After wearing down its 14nm chips, Intel has finally lifted the veil on the 10nm cores that will feed Ice Lake-U processors next year.
It took Intel almost three years to find its way out it was going through regarding engraving finesse. At least as far as laptop processors are concerned. Ice Lake-U intends to replace the current Coffee Lake-U.
An iGPU that finally surpasses TeraFLOPS
Another notable innovation: the chipset integrated into future processors will represent a real leap forward for Intel. “Gen11” will thus be twice as efficient as “Gen9” currently integrated into Skylake processors.
Specifically, Intel announces that its new iGPU will finally reach the TeraFLOPS milestone. The exact price is still unknown, but will undoubtedly allow the founder to reach AMD, which, in its Ryzen 7 2700U for example, already has an average power of 1.7 TeraFLOPS thanks to Vega 10.
However, these are significant advances for Intel, which argues that the game should be much more practical in laptops without a dedicated graphics card. Besides, video encoding in H.265 would be 30% faster than the current generation.
According to the roadmap provided by Intel, Ice Lake-U processors will integrate these Sunny Cove cores in the second half of 2019. The founder has already announced that the schedules for the revisions of these cores are for 2020 (Willow Core) and 2021 (Golden Core), which will provide security features or various optimizations.
Sunny Cove: cores with a much more generous cache
The main innovation brought by Intel thanks to its new engraving process is the width of memory caches. At Sunny Cove, the L1 cache will be 50% larger than the Skylake processors. It will save space and allow cores to perform more calculations in parallel.
Artificial intelligence is also one of the main concerns of the American founder, who announces that Sunny Cove is compatible with the AVX-512 instruction set, allowing specific calculations for neural networks and deep learning. Also, classic features will also be enhanced. As a test, a demonstration of 7-Zip encoding with the AES-256 encryption algorithm proved to be 75% faster than with a processor currently on the market. However, we should note that this was a recompiled version of 7-Zip to better support Sunny Cove in its calculations.
Besides, Sunny Cove will allow the theoretical support of an absurd amount of RAM. By increasing memory address space from 48 to 57 bits, the next-generation cores presented by Intel will be able to support up to 256 TB of RAM.