CES 2019: Intel unveils 10nm PC products for AI and 5G

Irving Hamilton
January 8, 2019

Greg Bryant, holding Intel's Ice Lake.

At CES here on Monday, the silicon giant offered no concrete updates on the progress of its 10-nanometer "Ice Lake" production process for CPUs, but it did show off some intriguing prototypes for 5G infrastructure and ever smaller laptops and tablets, as well as tease some new 9th generation CPUs based on its current 14-nanometer production process.

Ice Lake will support adaptive sync technology and be capable of over 1 teraflop of performance, also integrating Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6.

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.

CHIPMAKER Intel has announced that the first processors to be built on its 10nm Sunny Cove architecture will finally debut later this year.

Lakefield is a new 10nm client platform from Intel that features a hybrid CPU leveraging Intel's Foveros 3D packaging technology. Ice Lake device battery life will be stellar, according to Intel, and prospective buyers will also benefit from super-thin, ultra-mobile designs with excellent responsiveness.

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Don't expect to get your hands on Ice Lake laptops any time soon though, as Intel confirmed that the first products would only ship by the holiday season.

With many mid-range and higher-end PCs still coming equipped with a dedicated graphics card, Intel's integrated chips often go to waste, so offering a range of cheaper, GPU-less processors may help Intel win back some of the value-oriented market segment that it's recently been losing to AMD.

Out of its Data Center Group came the announcement of Intel's AI-driven Nervana Neural Network Processor for Inference.

A Neural Network Processor for Training, code-named "Spring Crest", is also set to become available later this year. You can head below to take a look at the list of the new processors that Intel plans to roll out to the market.

"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. Compatible with the upcoming 14nm Cooper Lake, Ice Lake processors targeting servers are expected to deliver performance improvements, new hardware-enhanced security features and more, with shipments targeted for 2020. Project Athena will encompass Windows laptops as well as Chromebooks, and manufactures are working to introduce them in the second half of 2019.

Intel Xeon Scalable processor Intel said it has started shipping next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, also known as Cascade Lake processor.

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