Intel, several low-power CPUs will soon no longer be available

Intel, several low-power CPUs will soon no longer be available


Intel has released a Product Change Notification that many 10th generation Comet Lake-U and Ice Lake-U, and 11th generation Lakefield low-power processor series will soon be discontinued. These chips are now being phased out and final shipments are scheduled for April 2022.

Here is the complete list:

Product Change Notification Processor 118334-00 Intel Core i5 -L16G7 Processor Intel Core i3-L13G4 Processor 118339-00 Intel Core i7-10710U Processor Intel Core i3-10110U Processor Intel Core i5-10210U Processor Intel Core i5-10210U Processor Intel Core i7-10710U Processor Intel Core i7-10510U Processor Intel Core i5-10210U Processor Intel Core i3-10110U Processor 118340-00 Intel Core i7-10810U Processor Intel Celeron Processor 5205U Intel Core i7-10810U Processor Intel Core i7-10610U Processor Intel Core i5-10310U Processor 118348-00 Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor Intel Core i5-1035G7 Processor Intel Core i5-1035G4 Processor Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor Intel Pentium Processor 6805 Intel Celeron Processor 5805 See Lakefield retired as well soon (remember that it was launched in the second quarter of 2020) is a bit of a surprise, as these are hybrid CPUs that use Intel's Foveros 3D stacking technology on the 10nm Tremont architecture. In Lakefield there are four low energy consumption cores coupled to a high performance core, a design that was inspired by the SoCs used on smartphones and mobile devices in general. Unfortunately, only a few products with Lakefield processors made it to the market, so the project proved to be rather disappointing for Intel.

In any case, the hybrid design will continue with Alder Lake, which will certainly be able to count on much greater support. However, if you're desperate for these 10th and 11th generation components, you still have some time to recover.

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Intel Discontinues Lakefield, Its First x86 Hybrid CPU

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When Intel launched Lakefield back in June 2020, it felt like the beginning of something new. ARM may have deployed big.Little a decade ago, but Intel and AMD had previously stuck to multi-core CPUs built on a single CPU design. Lakefield combined one Ice Lake “big” CPU cores with four Tremont “little” CPU cores. Lakefield targeted the low-power market, with a TDP of just 7W, and was intended to compete with ARM products featuring similar power consumption envelopes. Now, Intel has announced an early retirement for the CPU. Lakefield is entering end-of-life barely a year after launch.

Intel’s explanation for the cancellation is straightforward: “Market demand for the products listed in the ‘Products Affected/Intel Ordering Codes’ table below have shifted to other Intel products.” But Lakefield was unique, as far as Intel was concerned. This isn’t the first time Intel has struggled to compete in the low-power market.


Intel’s power/performance curves for Lakefield versus Ice Lake.

In the run-up to the Windows 8 launch, Intel expected its Clover Trail platform to quickly seize market share in what was supposed to be a rapidly expanding landscape for Windows 8-based tablets and convertible devices. The explicit thinking at the time was to leave the low-end market to ARM and establish Intel as the upper-tier vendor of choice for x86 tablets.

Part of the reason this plan failed is undoubtedly due to the poor reception Windows 8 received, but Clover Trail-powered devices were often priced similarly to mainstream, more powerful x86 laptops. Intel took had an x86 tablet business for a little while, but it sustained its market share by shipping products contra revenue. It was a deliberate choice to lose money on shipments in exchange for building market share. When Intel moved away from this strategy, the company’s tablet share fell swiftly.

Lakefield may have suffered from some of the same problems. Intel and its OEM partners sold the chip into expensive systems priced between $800-$1,200. That sets the chip up to compete against high-end Intel and AMD systems with much larger batteries and far better performance. Compared with these systems, Lakefield can’t win. Preliminary data suggests Windows 11 performs better on hybrid CPUs, but that wasn’t enough to make Lakefield viable, apparently.

Alder Lake will be Intel’s second stab at the hybrid model, this time with up to eight “big” cores and small cores based on Gracemont. Gracemont is expected to field a 64KB L1 cache (up from 32KB on Tremont) with DDR5, PCIe 4.0, and AVX/AVX2 support.

Intel may have better luck positioning Alder Lake than Lakefield. Switching to little cores for idle power should save energy compared with conventional Intel CPUs, and the systems OEMs build are less likely to face off with hardware that dramatically outclasses them at the same price point. The fact that Lakefield is being canned after such a short time suggests very little uptake or interest in the chip. That doesn’t mean Alder Lake will run into similar problems, but it speaks to a consistent issue Intel has had winning market share with low-power chips. It’s not that Intel can’t build them. It’s that they don’t seem to wind up in the hardware people actually want to buy at competitive prices.

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