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Intel's Elkhart Lake SoC will feature a Gen11 iGPU

Elkhart Lake will be part of the Ice Lake processor family. (Source: El Chapuzas Informático)
Elkhart Lake will be part of the Ice Lake processor family. (Source: El Chapuzas Informático)
Leaked driver support information has given away some details about the little-known Intel Elkhart Lake SoC. According to the development work, the system-on-a-chip will come with the support of Intel’s Gen11 integrated GPU. The Gen11 has already appeared in some benchmarks, which apparently show it closing the gap between iGPUs and (entry-level) discrete GPUs.

Leaked graphics driver support information has revealed that the Elkhart Lake SoC will come with Intel’s Gen11 graphics solution. This generation of SoC will replace the Gemini Lake chips, such as the Pentium N5000, Celeron N4000 and Celeron N4100. Those SoCs came with integrated UHD Graphics 600 (for the Celerons) or UHD Graphics 605 (Pentium). A Gemini Lake successor offering a Gen11 GT2 GPU is quite the leap forward for Intel.

The little-core Elkhart Lake chips will be based on the Ice Lake microarchitecture; Ice Lake chips should be making an appearance within the next few months. Ice Lake is based on a 10 nm manufacturing process, whereas Gemini Lake was built on a 14 nm process. The big-core Ice Lake SoCs will utilize Sunny Cove microarchitecture while Elkhart Lake SoCs will use the small-core Tremont (for Atom, etc.).

Intel’s Gen11 solution offers 64 execution units, and it has managed over 1 TFLOP in GPU performance. It has been pointed out that the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 offered a peak throughput of 0.94 TFLOPs. That dGPU isn’t even two years old yet, thus demonstrating how Intel is bringing integrated graphics solutions closer than ever to the level of discrete graphics cards.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03-14 (Update: 2019-03-14)