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Something to look forward to: It looks like Intel is making steady progress on 10nm production and 7nm development. Component and substrate shortages may lead to fewer processors being made in the coming months, but CEO Pat Gelsinger is hopeful the inflection point is coming later this year. Meanwhile, Intel has beat financial Q2 2021 estimates as revenue grew 2% to $18.5 billion.

Intel is optimistic about its 2021 outlook. The company reported second quarter net income of $5.1 billion on revenue of $19.6 billion. This is higher than Wall Street's expectations of $18.5 billion in earnings, and the company is now projecting a stronger non-GAAP revenue of $73.5 billion for 2021.

CEO Pat Gelsinger says the semiconductor industry has seen tremendous growth thanks to the accelerated "digitization of everything," and that this trend will most likely persist for the next ten years as people and companies increasingly opt for hybrid work models.

The pandemic has driven demand for desktop and laptop PCs, and Intel believes its newest CPUs sporting Evo branding have a good chance of capturing a good chunk of the 400 million people who are expected to upgrade their systems in the coming years. On the other hand, the most recent data from IDC indicates demand is already slowing as restrictions are eased.

PC processor sales were up 33 percent year-over-year, which is why Intel's Client Computing Group brought in a record $10.1 billion in revenue in the second quarter, 6 percent more than the same period last year. However, the average selling price of chips decreased as a result of a combination of factors, including high demand, chip shortages, and fiercecompetition from AMD in the gamer and enthusiast markets. After all, Intel reduced prices for 10th-gen Core processors to sway buyers away from AMD options, but still ended up selling more processors with lower core counts.

Gelsinger is optimistic about the semiconductor shortages and expects them to bottom out in the coming months. He also believes it will take up to two years before the industry is able to "completely catch up with demand."

Intel's Data Center Group saw revenue of $6.5 billion, which is down 9 percent YoY. The Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group brought in $1.1 billion, which is a 34 percent year-over-year decrease. Intel is currently in the process of selling off its NAND memory business to SK Hynix, but until that deal is finalized it still has the potential to stain Intel's financial reports and business projections.

The IoT and Mobileye business units are up YoY. The former is up 47 percent, while the latter has surged 124 percent to bring in a record $327 million in revenue.

Elsewhere, Intel says "7nm is progressing well" and that it will start shipping large orders of Alder Lake chips to its partners in the coming months. The company has already shipped 50 million Tiger Lake processors to date, but doesn't expect to be able to keep cranking them as easily in the third quarter due to an ongoing shortage of components and substrates.

Intel promised it will soon reveal more about its process and packaging roadmaps. Last year, the company had to admit it was falling behind schedule to develop a 7nm process node, but the company promised to fix fab issues and enlisted Pat Gelsinger to ensure it happens sooner rather than later.

Gelsinger established what he calls the "IDM 2.0" strategy, which is aimed to regain the crown of the "unquestioned" industry leader in process technology. So far, Intel has managed to increased its output of 10nm wafers to the point where it now exceeds 14nm wafers. As production of 10nm wafers ramps up, they'll cost 45% less to make than they did a year ago, which is great news for the company's bottom line.

In the coming years, Intel hopes to manufacture chips for other companies under a separate organization called Intel Foundry Services that will report directly to Gelsinger. The company is also building two 7nm fabs in Arizona and upgrading a third in New Mexico to manufacture advanced semiconductor packaging technologies, and we'll no doubt hear more about them at the "Intel Accelerated" event next week on July 26.

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Google says it's gonna put Intel's 10nm Ice Lake Xeons into its public cloud soon, any day now, just you wait...

Google says it's still up for making Intel's latest Ice Lake data-center processors available in its public cloud service.

The chips, officially known as third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, will offer a 30 per cent boost in price-performance terms over the previous generation Xeons in the ad giant's cloud, Google claimed on Wednesday.

The 10nm chips will be offered in N2 compute engine virtual machines, which can be set up for things like web serving and back-office applications. The closely related N2D VM is offered with rival 7nm AMD second-generation Epyc silicon. The N2 right now uses Intel's 14nm second-generation Xeon Scalable Processors code-named Cascade Lake.

The timing of Google's announcement this week is interesting when you look at the other clouds. When Intel officially tore the wraps off Ice Lake in April, Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon had announcements ready to roll that day saying third-gen Xeons would be coming to their platforms.

We can't find a similar standalone announcement from Google at that time, though Intel named Google as one of its major cloud partners during the launch and had a Google Compute Engine program manager on camera to say the latest-gen silicon would be coming to the web goliath's public platform later in the year.

In the end, Oracle said its Ice Lake virtual machines would be globally available by the end of April; Amazon made its one instance of Ice Lake available in August; and Microsoft has various Ice Lake VMs available as a preview if you ask nicely.

