Intel Ditching Cannon In Favor of Ice Lake, FVIR Is History For Skylake and Kaby
According to a new report, Intel is scrapping its Cannon Lake Chip in favor of Ice Lake. The 10nm chip series was supposed to release in 2017, but if this new report is to be believed, Cannon may never see the light of day.
Ice Lake on the other hand will release in 2016, a little after the release of Kaby Lake, which is also set to release in the same year.
What’s even more interesting is that Intel will bring back FVIR, also known as Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator. Intel first introduced FVIR, back when it released its Haswell architecture. The company continued to use it with its Broadwell architecture as well.
FVIR is a very useful technology as it allows motherboards to be a bit cheaper, by cutting down the amount of voltages needed to be supplied to the CPU package.
That’s not all, it allows for better voltage control and in select cases, it can help improve overclocking as well.
Surprisingly, the new Skylake that is set to release later this year will not be using FVIR.
This could be due to the fact that Skylake is in development at a different team than Haswell/Broadwell one.
Skylake isn’t the only one ditching FVIR, upcoming Kaby Lake will also say goodbye to FVIR.