Intel has unveiled its latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, previously code-named Comet Lake, for laptops. These chips promise double-digit performance gains on the prior generation.

Ran Senderovitz, vice president of mobile platform marketing at the Intel client computing group, said in a briefing that the eight new 14-nanometer U-Series and Y-Series chips are targeted for productivity in thin-and-light laptops, both in consumer and commercial devices.

“Comet will be the technology that we scale to our commercial products,” he said.

Above: Ice Lake and Comet Lake aren’t the same.

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The U-Series chips include Intel’s first six-core processor (12 threads) with faster central processing unit (CPU) frequencies than the prior Ice Lake generation, made with the more advanced 10-nanometer manufacturing.

The processors will be paired with Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. More than 90 laptops using the processors will be hitting retail shelves by the holidays, he said. The chips have a power envelope of 15 watts. They have faster memory interfaces and Optane memory H10 with solid-state storage.

The new chips are built with 14-nanometer manufacturing technology, not the more advanced 10-nanometer chips coming later this year. But Intel is still calling it “10th Gen,” which could be confusing, as that is what Intel called its recent Ice Lake processors as well.

Many tens of millions of laptops are sold each year. They run professional, productivity, collaboration, entertainment, gaming, and AI applications.

Intel is pushing on CPU, GPU, interconnect, wireless, and other technologies as well, Senderovitz said. The chips range in base frequence from 1.1 GHz to 2.1 GHz, with turbo boost frequences up to 4.7 GHz.

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Comet Lake’s integrated graphics solution has double the performance of the previous generation. It takes the Ice Lake core technology and pushes it higher with higher frequencies and more integration. The Comet Lake chips include i3, i5, and i7 versions, such as the Intel Core i7-10710 U processor. How’s that for complicated?

“Comet Lake is another evolution of our architecture,” Senderovitz said. “There is a 10th generation for everyone.”

Laptops using these devices will have “modern sleep” modes. More than half the laptops coming will be certified to run Amazon Alexa.

The performance is 16% better than the previous generation on general performance, and it is 41% faster on Microsoft Office. Compared to a five-year-old PC, Comet Lake is 2.5 times to 3 times faster. The Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is eight times faster than USB 3.0, while the Wi-Fi 6 is three times faster.

Dynamic tuning power gives 8% to 12% better performance, depending on form factor. It also features Project Athena.

Ice Lake and Comet Lake chips work in the same thermal envelope, from around 10 watts to 25 watts. Intel said the Comet Lake chisp 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 life.”

Above: How Comet Lake differs from Ice Lake

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The U-Series chips are configurable up to 25 watts for maximum performance, while the Y-Series chips can be configured as low as 4.5 watts for four-core fanless designs.

Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) brings enhanced WPA3 security for additional peace of mind and is nearly three times faster and more responsive.

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Systems with these processors can also support a Thunderbolt 3 controller enabling up to four
Thunderbolt 3 ports, each one 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.

Above: Intel’s Comet Lake SKUs

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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 system.

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.

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.