Intel 10th Gen 14nm ‘Comet Lake’ Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 CPUs Announced, Will Coexist With 10nm ‘Ice Lake’

Intel 10th Gen 14nm 'Comet Lake' Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 CPUs Announced, Will Coexist With 10nm 'Ice Lake'

The Intel generation badges on laptops will not identify which architecture a particular CPU is based on

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Intel’s new model numbering schemes might confuse buyers
  • Intel has been dogged by rumours that 10nm production is still slow
  • New Comet Lake CPUs will allow slim laptops to have 6 physical CPU cores

Just weeks after unveiling the first models in its 10th Gen Core CPU lineup, Intel has now announced another series based on a different architecture, but targeted at the same segment. The ‘Ice Lake’ family of chips announced on August 1 are based on Intel’s next-gen ‘Ice Lake’ architecture and are the company’s first mass-market chips to be manufactured on a 10nm process, whereas the newly announced ‘Comet Lake’ family still uses a mature 14nm manufacturing process and is an incremental update to the current ‘Coffee Lake’ design. Both Ice Lake and Comet Lake CPUs will be sold as 10th Gen Intel Core U-series and Y-series models, and both are aimed at the thin-and-light notebook segment.

There are four ‘Comet Lake’ U-series models and four Y-series ones. These families of CPUs will have 15W and 7W nominal TDPs respectively, though laptop OEMs can choose to configure U-series models to up to 25W, while Y-series parts can be designed for thermal environments between 4.5W and 9W.

Intel is positioning ‘Comet Lake’ CPUs as well suited for workhorse laptops which can benefit from having more cores and higher clock speeds. On the other hand, ‘Ice Lake’ is said to deliver new AI processing capabilities thanks to the brand new Sunny Cover core design, as well as a new higher-performance Gen11 integrated GPU. ‘Comet Lake’ chips will not benefit from this new GPU, but they will feature integrated Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3.