Intel Comet Lake processors to run in 90 laptop designs out this fall

10th Gen Intel Core processors will run in more than 90 laptop designs on sale this fall. (Intel)

Intel announced eight Intel Core processors for laptops that were previously code-named Comet Lake. More than 90 laptop designs will include the 10th Gen Intel Core processors for holiday sales, primarily targeted at consumers, the company said on Wednesday.

The 10th Gen processors run on 14 nm technology. They offer a 16% overall performance gain and what Intel called 41% better productivity and multitasking on Office 365, compared with the previous Intel generation called Whiskey Lake. Those improvements come without burdening battery life.

They also support Wifi6 and Thunderbolt 3 connections.

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The products using 10th Gen will range from the Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7, with a maximum of six cores and 12 threads. In the U-series (laptops) the processors can be configured for up to 25 watts maximum performance or down to 4.5 watts for four-core fanless designs (in the Y-series for tablets).

PC manufacturers are “on track” for verifying the 10th Gen processors in various laptops and 2-in-1s, Intel said without officially naming any. Buyers are being asked to shop for “Engineered for Mobile Performance” signage online and in stores this fall.

Intel also announced Ice Lake chips on Aug. 1, which are not to be confused with Comet Lake chips. Comet Lake chips run on 14nm technology, while Ice Lake runs on 10 nm.

Ice Lake is for entertainment and intelligent performance, while Comet Lake is for productivity, essentially, according to Ron Senderovitz, vice president of mobile platform marketing at Intel.

More Comet Lake chips will be out in 2020 that are optimized for business, while the fall versions are mainly intended for consumers.

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