The 9th generation of Core processors will run on 10nm+ process technology

Intel is gearing up to release its 8th generation of Core processors, known as “Coffee Lake” later this month, which is also based on 14-nanometer (nm) process technology. The same technology was applied to Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures.

The Coffee Lake CPU architecture is the second optimization stage in Intel’s 3-step “Process-Architecture-Optimization” cadence, that is set to succeed Intel’s Kaby Lake models, using 14nm Tri-Gate processes. These CPUs are expected to be up to 30% faster than the current Kaby Lake line-up. However, the CPUs will not be supported by current 200 series motherboards.

Having said so, the company also simultaneously disclosed the codename of its next 9th generation of processors – “Ice Lake” in a short notice released on its website.



“The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the eighth generation Intel Core processor family,” reads Intel’s site.

Coffee Lake will be the last 14nm architecture before the coming of the “10nm Cannonlake”, a die shrink of the upcoming CPU microarchitecture. This will be followed by the 9th generation of Core processors, signifying a new segment of architecture under the name of “Ice Lake”. These processors will “utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10nm+ process technology.” However, there is no clarity as to how the 10nm+ process technology will be different from 10nm.

Intel will be releasing its Coffee Lake line-up of 8th generation of CPUs on August 21st. The event will take place on Intel’s Facebook Page & Intel’s Official Newsroom, at the same time the Great American Solar Eclipse takes place.

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