Intel has had a tumultuous past year as it struggled to get a hold of the fast-paced market and its internal conflicts. However, after months of delays, the chipmaker has today at the Consumer Electronics Show, finally detailed its forthcoming 10nm-based platform — Ice Lake. Ice Lake, which will succeed the existing Coffee Lake platforms, is built on the company’s new Sonny Cove microarchitecture and is expected to bring a bunch of long-overdue upgrades to the PCs.
The new Ice Lake platform, in addition to offering a more efficient and powerful backbone, also features significant advancements on several other fronts. For starters, it has the latest Gen11 integrated graphics and is compatible with the company’s Adaptive Sync technology which is said to be capable of more than 1 TFLOP of performance. Thanks to the Sunny Cove cores that are better at multi-threaded parallel operations, Intel promises a major bump up especially in processing machine learning tasks too.
In addition, Ice Lake comes integrated natively with Thunderbolt 3 and the new WiFi 6 (802.11ax) wireless standard. Intel says products with the Ice Lake architecture will likely hit the shelves around this year’s holiday season from a bunch of partners such as Dell.
Apart from Ice Lake, Intel also previewed a new client platform which has been designed with the company’s new Foveros 3D packaging technology. Called Lakefield, the platform has five cores and pairs a 10nm high-performance Sunny Cove core with four Intel Atom processor-based ones. All of that in a form factor yielding a relatively smaller board which will let manufacturers reduce the size of their PCs even further. Intel says Lakefield will go into production by this year.
At its keynote, Intel even outlined a new standard for the next generation of notebooks called Project Athena. Devices under the project will be designed to be prepared for the forthcoming technologies such as 5G and Artificial Intelligence. Project Athena based laptops are expected to power on instantly, be extremely responsive, have full-day battery life and reliably connected.
Project Athena laptops will arrive by the second half of 2019, in both Windows and Chrome OS options.
Disclosure: Intel sponsored the blog editor’s flights and hotel for the press conference in Las Vegas.