Intel has begun shipments of its 10th generation Core "Ice Lake" processors as of the second quarter, according to the company in an earnings call this week. Made using Intel’s 10nm process technology, these laptop CPUs were qualified by OEMs earlier in 2019 and are on track to reach the market inside mobile PCs by the holiday season.

As reported, Intel began to produce Ice Lake processors in the first quarter in a bid to build up inventory to support a high-volume launch in the second half of the year. The processors passed qualification by PC makers in Q1 – Q2, and then Intel started to ship them for revenue later in the quarter, which was a little bit earlier than anticipated by various market observers. Keeping in mind the lead-time required to get assembled PCs on to store shelves, Ice Lake-powered PCs are well on track to hit the market in Q4 with some machines possibly reaching retailers earlier than that.

Bob Swan, CEO of Intel, stated the following:

  • “We began shipping Ice Lake client [CPUs] in the second quarter supporting systems on the shelf for the holiday selling season.”

Intel formally introduced its laptop-focused Ice Lake-U and Ice Lake-Y CPUs, which are based on the Sunny Cove microarchitecture, in late May. Officially called ‘Intel 10th Generation Core’ processors, the family includes 11 chips (ranging from Core i3 to Core i7) featuring two or four general-purpose CPU cores as well as various GPU configurations and coming to market with 9W, 15W, and 28W TDP variants.

On the CPU side of things, Intel promises an average 18% raw clock-for-clock performance uplift compared to the Skylake core released in 2016 (which has been used with small tweaks since then) along with VNNI and Cryptographic ISA instructions. On the GPU side of matters, Ice Lake CPUs will integrate Intel’s Gen11 graphics core with up to 64 execution units, with Intel promising significant performance improvements as well. The updated iGPU will also natively support DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b outputs as well as HDCP 2.2 technology.

As is traditional for Intel’s lower-power mobile parts, the new Ice Lake processors will come with on-package chipsets. The new 300-series chipsets for ICL will natively support USB 3.1 Gen 2, Wi-Fi 6 MAC (RF module will be sold separately), PCIe 3.0, and other features.

Overall, Intel’s road to high-volume production of 10nm CPUs has been long and bumpy; but it looks like the company is finally turning a corner in time for their Q4 launch.

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  • azfacea - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    intel is lying again. 10nm has launched before. i'll believe it when i see it Reply
  • eva02langley - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    4 cores laptop chips... Reply
  • eva02langley - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    And 4.1 GHz... Reply
  • azfacea - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    actually only 3.9 GHz in laptop SKUs Reply
  • yannigr2 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    Oh, look, 4 cores. We are back at 2009 again. Reply
  • Ironchef3500 - Monday, July 29, 2019 - link

    +1 Reply
  • 1_rick - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    If I remember correctly, those Ryzen chips drastically dropped performance when undervolted so much. Reply
  • name99 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    That’s not the point. The point, I think, is that it suggests that the existing AMD chips provide a fairly easy path to laptops as soon as AMD wants to make that move. At least that was my interpretation of why the issue was being raised. Reply
  • 1_rick - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    "You just read an article where intel claims a 18% IPC increase in their latest chips."

    That's 18% *over Skylake*, not over the 9th gen.
  • repoman27 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    Let me just pull up my graph of IPC improvements going from Skylake to Kaby Lake, Kaby Lake Refresh, Coffee Lake, Coffee Lake Refresh, Amber Lake, Whiskey Lake, and Comet Lake:


    Doesn’t matter which “gen” you choose from, 7th, 8th, 9th, or even 10th, Skylake cores all have the same IPC. Cannon Lake did show some modest IPC gains, but seeing as only 10K or so units ever shipped, it’s not really a meaningful comparison.

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