processors. The company launched six new U-Series processors and Y-Series processors, dubbed Ice Lake, built on its 10nm processor technology. Today, it’s further expanding the lineup of its 10th gen processors with 8 new chips built on its 14nm process technology, dubbed Comet Lake.
The company is today launching four new U-Series processors and 4 new Y-Series processors as part of the new Comet Lake lineup. These new processors are made for thin and light laptops. Intel is marketing them as the productivity powerhouse, while Ice Lake is more focused at “bringing AI to the PC at scale”.
The new Comet Lake processors apparently enable 16% overall performance gains and over 41% better productivity and multitasking on apps like Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. Here are some of the main features of the new Comet Lake processors:
- Up to 6 cores and 12 threads
- Up to 4.9 GHz 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 1.15 GHz graphics frequency
- LPDDR4x, LPDDR3, DDR4 memory speed increase to 2666 MT/s
- Intel UHD Graphics
These 8 new processors mean Intel now has a total of 19 10th gen processors, which means the branding is incredibly confusing. The only way to differentiate between these new Comet Lake processors and the 10nm Ice Lake processors is by looking at the naming scheme — the Ice Lake processors have the level of graphics at the end of their model name since they feature Intel Iris Plus graphics, while the Comet Lake processors simply have the U/Y-series branding at the end. These are Intel products, so it’s obviously a confusing mess when it comes to branding.
Intel says we will start seeing these new processors on new devices this holiday season.