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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  • deil - Monday, July 29, 2019 - link

    WFH is proven to be less effective if used more than 1 day a week. Communication overhead was much higher. And yes I agree that I see it often that people have desktop (windows/linux) + mac.
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - link

    The worst of both worlds. Not only do you have to be in the office, but you have to lug the laptop both ways with you every day as well with no reward.
  • willis936 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    I too can make up facts to support my narrative.
  • Flunk - Sunday, July 28, 2019 - link

    Employers are realizing that for less motivated employees "work from home" means "do half the work".
  • FreckledTrout - Monday, July 29, 2019 - link

    Let's be honest they wont be motivated at work either. I think you will find working from home just makes it easier to figure out who are the slackers you need to toss out.
  • melgross - Monday, July 29, 2019 - link

    The truth is that there has never been a whole lot of that. Also, it hasn’t worked out as well as hoped. It turns out that true face to face interactions are better.
  • Samus - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    This is the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard. You're telling me there is a corporate trend toward less autonomy and portability because of...device theft?

    Enterprise packaging and volume sales numbers don't back that statement up. Desktop PC's have been declining (5% loss YoY) for a decade, while mobile PC's have been basically neutral ( less than 10% loss of growth over a NINE year period, mostly offset by tablet sales) while projections show desktop sales to continue falling and mobile sales to begin rising as has been the case lately since the introduction of Coffee Lake - a milestone for laptop performance improvements (twice as many cores, over 30% productivity performance improvement, for the same amount of power)

    AT won't let me publish the Statista link so you will just have to Google it for reference.
  • Marlin1975 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    Device theft is one of the excuses companies are using in some places. "Synergy" or team environment is also another term being used to tell people they can't work from home or remotely. IBM is using that as an excuse to get people to quit so they don't have to pay severance or report layoffs.
  • FreckledTrout - Monday, July 29, 2019 - link

    Honestly it's just going to be poor upper management at this company t hat is moving towards desktops. The worse the management is the closer they want their employees and the more micromanaging you will see.
  • Oliseo - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - link

    "Honestly it's just going to be poor upper management at this company t hat is moving towards desktops. The worse the management is the closer they want their employees and the more micromanaging you will see. "

    For the life of me I cannot fathom why people come out with this guff and expect not to be challenged on it.

    I think what's happened, is there are so many people talking absolute BS on the Internet these days, that people don't get pulled up, and then carry on believing they're correct.

    What's actually happened is that YOU have had a run in with someone in YOUR upper management, and so because people are generally stupid, you extrapolate YOUR personal experience to being factual accross the entire board.

    Don't worry though, you're far from being alone in this. It's the Facebook Generation, they are all guily of it somewhat. From "Journalists" at (Once) "Respected Publishers", to glass collectors, to Police Officers, and so on.

    I call it the "Pub" test. Could you say what you did in a pub and get away with it. The difference being that in a Pub it would be YOU who has to walk out in shame for talking absolute BS after people publically correct you.

    Whilst online, you can surround yourselves with other idiots who are prepared to agree with whatever BS you come out with so long as you do the same in return (AKA the Echo Chamber).

    Still, if you were to correct every last soul on the Internet whose chatting BS, and saying their personal experience as absolute facts, you'd need more time than the universe is able to provide.

    So, I leave in it the hands of whatever religion is in fashion this year, pray to those volcano Gods...

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