Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed this week that the company will be releasing their newest architecture “Cannon Lake” within the next year. Better battery life, less power consumption, less heat, and better performance are on the way with Cannon Lake, Intel’s first 10nm architecture.
With 10nm chips, circuits will be formed that are just 10-billionths of a meter apart from one another. With the previous smallest architecture coming from Intel back in 2014 with Kaby Lake, Cannon Lake is right on time. Krzanich held aloft a laptop running with Cannon Lake onboard and promised that they’d ship the process before the end of the year.
The big difference between the two companies for implementation of this technology has to do with the mobility of their products. Intel’s hardware means better battery life and higher performance on notebooks and desktop computers. Qualcomm’s hardware focuses on how every tiny bit of space can mean a far better phone.
Qualcomm is also making clear that they’re not just making their processors smaller – they’re using some of the newly available space to place a new digital Wi-Fi block. With the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, size is cut in half and power requirements have been cut by up to 60-percent (compared to their recent Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Intel also revealed their first 5G mobile data modem, the first Global 5G Modem in the world. This new hardware brings new sub-6 Ghz and mmWave capabilities as well as 3GPP 5G NR (new radio) technology. This new 5G RFIC is “expected to sample” by Intel in the first 6 months of 2017.