And for Google? Still not quite there yet. We're told N2 VMs with Ice Lake silicon "will be available in preview in early Q4’21 in the us-central1, europe-west4 and asia-southeast1 regions."

"Availability in additional Google Cloud regions, in line with current N2 machine family regions, is planned in the coming months," Googlers Ziv Kalmanovich and Subra Chandramouli added tentatively in their announcement.

When the third-gen Xeons eventually land, the N2 instances will be available with up to 128 virtual CPU cores, up from 80; and as much as 864GB of RAM, up from 640GB, for the most-demanding applications, we're assured.

Intel hyped its Ice Lake family as being as much as 46 per cent faster than its predecessor for certain data center workloads, and AI tasks like language processing are alleged to be up to 74 per cent faster. We always take these numbers with a pinch of salt.

"At a high level, Ice Lake provides more cores and higher performance compared to the previous gen, 40 versus 28, and has a lot more built-in acceleration features, such as enhanced AI acceleration capabilities, added security features and crypto acceleration features," an Intel spokesman said via email.

Google did not respond to questions about whether it would put Ice Lake chips in other virtual machine offerings.

Given Intel's long delays with its 10nm process node and Ice Lake range; the ongoing global semiconductor shortages; and the light availability of these latest Xeons on competing platforms, we're not holding our breath. The cloud giants are not right now in a rush, for one reason or another, to refresh their servers with flagship Intel silicon, it appears. ®

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has been confident about his company reclaiming the processor crown from competitors such as AMD within four years.

According to a rumored roadmap leaked by a user named mooreslawisnotdead (not to be confused with YouTube leaker Moore’s Law Is Dead, although some of his previous rumors are reportedly echoed here), Intel will finally accomplish this in 2024 with a new generation of processors code named Lunar Lake.

These CPUs will purportedly be manufactured on TSMC’s 3-nanometer process and feature a combination of Lion Cove and Skymont cores, which are said to provide a big performance jump that puts the chips ahead of AMD and Apple’s options in regard to both performance and power efficiency.

The alleged roadmap also claims that Lunar Lake will be succeeded by a particularly exciting generation of processors called Nova Lake. These CPUs will supposedly boast an incredible 50 percent improvement thanks to a brand-new, cutting-edge architecture—the biggest since Intel Core in Q1 2006.

  • Alder Lake (Golden Cove/Gracemont) Q4’21 / Q1’22 – predicted to be competitively weak vs AMD/Apple offerings that time.
  • Raptor Lake (Raptor Cove / Gracemont) Q3’22 / Q4’22 – 10% CPU perf boost and 8/16 configuration puts intel back on par but expect AMD/Apple to refresh their products as well.
  • Meteor Lake (Redwood Cove / Crestmont) Q2’23 – Intel’s first true chiplet or tile based design. Different dies built on TSMC / Intel processes. More of a node shrink with single digit performance improvements. AMD will again extend lead with Zen 4+ / 5.
  • Arrow Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’23 – Will feature an updated compute tile with 8/32 config for the high end enthusiast products. Might achieve parity with AMD offerings at the time but loses out to Apple in power efficiency.
  • Lunar Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’24 – This is the product that will use TSMC 3nm as reported by Nikkei. Big performance jump expected and designed to achieve parity or beat AMD and Apple in both performance and power efficiency.
  • Nova Lake (Panther Cove [tentative]/ Darkmont) 2025 – This will mark the biggest architectural change in cpu architecture since the Core architecture is introduced in 2006. Intel is working to build an entirely new architecture from the ground up much like Ryzen with up to 50% cpu performance improvement from lunar lake. This is also the reason why Glenn Hinton returned.

Recently, someone on reddit by the username of mooreslawisnotdead posted an Intel roadmap all the way through 2025. This roadmap contains some products/code names that haven’t been mentioned here before. The roadmap could be completely genuine or a total work of fan fiction. I guess that’s for you to decide. The user has since deleted his account, but not before I copied this information.

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Intel leaks show next-gen desktop CPUs with hybrid “big.little” design

It's a bit too early for photos of Alder Lake-S CPUs, much less Raptor Lake-S—so here's a gorgeous photo of an alder tree on the shore of Llyn Gwynant, in North Wales' Snowdonia National Park.
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It looks like big.little CPU design—an architecture that includes both fast, power-hungry cores and slower, more power-efficient cores—is here to stay in the x86_64 world, according to unverified insider information leaked by wccftech and AdoredTV.

Intel’s big/little designs enter round two

At Intel's 2021 Architecture day, the company confirmed that its upcoming Alder Lake (12th generation) processors will use a mixture of performance and efficiency cores. This brings the company's discontinued 2020 Lakefield design concept firmly into the mainstream.

Big.little designs run time-sensitive tasks on bigger, hotter performance cores while running background tasks on slower but much less power-hungry cores. This architecture is near-universal in the ARM world—which now includes Apple M1 Macs as well as Android and iOS phones and tablets—but it's far less common in the x86_64 "traditional computing" world.

