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Intel adds 10nm Ice Lake desktop and server CPUs to Linux kernel

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The fact that Intel’s Kan Liang has signed off on the addition of Ice Lake desktop and server parts to the Linux kernel does lend a little more credence to Intel’s assertion last week that, despite rumours to the contrary, it would definitely be shipping 10nm desktop processors.

Now it looks like those 10nm CPUs might actually come from the Ice Lake family after all. With Intel Comet Lake, its 10-core big-boy, and Hyper-Threading throughout the range, popping up either late this year or early next we had assumed Intel wasn’t going to follow up the mobile release of Ice Lake with any desktop parts.

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Linux kernel patch hints that Intel's 10nm desktop CPUs...

  • Linux kernel patch hints that Intel's 10nm desktop CPUs are coming

    INTEL 10-NANOMETRE DESKTOP CHIPS could be on their way as the chipmaker has added Ice Lake model numbers into the Linux kernel.

    The Linux kernel patch was spotted by chip info leaker @KOMANCHI_ENSAKA on Twitter, with the patch having been signed off by an Intel senior graphics software engineer Kan Liang.

    This is by no means conclusive evidence that 10nm desktop parts are on their way. However, it does suggest that rumours of Intel skipping the 10nm process node for its desktop CPUs to pursue a 7nm fabrication process instead are not accurate; in fact, an Intel spokesperson also told us that such rumours were piffle.

Leaked Linux Kernel Patch Confirms Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake Chip

  • Leaked Linux Kernel Patch Confirms Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake Chip Heading For Desktop CPUs?

    Intel confirmed a few days ago that it is not totally abandoning the 10nm desktop processors.

    Now, a screenshot of a kernel patch for Linux was leaked on the LKML website, which mentioned Ice Lake several times. The website is a dedicated repository of designs, innovations, and bugs on the Linux kernel. The name on the image was Kan Liang, an Intel senior graphics software engineer.

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