If you’re having a tough time following Intel’s new array of code names, don’t worry, you are not alone. The split between mainstream and U-series and Y-series has us all confused. There’s a Whiskey Lake, and Amber Lake, and at some point in the future a Tiger Lake. Comet Lake, believed to be a future desktop CPU (still on 14nm), looks like it is coming down into that 15W power envelope later this year in Q4.

In our discussions on the Computex show floor with a partner, they identified that upcoming mini-PC products that have previously been built on U-series processors will soon be updated to Comet Lake. Intel’s partner stated that they would be updating the product line with the new CPUs in November, however retail of those machines might not occur until a little bit later.

We did explicitly clarify with the partner that they were specifically talking about Comet Lake, and in the ~15W envelope, just in case we didn't hear correctly. They concurred.

This is an interesting development, because this means that Intel is likely to have two different U-series CPU lines in the market at the same time: the Ice Lake 9W-28W parts announced last week, presumably for the premium and high-end designs, and Comet Lake at 15W for the more budget oriented platforms. Given the rumors regarding Intel’s 10nm yields, and the known issues around the supply of Intel’s 14nm, this could be a way of bridging the gap between the high-cost and low-cost systems.

It will be interesting to see when Intel wants to talk about Comet Lake, either in a 15W form factor or something a little bit bigger. Just don’t ask what version of 14nm it is made on. Just for kicks, it might be called '10th Gen' too.

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  • 29a - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    I second this.
  • sandtitz - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link


  • DanNeely - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - link

    That doesn't have code names for unreleased products though. :(
  • DigitalFreak - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    I've heard they are changing the code-name for all their processors to Shit Creek.
  • Teckk - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    So, not only the final processor naming scheme is confusing but the manufacturing node as well. How does marketing even handle this!
    Oh yeah 10th gen?? 🤔😅
  • jcc5169 - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    Its painful to watch a giant die
  • AshlayW - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    A giant CPU die, because it's still on 14nm? :D
  • goatfajitas - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    You have to wonder what really happened at Intel. Beyond the PR and the excuses, what massive fail has gone on. In the past if any process shrink went bad they recovered within 6-12 months. This time it's been 4+ years and they still seem to be spinning. Was it they laid off too many of their highest paid/best engineers? Does everyone there just hate it? Seriously, Does anyone know what really happened?
  • ikjadoon - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    Pardon? Nobody has got transistor density to Intel's 10nm density.

    We're at the edge of physics here, mate... Intel's primary failure was their insane hubris and cocky attitude claiming they'd deliver 10nm in 2015.

    If you want answers to Intel cockiness: please see every monopoly ever.
  • goatfajitas - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    Are you saying everyone else's (Global Foundries, Samsung, TSMC) 7nm is not as good as Intels 10nm? How would we even know that? All we know now is that Intels 10nm chips released last year are shit compared to their Intel 14nm counterparts and that Intel is still bullshitting us with spin regarding the whole subject.

    1 low end part - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannon_Lake_(microar...

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