Intel has quietly revealed the existence of another, previously unknown 10nm Core processor family, Ice Lake. Here’s what we know so far about the new post-8th Generation Intel chips, including all the latest news and rumours, plus their speculative release date.
We haven’t even seen Intel’s 8th-Gen Coffee Lake chips make it out into the wild yet – they’re expected to be formally announced on August 21 – let alone witnessed anything more than a prototype running Cannon Lake, which are rumoured to be Intel’s first post-8th Generation chips.
Yet that hasn’t stopped the computing giant from teasing us with ‘what’s next’ for its Core processor family, with the firm stealthily dropping 8th Generation “successor” Ice Lake into the platforms and codenames section of its website.
There’s little known beyond the frosty name at this stage – you can register your interest in the new chips with Intel here – and the fact that Ice Lake will represent the second generation of Intel chips to be built on a 10nm architecture.
Intel is officially calling its Ice Lake process 10nm+, with Cannon Lake set to be the company’s inaugural 10nm consumer outing. Similarly, there are three generations of Intel chips based on a 14nm process: 14, 14+ and 14++.
Put simply, the smaller the fabrication process of a chip, the less power and heat it generates when in use, with the more efficient operation standing to benefit performance and battery life.
Ice Lake is likely to be launched in device-specific variants for desktops, laptops and mobiles, though a release date isn’t clear.
Assuming Intel indeed launches its final 8th Generation Coffee Lake chips this August, that would pave the way for the next significant Cannon Lake announcement in early-2018. Ice Lake could then be introduced in late-2018, or early-2019.
Intel has historically gone big at the annual CES showcase in Las Vegas, so expect to learn more about the Cannon Lake and Ice Lake roadmap then– we’ll be covering all the action live from the ground.
In other words, watch this space – and watch it close.
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