Intel's Lakefield architecture only lasted one year and only consisted of two products—the i5-L16G7 and i3-L13G4. Market demand was almost nonexistent for Lakefield, likely due to a poor mixture of performance and efficiency cores—both Lakefield CPUs offered only a single performance core, backed by four efficiency cores.

Expected 12th- and 13th-gen SKUs

Alder Lake—Intel's 12th Core generation, expected in November 2021—will shift the design balance far more heavily to the performance side, with i9-12900K expected to offer eight Golden Cove performance cores and eight Gracemont efficiency cores. The Golden Cove cores support hyperthreading, but the Gracemont cores do not, resulting in lopsided core/thread counts—such as 16 cores/24 threads for the expected i9-12900K.


According to the rumors leaked by AdoredTV, Raptor Lake will build on and expand the Alder Lake design, replacing Golden Cove performance cores with Raptor Cove and enhancing the design of the Gracemont efficiency cores. We're also expecting core counts to increase from Alder Lake to Raptor Lake, with an expected 24-core/32-thread i9-13900K due in 2022, if all goes well.

Power consumption is one of the key details in most of these rumors, with three major classes of power consumption expected in desktop Alder and Raptor Lake CPUs alike—at 35W, 65W, and 125W TDP. We can take a look at the projected core counts of enthusiast CPUs (all of which are expected to come in at 125W TDP) below, after current-gen Rocket Lake-S CPUs for comparison:

Rocket Lake-S (11th-gen desktop CPUs)
ModelCoresTDP (PL1)
Alder Lake-S (12th-gen desktop CPUs)
ModelCoresTDP (PL1)
Raptor Lake-S (13th-gen desktop CPUs)
ModelCoresTDP (PL1)
Both Alder Lake and Raptor Lake are expected to use Intel's 10nm process, which the consumer space has so far seen only in mobile CPUs. Rocket Lake-S was originally expected to be built on 10nm but ended up built on Intel's venerable 14nm process with "backported features" from the 10nm process, which still wasn't quite ready for (desktop) primetime.

Power and performance

The key takeaway here is that, while Intel is bumping up its core counts significantly, it's only doing so by adding efficiency cores—the performance core counts are expected to remain unchanged at 6, 8 and 8 for the Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 families, respectively.

Intel seems to be banking on adding efficiency cores as a way to become a bit more competitive in multi-threaded workloads without repeating AMD's disastrous mistake in the Piledriver era—that is, attempting to compete on raw performance by creating such a power-guzzling monstrosity that nobody wants to live with it. Of course, this ignores a couple of room-filling elephants.


On the performance side, it seems unlikely to expect an i9-12900K with 16 total cores to compete well with its closest AMD equivalent. A current-generation Ryzen 9 5950x already offers 16 cores—and all 16 are performance cores. Ryzen 9 5900X comes in at "only" 12 cores—but again, all 12 are performance cores. We're not sure what Team Red has in store for its next generation yet, but we certainly aren't expecting core count decreases.

On the power-consumption side, we're only looking at Intel's PL1 TDP rating—the TDP necessary to run the chip off turbo. We think it's too early to give any credibility to PL2 rumors for Alder and Rocket Lake, but we know Rocket Lake-S' "125W TDP" parts can easily hit 200W or higher when running at turbo frequencies.

Anandtech shows peak TDP of up to 300W for the i9-11900K, with even the i5-11600K coming in at 210W—while AMD's peak, on-boost power consumption stays below 150W on 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X and 16-core 5950X.


First and foremost, we want to remind everyone that the plural of "rumor" is not "established fact"—nearly all of this reporting relies on data leaked from various sources throughout 2021. We can be certain that Alder Lake and Raptor Lake will use a hybrid big.little design as described—but most everything else is still up for grabs to one degree or another.

We're reasonably confident that Alder and Rocket Lake-S SKUs will exist with core counts as shown here and that TDP won't change significantly as compared to Rocket Lake-S. But it's unclear whether these designs will successfully follow Apple's M1 in securing the big.little hybrid design's place in desktop computing history or be relegated to the dustbin like last year's Lakefield.


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Intel’s 11th-gen Rocket Lake chip was green-lit well before AMD’s Zen 2 and Zen 3 architectures rocked our worlds, company officials acknowledged.

In an 'ask me anything' (AMA) posted on the Intel subreddit, Scott Rouse, Intel’s platform engineer for Rocket Lake, attending with other Intel officials, revealed that Rocket Lake was given the go-ahead in early 2019. Its two-year journey to the launchpad on March 30th is actually break-neck speed for a new CPU (which might take years longer normally).

