Today, Intel officially launched 11 new processors. Of course, we are talking about mobile chips from the Ice Lake U and Y families produced in the 10-nanometer process. It seems that the company have finally dealt with the production problems and at the end of this year the devices equipped with the aforementioned chipsets will be sold on a larger scale.
What's new from Intel?
The new tenth-generation processors are expected to be a big step forward for Intel and will establish the company as the leader in processors for notebooks and two-in-one devices. With new chips with up to 4 cores and up to 8 threads, new Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics will also debut, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+ ) will be widely introduced and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports will be available on any next-generation device.
“These 10th Gen Intel Core processors shift the paradigm for what it means to deliver leadership in mobile PC platforms. With broad-scale AI for the first time on PCs, an all-new graphics architecture, best-in-class Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 3 – all integrated onto the SoC, thanks to Intel’s 10nm process technology and architecture design – we’re opening the door to an entirely new range of experiences and innovations for the laptop," said Chris Walker, vice president of Intel and head of mobile solutions.
It's worth stopping by for a moment with artificial intelligence, which Intel says a lot about. First of all, the new processors have received a set of instructions (as part of Intel Deep Learning Boost), which allow more efficient support of neural networks and are intended to be helpful, for example, in improving the quality of images. In addition, Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (GNA) has also been introduced to enable intelligent removal of background noise during voice calls while consuming very little power.
Time for tables
Intel launches two series of processors from the Ice Lake family. Systems with lower power consumption will be marked with the letter Y (maximum TDP is 12 W) and stronger and more power-consming U (maximum TDP up to 28 W). Their specs are presented in the tables below. It is also worth noting the slightly modified markings of the new chips.
Graphic chipsets and communication
Integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics will allow you to play in 1080p resolution, create high quality videos (up to 4k), quickly apply filters and process graphics. Everything will be done by Gen 11 GPUs with up to 64 computing units, which, according to the manufacturer, deliver twice the performance of Intel UHD Graphics 620. This is a performance of up to 1 teraflop.
Another interesting feature is Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) standard, which allows the use 160 MHz channels to provide wireless connectivity at a theoretical speed of 2402 Mbps, available in 802.11 AX standard. In addition, we will have the aforementioned Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connectors and a number of standard USB 3 connectors at the forefront.
What can we expect?
On paper everything usually looks good and until there are no independent tests it is difficult to predict anything. The Core i7-1068G7 looks promising, but it can be assumed that the vast majority of users will be satisfied with the new Core i5. It is known that among companies interested in new Intel chipsets we will find Acer, Lenovo, HP and Dell. Notebooks equipped with new processors are to be placed on store shelves around Christmas.
Last update: 2019-08-01