Intel to begin shipping Ice Lake this June, 7nm products coming in 2021

Intel held its 2019 investor meeting today, and the company's Chief Engineering Officer, Murthy Reduchintala, took the stage to reveal more details about the plans for upcoming processor technologies. Reduchintala talked about the impending 10nm architetcture, but also shared details of Intel's 7nm process for the first time.

Starting with the long-anticipated processors built on the 10nm process, which are codenamed Ice Lake, it was revealed that Intel will start shipping them in June. As previously announced, this will allow computer manufacturers to have computers with the new processors by the holiday season. Intel promises three times the wireless speed, two times the speed for video encoding and graphics, and 2.5 to 3 times the speed for artificial intelligence when compared to the previous generation.

Intel also has a bunch of other products based on the 10nm process in the pipeline for 2019 and 2020, including client and server processors, new FPGAs, a general-purpose GPU, and more.

Looking onward to the 7nm process, Intel says it will deliver twice the scaling and 20% more performance per watt. It also promises a four times reduction of design rule complexity, and it'll be the first time Intel is using extreme ultraviolaet (EUV) lithography, which will help drive scaling for "multiple node generations".

The most notable product to be released with this architecture is an Xe-family general purpose GPU, which is expected to arrive in 2021. It will be meant for data center AI and high-performance computing tasks.

Intel also talked a bit more about its Lakefield packaging technology, which it first showed off at CES this year. Intel says Lakefield should deliver up to ten times better power consumption in standby and 1.5 to 2 times better active power consumption. It also promises twice the graphics performance and a reduction in PCB by up to half.

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