Intel Discontinues Ice Lake-U, Comet Lake-U and Lakefield Processors

Intel made by issuing a change notification product (PCN), in which discontinued processors Lakefield, Ice Lake-U, and Comet Lake-U. Finally, the company marks its end of life for 2022, so we will have to opt for Tiger Lake-U.

Laptops with Lakefield hybrid processors, such as the low-power variants belonging to the Ice Lake and Comet Lake families, will no longer be shipped and manufactured. Whoever warns is not a traitor, so Intel has already communicated this to its partners, companies, and customers. From now on, the option for portable processors will go through the Tiger Lake architecture.

Intel has issued its Product Change Notification to its partners announcing that it is discontinuing portable processors belonging to the Ice Lake-U, Comet Lake-U, and Lakefield families. In the first 2, the low-power 15 W processors are affected, while in the last, the hybrid processors.

With this event, Intel's normal process of requesting its final orders from equipment manufacturers and distributors kicks in. The deadline is 2022, at which time these chips will have their " end of life " (EOL) declared.

As we see in the images, the product discontinuation began on July 6 and the last product belonging to the 10th generation of portable chips will be shipped on July 29. The truth is that 10th generation Intel Core-U processors have not been on the market for so long to discontinue them now.

It seems that Intel's strategy is to push for people to upgrade to the brand's new processors by discontinuing them. In this way, notebook manufacturers are "forced" to only offer Tiger Lake or newer because they will not supply more products.

Although we have only mentioned the "U" ranges, tell you that this movement also affects the professional " G " ranges of Intel Core i7, i3, and i5, as well as several Celerons and Pentiums.

Right now, we have the famous Intel Tiger Lake-U available with a 10nm SuperFin process, covering configurations from 4 to 8 cores. We see them in different ranges: U and Y (with 15 W) or H (between 35 and 55 W).

What future awaits us at Intel? The next move of the company could be seen in late 2021, at which point we will see the first hybrid processor for laptops: Alder Lake-P. We remember its famous big.LITTLE architecture of large and small cores: high performance and efficiency.

AMD also plans a similar strategy for its next architectures, although the information we have is more diffuse and opaque.

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