Ice Usually Expands
Intel is reportedly on the cusp of producing 10nm Ice Lake parts in volume, with availability starting around the end of the year. As expected this launch will focus on mobile chips with low power requirements, likely quad-core parts at 25W or lower. Intel described the benefits to the new process to The Inquirer as offering “three times faster wireless speeds, two times faster video transcode speeds, two times faster graphics performance“. There is little news about 10nm on the desktop, so they could well still be six months to a year away from an announcement, though we will be keeping our ears open for any rumours.
Interestingly, they are already touting the development of 7nm Xe chips for HPC applications as well as reminding us of the upcoming release of Raja’s discrete GPU based on a similar design.
INTEL RECKONS it'll begin cranking out 10-nanometre based Ice Lake processors in June, ready for volume shipment in laptops, likely sometime at the end of the year and early 2020.