28W’s Ice Lake Core i7-1068G7 to arrive in the first quarter of 2020

When Intel announced the Ice Lake series, it said it would offer 28W, 15W, and 9W product lines. But so far, we’ve only seen a few 15W SKUs. Previously, the company had faced some challenges with its 10nm /10 plus process, so much so that Ice Lake laptops were not on the market until 2019. It offers up to four new SunY Cove cores, supports AVX-512, and integrates Gen11 core display with 64 execution units.

28W's Ice Lake Core i7-1068G7 to arrive in the first quarter of 2020

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Intel typically divides its own CPUs into categories, such as the H-Series for 35W / 45W TDP, the U-Series for 15W and 28W, and the lower Y-Series.

However, Intel said that while the names were still used externally, it had hoped to break away from the market segment. The company has not yet announced any 35W/ 45W hardware, but it disclosed at the Ice Lake Notebook Platform launch that it will have a 28W/15W/9W SKUs.

The Core i7-1065G7 is popular with flagship devices in the 15W products released. Themedia previewed it before it went on sale, and then saw it again on Surface Laptop 3 in December.

28W's Ice Lake Core i7-1068G7 to arrive in the first quarter of 2020

Clock performance for new hardware is improved even if the peak frequency is not that high. It’s just not much different from the previous Whisky Lake Core i7-8565U.

Given that users and manufacturers are happy to pay for additional performance, there are high hopes for a large number of 28W TDP Core i7-1068G7 laptops on the market with a higher base/turbo rate, and the hope is to push the Core i7-1065G7 to 25W.

However, Intel’s response to the 1065G7 flagship device on the market was fairly placid when asked about it: “The Tenth Generation Core i7-1068G7 is being produced as planned and available to OEM customers by the first quarter of 2020.”

28W's Ice Lake Core i7-1068G7 to arrive in the first quarter of 2020

This suggests that although the i7-1068G7 was included in Ice Lake’s platform launch plan, it was not actually in production at the time. This may be due to a number of reasons, such as line adjustments, or additional work required to achieve sufficient performance gains on the 10/10 plus process.

As we pointed out in the 1065G7 analysis, the 14?, which has been highly adjusted, is associated with a highly adjusted 14?? Intel seems to be working hard to increase the clock frequency of its 10nm process compared to the process.

In addition, given that OEMs will not be able to use new hardware until the first quarter of 2020, the actual product may not be available until the second quarter of 2020.

28W's Ice Lake Core i7-1068G7 to arrive in the first quarter of 2020

The manufacturer may have prepared for the 25W-TDP in advance, but we didn’t see any of the products at this week’s CES show. By convention, 28W hardware is somewhere between a 15W thin book and a 45W performance-grade product, and may even have a discrete graphics card.

Finally, Intel commented on the new 9W component: “The mobile device with Ice Lake-Y SKU is expected to be available in the first half of 2020.”

This may mean that OEMs have just got the chip, and thanks to the lower TDP, the new product should be designed easier.