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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  • lazarpandar - Sunday, July 28, 2019 - link

    Erm.. most laptops are used docked.
  • Oliseo - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - link

    "Desktops are irrelevant."

    Proof please, otherwise I can safely assume your some kid in mummies bedroom pretending to be a grown up.
  • khanikun - Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - link

    Some companies have moved to thin clients. We use Dell Wyse DX0D thin clients for like 90% of our work force. Roughly 2k people. Which still use the low tier Intel or AMD procs. Like Atom or something.

    I also don't see how both Intel and AMD are irrelevant on the mobile side, cause they're both still in your laptops, ultra books, Chromebooks, etc. Android and iPads is where they aren't. Sure, everyone has some kind of Android or iOS phone, but not so much Android tablets or iPads.

    Most still rock some kind of cheap PC laptop. Especially when you can get them for a lower price than many Android tablets or iPads.
  • eek2121 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    You can always benefit from more cores, especially if clock speed isn't sacrificed. Right now just browsing the internet and having a few background apps open I have 229 processes and over 3000 threads. I get occasional small spikes on every core + smt from those processes/threads. The system is smooth and responsive. Usually the guys saying that 16 core CPUs (or 8 core for that matter) the the same guys running quad core CPUs, SATA drives, and low end GPUs.
  • LogitechFan - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    Yeah, because we all know that browsing on something with fewer than 16 cores is a fucking nightmare!
  • jospoortvliet - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    Maybe not and 16 might be overkill for browsing but websites get heavier and browsers are building multithreaded browser engines - Firefox is halfway there and the rest will follow.
  • azfacea - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    it depends on what you are browsing. saying browser does nt need 16 cores is like saying .net programs dont need 16 cores. what does javascript have to do with core count
  • bobhumplick - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    those are going to be a big step up from previous mainstream chips for mutlithreaded work. but its disappointing that a chip as old as a 8700k or even a 7700k has the same single thread performance when either chip is clocked to its max. ill declare victory for amd when an intel and amd chip, both clocked at their max, and the amd chip wins in both. but right now they really are pulling ahead. but you have to realize its not just because they are doing so well but mostly because intel are sidetracked. amd fully expected to launch these chips and be just behind intel. and if intel had gotten sunnycove and 10nm out they would have been.
  • eek2121 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    We haven't seen benchmarks from the 3950X yet, and AMD has AGESA issues to sort out. You will also note that coffee lake was Intel's last big hurrah. The 9900k simply features 2 additional cores and a higher single core boost. No IPC increase. Intel has hit a wall. Note that I'm not a fanboy at all, simply acknowledging the truth. I also take issue with Intel (and now AMD to a certain extent) are lying about TDP.
  • jospoortvliet - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    You just read an article where intel claims a 18% IPC increase in their latest chips. They are not yet for desktop and don’t clock well, granted, but see at what speeds the first 14nm chips hit the market and see what they do now. Then you know where 10nm is going.

    Amd and TSMC will have to ramp up clock speeds on their 7nm quick. I expect a refresh next year with better clocks, I hope at least 500mhz on top of what the current chips promise-but-do-not-deliver... otherwise intel might come back quick.

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