Intel reveals 'Ice Lake' codename for upcoming 10nm+ processor family

Intel has offered an extra-early, if basic, look at one of its upcoming generations of Core processors architectures. As spotted on Intel's codename decoder by Anandtech, Intel has revealed "Ice Lake" as the codename for an upcoming generation of Core processors to be built on the 10 nm+ architecture.

Intel describes the Ice Lake family as a "successor to the 8th generation Intel Core" family. From Intel:

The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. These processors utilize Intel's industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology.

Due to changes to its historical standard "tick-tock" release schedule in recent years, Intel's nomenclature requires a bit of explanation. The "+" on Ice Lake's 10nm+ naming scheme simply designates it as the first refinement to the 10 nm architecture. Using current chips as an example, the company's 7th-generation Kaby Lake chips are built on the same 14nm process as its predecessor Skylake family. Thus, Kaby Lake is currently designated as 14nm+. Another 14nm chip family, dubbed Coffee Lake, is expected later this year and will carry the 14nm++ designation.

It's a bit of a confusing mess, but the ultimate result is that Intel's processors will continue to become more efficient and refined over time.

Alas, we could have quite the wait before we see any Ice Lake chips hit the scene. Cannon Lake, the first chip family built on the 10nm process, has yet to even be fully detailed. Its release is expected sometime in 2018, and Ice Lake will presumably follow not long after. As Anandtech points out, however, it's worth noting that Intel's first 10nm chips were originally projected to debut in 2016, but delays have resulted in multiple refinements and new releases based on the 14nm process.

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  • Winter is coming.
  • Lol
  • well, it's about time!
  • vapor lake is more like it.
  • Intel is falling behind...End on Intel is near!
  • Riiiight, and what would be taking over? AMD? Dont make me laugh. AMD processors continue to, as they have for a long time, use exorbitant amounts of power, and could be used to heat up a mansion. But! Intel is finally getting some competition from AMD, and are realizing that they cant keep spoon-feeding us the same processors any more, and that they need to innovate to keep their Huge marketshare. But saying that Intel is nearing its end is simply foolish... Although AMD fanboys have been proclaiming this for the last 15-20 years, despite evidence to the contrary.
  • You obviously haven't looked at Ryzen, it's more energy efficient than 7th Gen Intel processors. Besides, X86 isn't the future, Intel has slowed down and ARM based chips are catching up fast.
  • No, ARM is not the future. But ARM processors speeded up production process. So Intel's 10nm is not anymore industry-leading as they said. Because they not have yet processors built on that production process. While Samsung already produces on 10nm. And they going to 7nm next year. So AMD has nice chances to jump over Intel in production process. They already plan to build next generation (zen+) on Samsung's 7nm process.
  • It's hard to say what the future is to be honest, but Intel has been giving us tiny performance gains year over year when compared to what Samsung, Apple, Qualcomm, Huawei and others have done with ARM. Atom couldn't compete in the low end, full windows with x86 and x64 support will run on ARM soon. It's gonna be interesting to see how the performance directly compares. Intel is at risk of losing to ARM in the ultra portable segment, and it could one day grow powerful enough to compete against desktop. There had never been a reason to build a high performance chip too power hungry for a tablet, if x86 emulation works as well as Microsoft wants us to believe, Qualcomm or others may actually develop something to compete in the desktop or high end laptop markets.
  • Lenovo will announce Yoga 920 in the upcoming IFA 2017 (Sept. 1st).  It will be the first Coffee Lake machine.
  • Is it just me or is Intel falling behind in manufacturing tech?
  • I feel like companies should worry about the next product before outing whatever is coming after it.
  • Fans for both companies come out of the woodwork on articles like these... I love competition and great tech advancements, which is why I configured my build to Threadripper last night from 6800K.
    Intel have proven to be anticompetitive and adopt shady business practices when they see fit (see payments to Dell totalling $6billion, amongst others). As such, I am very happy to have AMD back in the CPU arena where they've caught Intel asleep in bed.
    AMD more power efficient, much more affordable, and with more features than Intel's offerings? Happy days for competition!
  • How the F are they going beyond 14 nm??  I'm curious to know how they're doing the lithography for that.  14 has only been out for a few years, and it's a very very expensive setup involving diamond laser lenses and vaporizing tin droplets to get the right wavelength of light.  I'm definitely going to have to research this one...
  • Yeah, it's definitely getting more expensive (almost prohibitively so).  For nodes sub 14 foundries are using more litho masks for a single metal routing layer (Quadruple  patterning) as well as new finFet technologies, but with each litho mask being around 1 million dollars, 4 masks for one routing layer, yikes.  Lam Research has some cool youtube videos on  some of the advanced lithography (I don't work for or with Lam Research, they just make some neat videos on the topic).  EUV is supposed to come next year, but I think I've heard that every year since 2012...
  • I thought EUV was 14nm.  But that could be bad info from above my pay grade...
  • For beginners, they call it 7nm, but its not really. Same is the case for 14nm. The correlation between what they call it and what it actually is broke apart a while back.