The new Ice Lake processors are built around the 10nm process, sporting up to four cores and eight threads. Ice Lakes chips offer an 18% increase in IPC (instruction per cycle) over Skylake, thanks to the new Sunny Cover cores.
Another major focus is graphics improvement with the new Gen11 graphics engine, which is supposed to offer 2x performance increase. AI is equally important as the new chips off 2.5x performance on AI workloads. Other improvements include support for Wi-Fi 6 up to gigabit speeds and integrated Thunderbolt 3 capabilities.
Intel will be releasing chips across its i3, i5, and i7 lines and the first devices to use them will hit the market later this year. At least, for now, the Ice Lake lineup is focused on notebooks with U and Y variants that offer ranges between 9 and 25W TDP.
While Ice Lake was the biggest announcement from Intel, the company also announced 9th-gen Intel Core VPro processors for mobile and desktop, which are built with business users in mind. More exciting, Intel also unveiled its plan for Core-X chips that are designed with creatives in mind. These processors will offer improved speeds and the new Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, which lets more than two cores boost up to max clock speeds.
Lastly, Intel talked about its Project Athena initiative, which is about creating a standard for partners to follow regarding things like getting 16 hour (or better) battery life, improved responsiveness, and faster wake times.
Frankly, Intel’s Computex 2019 announcements were all pretty predictable which is unfortunate considering AMD is really on the offensive right now. On the other hand, its good to see that Intel has more competition from its rival than ever before, as more competition is always a good thing for consumers.