Still, the world that Rocket Lake woke up to in 2021 probably wasn’t what Intel anticipated in 2019, when the company created the chip by marrying its yet-to-be-released 10th-gen, 10nm Ice Lake x86 cores with its already-aging 14nm manufacturing process.

The match wasn’t made in heaven. While our review of Intel’s flagship Core i9-11900K was kinder than most, others have strongly questioned whether the 8-core CPU should even have been made, given the step back in cores from the previous generation’s 10-core flagship.

While we feel that’s an overly harsh opinion, it’s nevertheless interesting to learn that Rocket Lake’s approval came basically before AMD introduced its Zen 2- and Zen 3-based Ryzen CPUs.

ln the beginning of 2019, Intel had just successfully launched what was mostly a well-received 8-core Core i9-9900K chip. The Core i9-9900K didn’t win any power-consumption or value prizes against the top AMD CPU, but it claimed “best gaming CPU” and also held the multi-core performance medal.

AMD Goes Ballistic

By July of 2019, however, AMD released its Ryzen 3000-series, built on a TSMC 7nm process. Then it dropped the mic with a true consumer-friendly 16-core CPU for $750. Up to then, Intel had been charging nearly $2,000 for its prosumer Core i9-9980XE CPU.

Intel’s response to the 16-core Ryzen 3000 chips would be a fairly anemic 10-core 10th-gen Core i9-10900K, launched in April, 2020, built on the same cores as the previous generation. It held strong in gaming but put nary a scratch in AMD’s multi-core performance and value lead.

Perhaps at this point, it might have looked like a good time to cut bait or change course. But with gaming performance still clenched in its teeth, and arguably better application performance, Intel likely held out hope that Rocket Lake could justify its 8-core existence in a 16-core chip world.

Then came Zen 3...

By November of 2020, the situation worsened for Intel’s CPUs with the debut of AMD’s Ryzen 5000. Based on a redesigned Zen 3 core, it snatched away Intel’s last shreds of single-threaded and gaming performance advantages. AMD ruled multi-core and single-core performance alike, and it had a solid lead in gaming, too.

Rouse doesn’t get into the whys or wherefores going into the Rocket Lake launch, but you can guess that after 21 or so months of making the 11th-gen desktop chip a reality, there was no turning back. Rocket Lake launched into a considerable headwind.

Whether Rocket Lake is judged a success—professional critics and Internet peanut gallery aside—won’t be known for years.

Could Rocket Lake have had more cores?

So much of the criticism of Rocket Lake seems centred on the regression in core count. Some have wondered why Intel bothered to “waste” valuable die space on the graphics core. If it had simply dedicated that to two more cores, wouldn’t that have been more prudent considering it’s actually priced against AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X?

“A 10-core die without integrated graphics would have been a second die (design effort) as integrated graphics is a hard requirement for commercial customers,” Rouse responded. “Not developing the design for a second die was a business decision.”

By business decision, Rouse speaks to the business of trying to make one thing or very slight variations of it to sell to many people. While the vast majority of gamers and enthusiasts all run discrete graphics, Intel uses the same die for both gamers who rarely need that IGP, to boring business customers who almost always use integrated graphics.

Lest you think integrated graphics is pointless, Intel’s Aaron McGavock said Intel’s research shows more than 70 percent of its customers rely on integrated graphics.

Intel isn’t the only company or business that sells different products based off one design or parts bin. Everything from cars to shoes is made with some reuse of the same building blocks. McGavock acknowledged that Intel is partially handcuffed by its current monolithic design, which can force a high-performance gamer to take the same product features that may appeal more for consumer PCs.

That, however, will change, McGavock said.

“We are working on solutions, which include more modular designs, but for now we have the monolithic, large die that has to fit a variety of usages,” he said.

