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Intel

Intel had a giant presentation at CES final yr, which was unusual, as a result of the corporate did not actually have many issues to announce. The delays to its 10nm manufacturing course of meant that, as a substitute of thrilling new chips, the most effective we might actually hope for was rehashed variations of its present chips, which duly arrived. This yr’s presentation was very completely different. The corporate’s 10nm course of is lastly as a result of obtain quantity manufacturing this yr, and late final yr the corporate advised us that 10nm was bringing with it a brand new structure named Sunny Cove, a brand new, a lot sooner GPU, and new manufacturing strategies with 3D die stacking. All this meant that the presentation might really introduce a spread of latest merchandise that may ship in 2019.

10nm processors for the plenty: Ice Lake-U

Crucial product introduced, as it would probably be the highest-volume half, is Ice Lake-U. This can be a 10nm cellular processor with a Sunny Cove CPU and a Gen11 GPU. Since its 2015 introduction, Intel has produced a variety of variations of its Skylake structure. Efficiency enhancements have come from growing clock speeds and core counts, with the core design primarily unaltered. Sunny Cove, against this, is a significant replace to and enchancment of that structure and can signify Intel’s first enchancment in instructions-per-cycle in 4 years. Which means that it ought to provide across-the-board efficiency enhancements, no matter workload. The Ice Lake-U elements will retain the U-series 15W energy score and can provide a most of 4 cores and eight threads.

The Gen11 GPU is equally slated to present a giant efficiency enhance. The usual configuration (named GT2 in Intel’s parlance) will embody 64 execution models as in comparison with the 24 execution models which are commonplace in Skylake/Kaby Lake/Espresso Lake processors. This may greater than double the floating level efficiency of the GPU from about 420 gigaFLOPS to 1 teraFLOPS. This elevated efficiency will increase the reminiscence bandwidth necessities of the GPU, and the chip will accordingly sport two channels of LPDDR4X reminiscence.

The built-in chipset additionally contains a few notable new options: it contains Thunderbolt three assist, eradicating the necessity for a separate Alpine Ridge controller, and a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) controller.

Ice Lake can even embody improved protections in opposition to sure sorts of Spectre assault, past the prevailing Meltdown and Spectre safety already delivery within the newest Espresso Lake and Whiskey Lake chips.

A still-mysterious, ultra-low-power x86 hybrid and Venture Athena

When introducing its Foveros 3D die stacking, Intel stated that it had developed a chip with a Sunny Cove core and 4 Tremont Atom cores constructed on the 10nm course of, stacked on a separate 14nm die used for I/O similar to PCIe, USB, DDR, and SATA. That chip now has a reputation—Lakefield. Intel stated that it put the chip collectively to satisfy a buyer requirement for a processor with a 2mW standby energy however will promote the half to any OEM that wishes it. We nonetheless do not know who that unique buyer is or exactly what the supposed function is for the processor, however its diminutive dimension signifies that it might discover a place in a pill or ultra-thin laptop computer.

Intel additionally introduced Venture Athena, a brand new initiative to form the course of the PC market. Much like the Ultrabook program, Intel has set tips for the options laptop computer ought to have within the yr 2020 and past. The spec will likely be up to date yearly to emphasise no matter options Intel thinks are most essential at any given time, with a broad concentrate on battery life, synthetic intelligence, and always-online connectivity (together with 5G). Licensed Athena techniques ought to come within the second half of the yr, with each Home windows and Chrome OS as a result of arrive.

Lastly, the corporate introduced just a few extra “ninth era” Core processors utilizing the Espresso Lake-Refresh design. Becoming a member of the three present ninth era elements are 5 extra chips: the i9-9900KF, i7-9700KF, i5-9600KF, i5-9400, i5-9400F, i3-9350KF. The Okay suffix as earlier than denotes overclockability; the F suffix is new and signifies that the chip has no built-in GPU (or, extra probably, that the built-in GPU is flawed and non-functional). Oddly, solely the 9400F seems to have a worth, and Intel is obscure on when the processors will ship, however they are going to presumably launch as quickly as later this month.

Mannequin
Cores/Threads
Clock base/enhance​/GHz
Stage three cache/MB
TDP/W
DDR4​/MHz
GPU
Worth

i9‍-‍9900Okay
eight/16
three.6/5.zero
16
95
2,666
UHD 630
$488

i9‍-‍9900KF
eight/16
three.6/5.zero
16
95
2,666

i7‍-‍9700Okay
eight/eight
three.6/four.9
12
95
2,666
UHD 630
$374

i7‍-‍9700KF
eight/eight
three.6/four.9
12
95
2,666

i5‍-‍9600Okay
6/6
three.7/four.6
9
95
2,666
UHD 630
$262

i5‍-‍9600KF
6/6
three.7/four.6
9
95
2,666

i5‍-‍9400
6/6
2.9/four.1
9
65
2,666
UHD 630

i5‍-‍9400F
6/6
2.9/four.1
9
65
2,666

 $182

i3‍-‍9350KF
four/four
four.zero/four.6
eight
91
2,400

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