Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Intel showcases technology for next era of computing at CES 2019

Intel showcases technology for next era of computing at CES 2019

Intel said that in the coming months it will launch its new mobile PC platform with its upcoming first volume 10nm processor, code-named "Ice Lake". 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.

What's perhaps most intriguing about them is that five of the six new chips appear to be part of a brand new F-series of processors, which have removed (or most likely disabled) the integrated graphics chip that nearly every mainstream Intel processor now includes.

The project would feature a hybrid CPU architecture that will apply the Forevos 3D packing tech - a method that includes stacking logic chips like GPU and processors on top of another.

Conspicuously absent from the 10nm discussion, however, was the mainstream desktop platform, with Intel continuing to rely on its 9th Gen Core offerings which are based on 14nm Coffee Lake and making no mention of when (or if) Cannon Lake or Ice Lake will arrive here.

In the meantime, the company is adding to its existing lineup of 9th generation CPUs. The Nervana NNP-I, or Neural Network Processor for Inference, will go into production later this year, and Intel claims industry-leading performance per Watt.

Client processors based on Ice Lake will benefit from more than just the new CPU core, though. If you're eyeing a new laptop, though, you might want to wait until the 2019 holiday season, when the 10nm "Ice Lake" chips are expected to be available.

Though it's a bit vague, and perhaps just an exercise in branding to combat AMD mobile, Intel has ready-and-willing big-name sign-ups including Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Innolux, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung and Sharp. The result is a smaller board that provides OEMs more flexibility for thin and light form factor design.

Intel also demonstrated its future Intel Xeon Scalable processor based on 10nm Ice Lake.

Intel also unveiled Facebook as one of the project partners. That includes 9th Gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 chips. This will now be the widely available series of 10nm CPUs from Intel. Based on that information, we'd expect Snow Ridge to be a next-generation Xeon-D processor with lots of integrated network hardware.

More devices-especially smaller ones with very fast wireless capabilities-will necessitate new wireless infrastructure, and Intel is investing in that as well.

"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.

Finally, Intel briefly demoed the Snow Ridge network SoC. Cascade Lake introduces support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel DL Boost, which is created to accelerate AI deep learning inference.

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