Intel will unveil 9th-generation Core family member on August 21

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According to AnandTech, that split is due to the way Cannon Lake's 10nm chips are being grouped together as the Coffee Lake 14nm++ line for laptops at some point in that product generation; desktops will go straight from Kaby Lake's 14nm+ to Coffee Lake's 14nm++ to Ice Lake's 10nm+ technology.

Next in line will be Cannon Lake, which will be the first time Intel drops to 10nm, a smaller process meaning that more transistors can be packed into the compact square which is a CPU - and therefore more power (and indeed there are guaranteed to be power efficiency improvements, and that's nearly more important than outright performance in these days of increasingly mobile computing).

Alas, we could have quite the wait before we see any Ice Lake chips hit the scene.

There are possibilities that the technology deployed to manufacture Ice Lake will slightly lose ground against the 14nm++ process in terms of transistor performance.

There's little known beyond the frosty name at this stage - you can register your interest in the new chips with Intel here - and the fact that Ice Lake will represent the second generation of Intel chips to be built on a 10nm architecture. We recently talked about how Intel Gemini Lake CPUs will feature hardware decoding support for 10-bit video formats like VP9. Unofficially, it seems that what Intel is planning to do is cram more cores into existing chips.

The Ice Lake processors are supposed to be the 10nm+ desktop class processors; could be unveiled next year. Intel also says that it will use the 10nm+ process, the second generation of the tech at that scale. Smaller 15 W parts might pack Cannon Lake because smaller chips will maximize the yields of the new 10-nanometer process. These CPUs will be based on 10nm+ (iterated 10nm) architecture, with an expected release date of sometime in late 2018 or 2019.

Another factor, timing, remains uncertain. It'll be followed by three 10nm processes, i.e., 10, 10+, 10++. Is this all, though?

On top of that Intel is going add more priority to their data center related business, deploying the "Data Center First" strategy.

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