Intel Unveils Its 10th-gen Processors at Computex 2019

Thursday, 30 May, 2019

While Ice Lake was the biggest announcement from Intel, the company also announced 9th-gen Intel Core VPro processors for mobile and desktop, which are built with business users in mind.

The story of Intel's 10nm is a long and drawn out one, which we covered when we reviewed the first 10nm CPU, Cannon Lake, which only ended up in some limited Chinese system launch. The new Core i7 is around two and a half times faster than last year's when processing images through the ResNet-50 deep learning interface.

Moving on to some details about the Gen 11 graphics, Intel is claiming a "smooth gaming experience" will become a feature of the new Ice Lake mobile processors.

To put that into perspective it is much better than what you now find in an Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro. It could be related to graphics, given that Intel will launch CPUs with 32 EUs, 48 EUs, or 64 EUs. The previously leaked roadmap suggests the early models will be a dual-core Ice Lake-Y SKU and dual- and quad-core Ice Lake-U models.

Ice Lake is technically the second-generation of 10nm parts that Intel has worked on.

Better Graphics Capabilities: Iris Plus graphics and the Gen11 graphics architecture should deliver a number of improvements in Ice Lake-powered machines. As part of the keynote, Bryant demonstrated how Intel and its industry partners are transforming intelligent computing for our data-centric world and the PC's role in powering the human edge.

At Intel's keynote today at Computex, Icelake was the main subject of their presentation.

Recently, Intel released its powerful 9th generation laptop CPUs and at the same time they gave a hint about the upcoming "Ice Lake" CPUs. According to Intel's own benchmarks, the Sunny Cove computing cores can complete instructions per cycle on average 18 percent faster than what Skylake can muster. In return, this will improve PC performance.

"Smart performance: the first Intel processors created to offer high-performance artificial intelligence in notebooks offer artificial intelligence performance about 2.5 times higher thanks to Intel DL Boost for low latency workloads". Admittedly, Intel didn't actually provide any frame rate figures in their press bumpf - only that it was running on Low quality at 1080p - but that's still reasonably impressive for an integrated graphics chip. Intel didn't offer any benchmarks on the battery-life front.

Core functionality aside, the new chips are also incorporating some of the latest I/O features.

The processors also include Wi-Fi 6 technologies, which is the next generation of cellular interconnectivity. Small, versatile, and loaded with computing power, the Ultrabook standard redefined laptops as slim and lightweight devices capable of taking care of numerous tasks once designated to desktops. Intel's Gig+ implementation is rather new and it will enable high wireless speeds of more than 1 Gbps. For the Wi-Fi 6 there will be a small radio module that manufactures can buy. They promised many improvements, including integrated Thunderbolt 3, WIFI generation 6 (Wireless AX), a new microarchitecture, and a new integrated GPU. While we're not sure what the results will be when the new processors release, it is interesting to think that a Surface Pro would have the kind of power needed to run triple A games like that. Hopefully, those designs will pack the new 10th-gen Intel Ice Lake chips as well. The US chip manufacturer promoted the compelling performance and cost-effectiveness of the Ryzen 3000 chip family compared to the offerings from rival Intel.