Intel Makes CPU Announcements At CES

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Intel Makes CPU Announcements At CES

In its presentation Intel briefly discussed the likes of 10nm Ice Lake processors, hybrid 10nm Lakefield CPUs, and Project Athena laptops, as well as other non-PC-centric specific stuff like automotive, IoT, sports, AI, networking and 5G, etc. Ice Lake is also said to be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6 wireless standard, and Intel DL Boost to accelerate AI workloads. According to Intel, it will accelerate AI usage, bring a graphics engine, and add Intel Gen11 graphics to improve gaming performance.

Intel has also provided a sneak peek of its new client platform code-named Lakefield, a hybrid CPU architecture that utilises its Foveros 3D packaging technology. Lakefield has five cores, combining a 10nm high-performance Sunny Cove core with four Intel Atom processor-based cores into a tiny package that delivers low-power efficiency with graphics and other IPs, I/O and memory.

9th Gen Intel Core desktop At the CES 2019, Intel announced new additions to its 9th Gen Intel Core desktop chips, first launched in October past year. Along with all of the above benefits, Ice Lake is said to help increase battery life as well. Ice Lake chips for consumers and machines based on Lakefield should be available by the holiday season this year, while Ice Lake for servers is slated to show up next year.

The project includes partners such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, and many others. The result is a smaller board that provides OEMs more flexibility for thin and light form factor design.

Ice Lake is the code name for Intel's first volume 10nm PC processor family. It's also teasing its first 9th-gen H-Series Core chips for notebooks for release in the second quarter of 2019.

Intel also announced Project Athena, an innovation program and new set of industry specifications developed to help usher in a new class of advanced notebooks created to enable new experiences and capitalize on next-generation technologies, including 5G and AI.

This 9th Gen Core range is being expanded with six new SKUs, the majority of which we've since learned are repurposed versions of existing SKUs with one key difference: The onboard integrated graphics component of the die is disabled. This will now be the widely available series of 10nm CPUs from Intel.

Project Athena Intel's Project Athena focuses on advanced laptops that are going to support 5G and AI.

Additionally, Intel announced a new 10nm SoC codenamed Snow Ridge specifically for 5G wireless infrastructure equipment such as base stations.

Finally, Intel briefly demoed the Snow Ridge network SoC.

"This network SoC is meant to bring Intel architecture into wireless access base stations and allow more computing functions to be distributed out at the edge of the network", Intel said.

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