Google Says No Thank You To Intel's Ice Lake Processors

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Google and Intel have always been good friends, which is evident considering that the majority of the Chromebooks on the market employ Intel processors. However, Intel's Icel Lake has apparently fallen out of favor with Google as Chrome OS will not be supporting the chipmaker's upcoming 10th-generation processors.

The relationship between Google and Ice Lake could have gone downhill when Intel failed to deliver on its Cannon Lake processors, which were rumored to power Google's now-defunct Pixelbook codenamed Meowth. Google's disappointment was evident as the tech giant later dropped support for Cannon Lake processors in Chrome OS.

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As discovered by media 9to5Google, Google had disabled a few obsolete boards from Chrome OS last month. The list of affected includes the "iclrvp" (Ice Lake Reference Validation Platform) and "dragonegg" that are reportedly based around Intel's 10nm Ice Lake parts. The message specifically states that Google will not be pursuing ICL (short for Ice Lake).

Google's decision to not run with Ice Lake chips doesn't mean that it's getting a divorce from Intel. There is concrete evidence that Google is already working with Intel to bring Tiger Lake (TGL) support to Chrome OS. Tiger Lake processors, which are slated to come out next year, seemingly come out of Intel's 10nm oven. The new chips are expected to combine Intel's Willow Cove architecture with its Xe Graphics.

However, let's not forget that Google recently added support for AMD's Ryzen 3000-series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) to Coreboot, so we should see Chromebooks with AMD Ryzen processors very soon.