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Intel has launched the first eleven 10 nanometer Ice Lacquer CPUs. Intel has been working on the chip architecture for years, which had to contend with considerable delays.

The new CPUs are capable of executing 18 percent more instructions per clock cycle than previous generations of processors, writes Silicon Angle. This means that software is run faster.

Graphic performance also improves. The new processors are not designed to work with a separate GPU, but have a lighter built-in variant. This module is called Iris Plus and has to deliver twice the performance of its predecessor.

Difference in performance

The exact performance for graphics varies with the eleven CPU models. At the very top is the flagship Core i7-1068G7. This variant has four cores with a basic clock speed of 2.3 GHz. The processor can reach a maximum of 4.1 GHz if end users run applications that require a lot of memory.

The other ten chipsets are divided into two families. The Y-Series have a thermal design power that varies from 9 to 12 watts. The more powerful U-Series comes with 15 to 25 watts. This amounts to a 5 to 15 percent difference in performance between the families.

Deep Learning Boost

Not only can the Ice Lake processors perform more instructions per clock cycle, but other functions also contribute to the higher speeds of the CPUs. One of these is the Deep Learning Boost technology, which was already included in the processors for servers. This technology is an instruction set and an extension to the machine language in which GPU operations are expressed. The instruction set allows the chips to execute machine learning workflows faster.

There is also a Gaussian & Neural Accelerator. This is the module in the Ice Lake processors that accelerates background tasks such as processing voice input from a user’s microphone.


Intel has not given an exact date for when the GPUs will be released. However, the company does promise that the first laptops with the 10 nanometer silicones will be in the shop before Christmas.

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