Google and Intel have all the time been good business companions, which is evident considering that the majority of the Chromebooks available in the market make use of Intel processors. Nonetheless, Intel’s Ice Lake has seemingly fallen out of service with Google as Chrome OS won’t be holding the chipmaker’s future 10th-generation processors.
The relationship between Google and Ice Lake could have gone downhill when Intel didn’t deliver on its Cannon Lake processors, which had been rumored to power Google’s now-defunct Pixelbook codenamed Meowth. Google’s frustration was evident as the tech juggernaut later withdrew support for Cannon Lake processors in Chrome OS.
As observed by media 9to5Google, Google had crippled a few old boards from Chrome OS in May. The record of affected contains “iclrvp” (Ice Lake Reference Validation Platform) and “dragonegg” which can be reportedly based around Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake components. The message particularly states that Google won’t be continuing with ICL (quick for Ice Lake).
Google’s decision to not function with Ice Lake chips doesn’t suggest that it’s getting a divorce from Intel. There’s concrete evidence that Google is already working with Intel to bring Tiger Lake (TGL) help to Chrome OS. Tiger Lake processors that are slated to launch by 2020, seemingly come out of Intel’s 10nm factory. The brand new chips are expected to mix Intel’s Willow Cove design with its Xe Graphics.
However, let’s not neglect that Google recently showed support for AMD’s Ryzen 3000-series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) to Coreboot, so we should see Chromebooks with AMD Ryzen processors soon.