It’s time for a bit more clarification of Intel’s future plans, as the central processing unit manufacturer has confirmed it has cancelled its next-next-generation Cannonlake processors. The upcoming Cannonlake will now be replaced by Intel’s first 10nm CPUs, codenamed 'Ice Lake'.
Following the news last week that Kaby Lake would be following the imminent Skylake, Intel’s release schedule is now Skylake in August, followed by Kaby Lake in 2016, and then Ice Lake in 2017. Aside from the die shrink, the hook with Ice Lake is the return of fully-integrated voltage regulators (FIVR), as seen with Haswell and Broadwell.
Abandoned for Skylake and Kaby Lake, FIVR is a method of providing more efficient power to the processor. It’s still unclear why Intel decided to ditch it and regress its technology in the first place.
As a direct replacement for Cannonlake, the Ice Lake CPUs will be a 10nm die-shrink based on the new micro-architecture created for Skylake. While both of the 14nm Skylake and Kaby Lake chips will be compatible with LGA1151 socket motherboards, the die shrink should mean a new form-factor as well as new mainboards.
Other than that, precious little is known about Intel’s Ice Lake. In the meantime, the first Skylake CPUs are launching on August 5th. Intel claims Skylake is its most impressive technical leap in a decade. The first CPUs arriving are the Intel Core i7-6700K and the Intel Core i5-6600K. You can see the first tentative benchmarks for the former here.
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