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The successor to Comet Lake-S will be Rocket Lake Aug 14, 2020 · When it released its 10nm transistors, Intel replaced copper with cobalt in the metal stack’s first two local layers. What isn't clear, is whether these are Socket LGA1200 chips, like "Rocket Aug 07, 2020 · Intel’s Tiger Lake. It was just about a month ago that Intel showed off its powerful new Jun 18, 2020 · If they're testing both cpu's stock, theres a large discrepancy between stock boost clocks for say your 4790k vs a 9900k. However, the company does not want to reveal when exactly it plans Jul 03, 2021 · Intel Sapphire Rapids HEDT listed on the W790 chipset may suggest that the product will launch simultaneously with Raptor Lake, also expected to support a 700 series chipset (up to Z790). NotTheLips. To learn more about Kevin Glass check out his website. It is beyond the scope of this article to go into detail on why, suffice it to say that it is because 10nm is not and will never be economically viable at Intel. momomo_us discovered the existence of at least four new processor SKUs in Intel's ARK pages. Apple customers waiting for a MacBook Pro with 32 gigabytes of memory may have to wait until 2019 before they can buy the notebook, after Intel's warning that its 10nm "Cannon Lake Jul 12, 2021 · SK hynix Starts Mass Production of 1anm DRAM Using EUV Equipment. I believe this played a role in Intel’s slips. 52GHz performs roughly the same as the Core i5-11400 (Rocket Lake-S). I see this of a case of the sleeping giant having re-awoken. 6 GHz Ten-Core LGA 1200 Processor featuring 10 Cores & 20 Threads, 3. The third problem was that the 36nm metal pitch requires SAQP and is hard to achieve Intel hits 10nm goals and signals a shift away from traditional CPUs Intel's 10nm fumble might be over—but its newer ventures are more interesting. At Intel’s investor meeting today in Santa Clara, Calif. Aug 05, 2021. The same leaks also point towards a yearly advancement in process technology (akin to Intel's current 14 nm+ and 14 nm++ production processes), with 10 nm+ risk production on 1Q 2019 and 10 nm++ on level 1. “Dubbed Cannon Lake, the Sep 02, 2020 · Intel is launching its new 11th generation Core processor codenamed “Tiger Lake. Dec 09, 2019 · With current demand levels, Intel would have been on 10nm and supply constrained rather than on 14nm and supply constrained. In either case, Davis predicts Intel will regain parity with the industry at the end of 2021 with its own 7nm node (presumably The Intel 10nm node used in Canonlake has a density of about 100 MT r/mm ². Rocket Lake is 14nm. They are the world’s best business processors for thin-and-light laptops with 11th Gen CPU performance, new Iris Xe graphics and amazing artificial intelligence acceleration that deliver the world's best productivity level 1. com Intel had 3 major problems with 10nm: COAG, cobalt and 36nm metal pitch. Intel says its process tech won't achieve parity with the industry again until 2021, and it Intel's next-gen 12th Gen 'Alder Lake' CPUs made on 10nm Enhanced SuperFin could launch alongside Windows 11 OS in October 2021. ‘7nm’ was 10+++/SuperFin+, and that naming was quite well understood and accepted. 0 strategy, new naming schemes for its process nodes, and new desktop GPUs. Computershare Investor Services LLC P. - Jan. com to find the best in-game settings for your hardware. These new updates are going to mean continued improvement and keep up the pace of Moore’s law, keep Intel ahead of competitors, and keep costs going on the same or better slope then it was before. level 1. The laptop will also level 1. Jun 01, 2020 · Intel's 14nm Skylake architecture has now reached a peak with Comet Lake CPUs, requiring Intel to focus on the next-generation cores that will be deployed in upcoming desktop and mobile CPUs. We're finally going to see an end to the 14nm chip revisions, but 10nm chips may not be around for long if Intel really does deliver 7nm by 2021. The history behind this is that the nanometer scale used to refer to transistor gate length. A bunch of Intel's marketing slides has surfaced shedding light on the company's 10nm plans for the desktop market along with other related commitments. TSMC and Samsung's 10 nm processes are only slightly denser than Intel's 14 nm in transistor density. Mar 20, 2021 23:07 EDT Jul 26, 2021 · While the renaming of a 10nm variant to 7nm has some technical validity, doing so now is abjectly stupid and will poison the rest of Intel’s much more valid naming moves. This is achieved by a significant increase in core performance, memory, and I/O bandwidth. Intel wants to reduce chip manufacturing to 1. The new 10nm SuperFin technology — the name is a play on fin field Jul 07, 2021 · The 10nm processor was a dual-core, quad-thread chip with a 15 watt TDP, and it was the first and only chip ever released as part of Intel’s “Cannon Lake” family. Intel's products and software are intended only to be used in applications that do not cause or contribute to a violation of an internationally recognized human right. ”. Tablet is now available soon after the launch on various platforms. Subsequent numbers scale down by 70% for every generation to get a 0. Price Match Guarantee. Intel is an absolute joke at this point. Intel is working on its 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPU family for Mar 16, 2021 · Intel has no 10nm capacity to speak of, they are at a fraction of what they need for a leading edge node. Jan 11, 2021 · Intel launches four new 11th Gen Intel Core vPro processors on Jan. At least one of these is marked as a desktop chip. In fact, it was speculated that one of the reasons it has taken so long to get 10nm on desktops was that they could not hit the performance that matured 14nm CPUS were hitting. 