Intel has released its 10th Gen Intel Core processors, codenamed “Ice Lake” after rough 12 months for the company. 2018 marked the chip makers 50th anniversary, but the company has struggled to make a significant mark on the market.
Even Apple, a long time supporter suggested they will go the direction of creating their own chips in the future. Today's launch is the first widely available batch of 10nm CPUs from Intel.
So what does that mean exactly?
Each release of processors Intel makes comes in a variety of types to suit different computer needs they usually range from beefy 95-watt desktop gaming chips all the way down to 5 or 7-watt Y-series parts designed for thin laptops and lightweight tablets.
Ice Lake will start with 9W, 15W and 28W parts with up to 4 cores, 8 threads, and a 4.1GHz turbo clock speed.
To put that into perspective it is much better than what you currently find in an Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro. But bigger chips aren’t released in this round. Intel says the next release of 30 designs will come out towards the end of the year.
Intel launched the chips along with news about their innovation program code-named “Project Athena.”
“No one wants to compromise; people want it all: battery life, performance, responsiveness, connectivity, and slick form factors. Our job is to come together as an industry and deliver incredible and differentiated PCs, purpose-built to what real people want. 10th Gen Intel Core processors – our most integrated CPU – and Project Athena are great examples of how our deep investments at a platform level will help fuel innovation across the industry,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel senior vice president, and general manager of the Client Computing Group.
Project Athena aims to deliver on what Intel is calling the “key experience indicators” (KEI) that people are looking for with personal computing. The company says it has completed years of research that created the KEI metrics. The goal is to use these indicators as drivers for innovation.
The first wave of KEI targets includes:
-Consistent responsiveness on battery;
-16 or more hours of battery life in local video playback mode 11 and 9 or more hours of battery life under real-world performance conditions;
-System wake from sleep in less than 1 second.
As part of the project, Intel is providing co-engineering support to more than 100 companies who have signed on to be part of the ecosystem. Intel will provide support through new tools and Open Labs facilities that can be used to support the verification and testing of laptops.