It’s a reality: Intel has shown its new 10-nm processors called Ice Lake. It is your tenth generation of CPU, which has the Sunny Cove microarchitecture, and they have started to be produced right now. As usual, the first processors that will arrive will be those dedicated to portable equipment, to later reach those of the consumer and high-end market. There were rumors that the 10 nm still had problems, but the Intel conference at Computex 2019 has made it clear that it is not.
The tenth generation of processors will have a good dose of changes, including a renewal Architecture and a new integrated GPU. If all goes well, the new Ice Lake will hit the market in the coming months.
Historically, Intel had a launch cycle of two years, but with 10 nm the thing has lengthened to four. The interesting thing about this time frame is that the delay of 10 nm will not affect the launch of the 7 nm given the jump to the EUV lithography. So far the company has been using UV in combination with multiple pattern techniques to make 14 nm a reality, but as it adapts to the EUV it will be necessary to follow the multiple pattern route. Apparently the new processors present great improvements in energy efficiency, so we can expect laptops with 16 hours of battery in the future. With the arrival of WiFi 6 and 5G, the market will see a solid change towards the portable.