The Intel 10nm process has been slow to really mature, and the biggest problem is that performance, goodyield rates are not up to expectation, the first generation of Cannon Lake is helpless to abort, and the second generation of Ice Lake is also low frequency, had to continue to use the 14nm Comet Lake family as an aid.
The 10nm Ice Lake is aimed primarily at the ultra-thin notebook market, with a 9W Y series, 15/28W U series with a maximum frequency of 4.1GHz, but as a top-of-the-line 28W U-Series, it has long been only the i7-1068G7, which has been out of supply and is not visible on any product.
Now, the i7-1068G7 has quietly disappeared from Intel’s product database and is replaced by the i7-1068NG7, along with an i5-1038NG7, all of which are custom-made for Apple’s recently released MacBook Pro 2020.
In fact, the earlier release of the MacBook Air 2020 is equipped with Apple’s custom-made, exclusive 10nm Ice Lake Y-Series processors, including the i7-1060NG7, i5-1030NG7, i3-1000NG4 models, compared to the standard version of the package area reduced by 26%, the base frequency up to 300MHz, thermal design power consumption of 9W or 10W.
The i7-1068NG7’s specifications look exactly the same as the previous i7-1068G7: 4 core 8 threads, base frequency 2.3GHz, up to 4.1GHz, three-stage cache 8MB, Iris Plus G7 core graphics card, frequency 300-1100MHz, thermal design power consumption 28W.
Compared to the 15W standard version of the i7-1065G7, its reference frequency is up 1.0GHz, the acceleration frequency is up to 200MHz, and the nuclear display frequency is unchanged.
i5-1038NG7 is also a 4-core 8 thread with a frequency of 2.0-3.8GHz, a three-stage cache 6MB, iris Plus G7 core graphics card, a frequency of 300-1050MHz, and a thermal design power consumption of 28W.
Compared to the 15W standard version of the i5-1035G7, its reference and acceleration frequency is 800MHz, 100MHz higher.
Obviously, i7-1068NG7, i5-1038NG7 in the release of thermal design power consumption at the same time, the reference frequency increased significantly, finally can be on the table, think Intel should be selected the best physical chip, specially tuned for Apple, other OEMs on the iron nochance, want high-performance light and thin version can only choose 14nm Comet Lake series of products.
Why does Intel always treat Apple so much? In addition to the consistently in-depth close cooperation between the two sides, Apple is said to have recently been unhappy with the development of Intel processors, process performance is not up to their own needs, and secretly also joined the development of their own ARM architecture processor.
Intel certainly doesn’t want to lose Apple as a big customer, but it’s natural to make a mess of it and come up with the best product.