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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  • Machinus - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    Meanwhile, we're about to order 16-core 7nm AMD chips...for the DESKTOP!
  • imaheadcase - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    Yah that like %1 of people will actually be able to use.... for the DESKTOP!
  • trivik12 - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    Desktops are irrelevant. Corporate issuances(biggest use of laptops) are almost completely laptop. Personal use is moving more towards mobiles and ipads(and may be chromebooks). Both Intel and AMD are irrelevant on the mobile side.
  • catavalon21 - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    Depends on the company. I work for a company with 100k+ employees, and due to the significantly higher likelihood of device theft, have begun migrating from laptops-for-most back to desktops-for-most.
  • repoman27 - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    But that also means your company still provides desks for a good chunk of 100k+ employees, which is bucking the trend of making everyone a virtual / work-from-home employee to cut costs.
  • eek2121 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    The work from home trend is actually reversing. More and more companies are starting to require a "work in office, but take your laptop home in case of disaster" type scenario.
  • Lord of the Bored - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    "Work in the office where we know you're devoting your full attention to us, then take your laptop home and work from home too, so we know you are devoting your full life to us."
  • ballsystemlord - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

    Ah, the refreshing cynical viewpoint.
    More seriously, I've read several articles where Amazon does just that.
  • 29a - Saturday, July 27, 2019 - link

  • Icehawk - Sunday, July 28, 2019 - link

    Indeed. The company I work for is shooting themselves in the foot - they are taking away free phones to save $700k in carrier fees annually but didn’t bother to calculate all the free hours they get out of their employees because of them. Thank god I am a contractor but regardless I don’t work a second I’m not paid for.

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