4-inch display with narrow bezels, the update to Intel’s 10th gen Ice Lake hardware platform with up to 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage, a slight design overhaul, a brand new keyboard, and improved speakers. Intel has talked about Tiger Lake as a successor to Ice Lake in mobile and the CPU is Jan 03, 2020 · Dell’s early 2020, XPS 13 9300 moves to Intel’s newest 10th-generation, 10nm Core i7-1065G7 “Ice Lake” CPU, adds an infrared Windows Hello camera, and uses a standard M. The latter will be qualified for volume production in the second half of the year. May 28, 2019 · Intel launched its first 10nm, 10th Gen Ice Lake Core CPUs with Gen 11 graphics, Intel Deep Learning Boost technology, 9 to 15W TDPs, and support for WiFi 6 and Thunderbolt 3. Tiger Lake wields Intel's Willow Cove cores, which is Apr 13, 2021 · The unit has a single 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor that was formerly known as Tiger Lake and launched in Q1 of 2021. Hoping to catch up with rivals PC space, Intel has revealed aggressive Aug 01, 2019 · Even though Intel shipped its first 10nm Cannon Lake chip, the Core i3-8121U, in May 2018, it probably never exceeded extremely low volumes. Note that Intel does this 1k unit pricing for OEMs, and the final Aug 10, 2021 · At IRPS 2020 (April), Intel revealed the changes made with 10nm+ compared to original 10nm: an 11th metal layer after M10, and denser MIM capacitor. Intel 10nm Ice Lake, Sunny Oct 13, 2017 · I guess this is Intel's first non mobile 10nm cpu. help Reddit App Reddit coins Reddit premium Ok so worst case scenario, Intel is releasing 7nm begin 2022 and tsmc is on 5nm+. Intel on Wednesday confirmed that its 11th generation Intel Core desktop processor, dubbed Rocket Lake-S, will launch in Apr 12, 2021 · The Intel Core i3-10100 has 6MB, the Intel Core i5-11600K 12MB. The company had planned to move to 10nm in 2016, but a series of setbacks have prevented that from happening. all future CPUs are not set in stone, as well all (future) release dates. These 10th-gen 10nm chips don't offer a huge performance boost over Intel's eighth-generation chips. Intel believes its “Intel 4” chips will outperform TSMC’s 5nm chips (and draw some attention away from exact node sizes), but it has a lousy track record: It previously fumbled its transitions between its “old” 14nm, 10nm, and 7nm nodes. Let’s see why Intel’s value tumbled as … Aug 29, 2021 · During the peak of the dot-com bubble in 2000, Intel‘s (NASDAQ:INTC) market cap briefly surpassed 0 billion. Intel Corporation is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley. Dec 12, 2018 · Reddit; Intel today unveiled their upcoming series of processors destined for 2019, Sunny Cove, based upon a 10nm architecture. The reason they're in the position they're in is the result of a perfect storm of them being complacent, and having serious issues getting 10nm up and running. With up 40 “Sunny Cove” cores per processor, built-in acceleration and new instructions, the Ice Lake-SP platform offers a significant performance boost for AI, HPC, networking and cloud workloads, according to Intel. process, which makes TSMC’s feat even more impressive. 5x scaling in area per transistor (or 2x density). Aimed at 5G base stations, the faster P5900 offers up to 24x 2. It is based on following tweet I posted yesterday (the discussion was started by Ashraf's tweet about 10nm using Ru liner), and the debate it has ignited. 10nm chips are currently slated to arrive in late 2019, it Jul 02, 2021 · Intel wants to stay ahead in the competition for smaller chips. AMD currently uses a 7nm process. I think personaly that alder lake is a 2021 part, successor to rocket lake, either rocket lake on 10nm(suposing rocket lake is willow cove), or golden cove on a new socket (LGA1700). com. 2 SSD. But today Intel has a market cap of just 5 billion, and AMD is worth 0 billion. Intel is refreshing its Celeron and Pentium Silver line of chips for low-cost, low-power notebooks designed Jan 11, 2021 · Intel at CES 2021: Ice, Tiger, Rocket, Jasper, and Alder Lake. I have a TSMC 5nm in my pocket. Meanwhile, Samsung is introducing its latest 10nm chipset along with the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship, and Qualcomm is Aug 14, 2020 · As far as Intel Comet Lake-S processors, these are Intel’s recommended prices for each: Intel Core i9-10900K – 8 (about £395/A5) Intel Core i9-10900KF – 2 (about £380/A0) Jul 06, 2021 · Difference between Intel and AMD. After leaking a roadmap of new 10th Gen Ice Lake and other future CPUs in late April, Intel officially launched its first Ice Lake chips at this week’s Computex show in Jan 26, 2021 · There’s no word yet on clock speeds, but the actual Iris Xe GPU is built on a 10nm SuperFin process node, which will also be leveraged for Intel's 12 th generation Alder Lake processors arriving Feb 25, 2020 · Intel has launched a server-class Atom P5900 successor to its Atom C3000 based on its 10nm Tremont core. Even as rival AMD continues to push forward with its 7nm silicon, Intel has so far hung on to a larger 14nm node for Even if "Intel 7" (10nm Enhanced SuperFin) is equivalent to TSMC's 7nm, we saw TSMC's 7nm back in 2018. Frequencies and TDPs of Ice Lake processors range widely (from 9W to 28W), which points that Intel can now produce fairly large May 28, 2019 · The new Intel Ice Lake architecture is fabricated using Intel’s now matured 10nm transistor node. This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest Specifications Mfr Part Number: BX80684I99900K Model: Intel Core i9-9900K Processor Core Name: Coffee Lake Core Count: 8 Thread Count: 16 Clock Speed: 3. Cannon Lake can be considered a first test run. Using Intel 14/14+/14++, as reference the 10nm+ node used in Icelake could have a density of about 90 MT r/mm ². They are the world’s best business processors for thin-and-light laptops with 11th Gen CPU performance, new Iris Xe graphics and amazing artificial intelligence acceleration that deliver the world's best productivity Amirotronics I started this blog to explore and share new things in embedded systems and electronics and thanks for those who are reading my posts and following me. · 3h Blend of AMD & Intel CPUs, and AMD & Nvidia GPUs. Well, Intel has just delayed its Intel has revealed in its Q2 2020 earnings that its next-gen 7nm chips will be delayed by at least six months, pushing the expected release all the way into 2022. The company did show good growth Aug 14, 2021 · The result is what Intel itself calls a superior 7nm process compared to Intel's 10nm and 14nm chips. #10. #1. Yes, Intel still makes Pentium chips. This is Intel’s first new architecture for the Mainstream Desktop segment in several generations and it brings some updated technologies such as PCIe 4. It's only a matter of time. 11th Generation Intel® Core™ desktop processors reimagine performance and tuning for elite gaming with a new CPU architecture, AI-based acceleration, enhanced overclocking capabilities 4, up to DDR4-3200 memory speeds, 20 CPU PCIe 4. What makes me more concerned is that Intel has announced Rocket Lake - a backport of Apr 30, 2020 · As Intel’s major desktop release in 2020, 10th-gen Comet Lake-S confirms that we won’t get 10nm desktop chips until 2021 at the earliest. 11, 2021. Feb 23, 2015 · Share on Reddit; This week at the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Intel will provide an update on its new 10nm manufacturing process and new research on how it's Apr 09, 2020 · The second slide allegedly contains all the 10nm product launches that we could be see from Intel throughout this year. 10nm is on track we have some low power laptops now and we got igpu to work, and low clock server part soon to follow - Intel 2019Intel's 10nm process provides comparable density to TSMC's competing 7nm process, so it's hard to tell if Davis's reference is to either the performance of the 10nm node, or how economically the company can produce it. Jul 27, 2021 · Intel is moving away from the nanometer and introducing a new naming structure for process nodes. Apr 09, 2020 · A bunch of Intel’s marketing slides has surfaced shedding light on the company’s 10nm plans for the desktop market along with other related commitments. May 16, 2018 · Intel has finally begun shipping a 10nm processor, though this first Cannon Lake Core i3 is a tidbit ahead of what will be the main event next year. So AMD is likely to continue enjoying a 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K unlocked desktop processor. Arthur Rock (investor and venture capitalist) helped them find investors, while Max Palevsky was on the board from an early stage. 0 GHz 10nm CPU run like a 4. 1GHz turbo clock speed. 0 support, split into 12-28W UP3 and 7-15W UP4 models. Although the naming convention dictates that the Intel 10nm node should be behind TSMC’s 7nm in terms of density, performance, and power efficiency, … Jun 04, 2021 · At the moment, Intel’s foundries are lagging behind both Samsung and TSMC in terms of process node technology. 1 at 3:27 p. to/2O3oEAdCore i7- Oct 22, 2018 · Intel was very ambitious with its 10nm process—planning to increase the transistor density by something like 2. Moore (known for " Moore's law "), a chemist, and Robert Noyce, a physicist and co-inventor of the integrated circuit. At the time of writing the i3-8121U is the only Cannon Lake CPU available and even that is only available in this NUC and some selected laptops. 