American multinational chipmaker Intel is almost ready to ship its 10nm processors in large quantities. After delaying it for years, the semiconductor giant has announced that it will begin shipping its 10nm mobile Ice Lake processors in June this year. However, even now, it is not certain when we will get to see the first laptops that are based on these new parts. But then, it is worth mentioning that Intel is boasting about a Core i7 quad-core chip that it will launch in future.
The company has touted that the upcoming Core i7 quad-core chip will come with twice the graphics performance, twice the video transcoding speed and up to three times enhanced AI enhancements over its 8th-gen counterpart. While that is a big improvement over the predecessor, we should mention that you would not be able to do heavy duty work on it for long.
Intel has said that we can expect to see “multiple” 10nm chips throughout 2019 and 2020 and this will include a GPU for general purposes and server-side processors. The chips will also come with some special parts like an AI-focussed Nervana.
It is worth mentioning that you will have to wait for some time before the devices with 7nm chips hit the stores. We should also add that the first product that is based on smaller and denser technology – Xe-based general-purpose GPU – is due to release in 2021. But then, you certainly can expect some gains from it.
The company is expecting a boost of 20 percent in performance per watt and Intel has also added that the extreme ultraviolet lithography that is required to make the chipset should be useful for “multiple” generations of smaller processors.
The chipmaker is opening the floodgates in a number of ways. The struggle of the company to manufacture 10nm chips has somewhere held it back and given its rivals like AMD an advantage. While some have been able to catch up to Intel, some have surpassed it. But then we should add that their processes are not exactly comparable at all times.
Needless to say, that does not look very good for a company that once took pride in consistently offering the fastest CPUs. Intel has also started offering generation-to-generation improvements without adding on too many cores to its chipsets. With this, everyday users have reasons to upgrade their PC after they skipped incremental revisions by Intel for years.
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