Ice Lake (microarchitecture)

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Ice Lake
L1 cache80 KiB per core
(32 instructions + 48 data)
L2 cache512 KiB per core
L3 cacheUp to 8 MiB, shared
Transistors10 nm transistors
Architecturex86-64
Instructionsx86-64
Extensions
PredecessorDesktop: Coffee Lake
Mobile: Whiskey Lake (3rd Optimization) [1][2]
Mobile: Cannon Lake (Process)
Server: Cooper Lake (2nd Optimization)
SuccessorTiger Lake (Optimization)
GPUGen11

Ice Lake is Intel's codename for the 10th generation Intel Core processors based on the new Sunny Cove microarchitecture. Ice Lake is expected to replace the Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Kaby Lake and Cannon Lake microarchitectures in 2019 and 2020, representing the architecture step in Intel's Process-Architecture-Optimization model.[2][1][3][4] Ice Lake will be produced on the second generation of Intel's 10 nm process, 10 nm+, becoming Intel's second microarchitecture to be manufactured on the 10 nm process following the limited launch of Cannon Lake in 2018.[2][5][6][7][8]

Design history and features[edit]

Ice Lake was designed by Intel Israel's processor design team in Haifa, Israel.[9][10]

It is expected that Ice Lake will have in-silicon mitigations for certain Meltdown and Spectre hardware vulnerabilities.[11]

Intel released details of Ice Lake during Intel Architecture Day in December of 2018, stating that the Sunny Cove core Ice Lake would be focusing on single-thread performance, new instructions, and scalability improvements. Intel stated that the performance improvements would be achieved by making the core "deeper, wider, and smarter".[12]

The core Ice Lake is built on, Sunny Cove, features 50% increase in the size of L1 data cache, larger L2 cache (size product dependent), larger μop cache, and larger 2nd level TLB. The core has also increased in width, by increasing execution ports from 8 to 10 and by doubling the L1 store bandwidth. Allocation width has also increased from 4 to 5. The paging table for main memory supports a Linear Address space up to 57 bits and a physical address space up to 52 bits, increasing the theoretical addressable memory space to over 4 PB, up from 64 TB.[12]

Ice Lake features Intel's Gen11 graphics, increasing the number of execution units (EUs) to 64, from 24 in Gen9.5 graphics, achieving over 1 TFLOPS of compute performance. Each EU supports 7 threads, meaning that the design has 512 concurrent pipelines. Feeding these EUs is a 3 MB L3 cache, a 4x increase from Gen9.5, alongside with the increased memory bandwidth enabled by LPDDR4X on low-power mobile platforms. Gen11 graphics also introduces tile-based rendering and Coarse Pixel Shading (CPS), Intel's implementation of variable-rate shading (VRS). The architecture also includes an all-new HEVC encoder design.[12]

Architecture changes compared to previous Intel microarchitectures[edit]

CPU

GPU

Package

  • 10 nm+ transistors
  • New memory controller with DDR4 3200 and LPDDR4X 3733 support
  • Integrated support for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • Thunderbolt 3 support[19]

List of Ice Lake CPUs[edit]

Mobile processors[edit]

The first announced laptops featuring Ice Lake Mobile CPUs are the Dell XPS series.[20][21]

Processor

branding

Model Cores

(threads)

Base CPU

clock rate

Turbo clock GHz

Num of cores

GPU Max GPU

clock rate

L3

cache

TDP cTDP Memory Price
1 2 4 Up Down
Core i7 1065 G7 4 (8) 1.3 GHz 3.9 8 MiB
Core i5 1035 G1 4 (8) 3.7 6 MiB
Core i3 1005 G1 2 (4) 3.4 4 MiB

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Intel launches 10th gen core processor developed in Israel 28 May, 2019 14:40 Globes correspondent
  10. ^ Intel launches new processors that bring AI to the PC, sired by Haifa team By SHOSHANNA SOLOMON, Today, 4:17 pm
  11. ^ Bright, Peter (26 January 2018). "Intel: Meltdown, Spectre silicon fixes coming 2018; 3D XPoint RAM, not so much - And the roadmap for the transition to 10nm remains as murky as ever". Ars Technica. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
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  14. ^ Schor, David (2019-05-28). "Intel Announces 10th Gen Core Processors Based On 10nm Ice Lake, Now Shipping". WikiChip Fuse. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
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  18. ^ https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/developer-and-optimization-guide-for-intel-processor-graphics-gen11-api
  19. ^ https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-takes-steps-enable-thunderbolt-3-everywhere-releases-protocol/#gs.19wo3z
  20. ^ Shilov, Anton. "When Ice Matters: Dell Announces XPS 13 2-in-1 with Ice Lake-U". Anandtech. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  21. ^ Cutress, Ian (2019-05-29). "Intel Unveils 10th Gen Core Ice Lake-U & Ice Lake-Y Mobile CPUs: 10nm Sunny Cove Later This Year". Anandtech. Retrieved 2019-05-29.