Intel adds 14nm Comet Lake based 10th Gen Core Mobile processors

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 21 2019 @ 15:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Intel announces a fresh batch of 10th Gen Core processors for the laptop market. A total of eight new parts were announced, four in the U-series and another four in the Y-series. These processors are based on Comet Lake, a 14nm core that's offered in configurations of up to six cores (with twelve threads). The new Comet Lake chips come in 7W and 15W TDP editions, with up to 12MB cache, up to 4.9GHz Boost, and Intel UHD graphics clocked at up to 1.15GHz.

Intel Comet Lake specs
What's New: Today, Intel introduced eight additional 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors for modern laptop computing. The new mobile PC processors (formerly code-named "Comet Lake") are tailor-made to deliver increased productivity and performance scaling for demanding, multithreaded workloads while still enabling thin-and-light laptop and 2 in 1 designs with uncompromising battery life1. These processors are performance powerhouses that bring double digit performance gains compared with the previous generation2. The lineup also includes Intel's first 6-core processor in the U-series, faster CPU frequencies, faster memory interfaces and the industry redefining connectivity with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and broader scaling of Thunderbolt™ 3. More than 90 additional designs based on the 10th Gen Intel Core processor family will hit the shelves for the holiday season.

"Our 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors provide customers with the industry-leading range of products that deliver the best balance of performance, features, power and design for their specific needs. From multitasking to everyday content creation, the newest additions to the family scale performance for even higher levels of productivity -- in addition to offering best-in-class platform connectivity via Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 3 that people expect with 10th Gen." –Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms in the Client Computing Group

Why It Matters: Taking advantage of Intel's world-class portfolio of technologies and intellectual property, the 10th Gen Intel Core processor family delivers a range of workload-optimized platforms to address diverse computing needs and experiences. The new 10th Gen Intel Core processors leverage the improvements in intra-node optimizations on Intel's highly optimized 14nm process technology that enable up to 16% overall performance gains2 and over 41% better productivity and multitasking on Microsoft Office 365* compared with the previous generation3 -- all without compromising battery life1. Additionally, they integrate the best wireless connectivity with Intel WiFi6 (Gig+)4 and support Thunderbolt 3, the fastest and most versatile port available5.

Earlier this month, Intel launched the first products in 10th Gen Intel Core processor family, which were developed on the 10nm process technology and focus on bringing high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) to the PC at scale, a big leap forward in graphics performance and best-in-class connectivity. The new processors introduced today share the same leading platform connectivity, while expanding the family with processors for scaling performance and frequencies for modern productivity workloads. The result is a complete family of processors that complement each other, giving people choices for what usages matter most to them and re-imagining the possibilities of a modern laptop experience.

What They Feature:

The new 10th Gen Intel Core processors range from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7 and feature:

  • Up to 6 cores and 12 threads
  • Up to 4.9 GHz max turbo frequency
  • Up to 12MB Intel Smart Cache
  • Configurable up to 25W for maximum performance (U-series)
  • Configurable down to 4.5W for 4-core fanless designs (Y-series)
  • Up to 1.15 GHz graphics frequency
  • LPDDR4x, LPDDR3, DDR4 memory speed increase to 2666 MT/s

    People can also expect the same great connectivity across the entire 10th Gen Intel Core processor family. Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) brings enhanced WPA3 security for additional peace of mind and is nearly 3 times faster6 to enable quick file downloads and more responsive performance throughout the home. Systems with these processors can also support a Thunderbolt 3 controller enabling up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports, each capable of delivering power, download speeds of 40 Gb/s and connecting to the thousands of docks, displays and peripherals in the market, all via a single cable.

    Finally, the new processors scale the number of designs optimized with Intel® Adaptix™ Technology, supporting modern standby for faster wake and enabling multiple voice assistant services built into the PCs. Within Intel Adaptix Technology, Intel® Dynamic Tuning Technology enables OEM partners to tune 10th Gen Intel Core processor-based systems to achieve even more performance -- ranging from 8% to 12% on a typical system7. On select designs, Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology now offers the first ever AI-based pre-trained algorithms to predict workloads and allow higher turbo burst when responsiveness is needed and extended time in turbo for sustained workloads.

    How to Get Them: Laptops and 2 in 1s powered by the new 10th Gen Intel Core processors will be available from PC manufacturers for the holiday season. Select systems from PC manufacturers based on 10th Gen Intel Core processors are on track for verification through Intel's innovation program code-named "Project Athena." Look for the "Engineered for Mobile Performance" signage online and in retail stores this fall for the best of 10th Gen Intel Core processor-based systems from PC manufacturers.


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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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