7GHz turbo frequency and 12MB of L3 cache. Yes, based on what we know of EUV, Samsung's schedule for 7nm in 2018 is at risk. By Hassan Mujtaba. Oct 21, 2020 · While Intel’s version gets the 10nm Tiger Lake architecture, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold includes Lakefield processors. Mar 10, 2020 · Intel’s response to this growing pressure is two-fold. With all that in mind, AMD “Chagal” Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series, supposedly Aug 27, 2021 · Intel’s Alder Lake processor family is poised to be a much more exciting release than Rocket Lake, which was only an incremental upgrade over Ice Lake that brought modest performance improvements due to being backported from an unstable 10nm process node to the more mature 14nm one that Intel has been using for a while now. Meanwhile, the name of 10nm manufacturing will be changed to “7”. Close. Till now, Intel's 10nm CPUs have been exclusive to the low-power mobile market. Today Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU, the third-generation Intel Scalable Processor, codenamed Ice Lake. The upcoming Ponte Vecchio will use the said Apr 21, 2021 · Intel isn’t slated to release a 10nm desktop processor until 2021 or even 2022, so we don’t expect to see Ice Lake on desktops anytime in the next year or so. They are the world’s best business processors for thin-and-light laptops with 11th Gen CPU performance, new Iris Xe graphics and amazing artificial intelligence acceleration that deliver the world's best productivity, collaboration and content creation -- meeting the demands of a varied workforce. S-Series processors brief. Once upon a time, the company said that it'd go into mass production at the end of 2015; with May 26, 2021 · Intel’s new Tiger Lake design built on 10nm SuperFin is much more efficient at utilizing high levels of power relative to 10th-gen, not tapering off until we get into the 90W range. That means last year (2020) 10nm yeild was really bad. Oct 20, 2020 · Rocket Lake will be the first generation in five years to introduce a new architecture to Intel's flagship desktop series -- we can finally say adios to Skylake. 2021. com/hardwareunboxedMerch: http://crowdmade. go directly to the 5 Reddit’s WallStreetBets Jul 29, 2018 · But with mass production pushed back to late 2019, the 10nm chips will fall under Intel's ninth-generation umbrella along with CPUs based on its upcoming "Ice Lake" design. This includes a growing portfolio of 10nm-based Intel Core processors with “Tiger Lake” launching soon, and the first 10nm-based server CPU “Ice Lake,” which remains planned for the end of this year. They’ll range from the dual-core Celeron Oct 08, 2016 · From the IEDM 2016 program. Never mind AMD’s comeback, Intel’s 2018 kicked off with its biggest embarrassments to date: Meltdown and Spectre. Nanometer cachet is incalculable: on it Apr 02, 2021 · Unlike the 10-core/20-thread Core i9-10900K, the 11900K is an 8-core, 16-thread part packing a 16MB L3 cache and a 125 watt TDP. 6 GHz 14nm+++ CPU Previously, we have seen a Tiger Lake-Y CPU Intel Alder Lake 10nm Desktop CPUs Surface in Leak; Coming in 2021? Areej April 9, 2020 Last Updated: April 9, 2020. 20GHz (32C 64T 2. 1 Gen2, SATA, M. Sep 11, 2020 · They were introduced on Sept. Replies 133 Intel 10nm/7nm CPU/GPU Rumor Thread : Cannonlake, Icelake, Tigerlake, Sapphire Oct 07, 2020 · Source: Intel. Intel has just -- kinda -- got its feet on the ground with the 10nm node after sitting on 14nm so long that it takes too long to add all the pluses in the titles. Apr 01, 2021 · Intel’s 11th-gen Rocket Lake chip was green-lit well before AMD’s Zen 2 and Zen 3 architectures rocked our worlds, company officials acknowledged. 67%) Ex-Dividend Date. Oh, no. AMD's revenue rose 45% to . Switching to a simple Intel 7 name is much more streamlined. It brings an 18 percent performance-per-watt gain over Intel 4 with level 1. [email protected] Jul 23, 2020 · Intel has revealed in its Q2 2020 earnings that its next-gen 7nm chips will be delayed by at least six months, pushing the expected release all the way into 2022. 's The Samsung Galaxy S20+, S20 Ultra Exynos & Snapdragon Review: Megalomania Devices. Assuming Intel ever gets its own 10nm processes going, they could then sell them like tsmc does. May 09, 2019 · Intel's 10nm Chips Arrive in June, 7nm in 2021. 40 GHz) quick reference with specifications, features, and technologies. 2 GHz 10nm++ Chip Beating Out a 6 Core, 1. Chris Burns - Jul 23, 2020, 4:40pm CDT. 9GHz. On top of that, both Intel 10nm (and variants) and 7nm will be dated nodes by 2023. The biggest cool factor in server chips is the nanometer. By R. The 15W Ice Lake-U and the 9W Y series are the only two lineups to get a taste of Intel's new 10nm Sunny Cove core architecture. At first glance, it may seem like an unfair marketing stunt, but it is important to note that modern processors stopped referring to transistor size in their names decades ago, and other aspects such as the technologies used in their production are taken into account. Intel is likely preparing to launch its 10 nm "Tiger Lake" processor on the desktop platform. It was invented by Robert Noyce. Intel’s 7nm nodes will be known as Intel 4, fully embrace EUV lithography for Reddit; Samuel Wan / 4 years ago. By Meenu Rana. At the time, its smaller rival AMD ( NASDAQ:AMD ) was only worth about billion. . Gate patterning same as their M0 and M1 oddly enough (SAQP). Nov 01, 2018 · Recent commits to the Chromium Gerrit code review appear to have added a reference board and variant that could indicate 10nm Intel chips are on their way for the Chrome OS platform. See Intel's Global Human Rights Principles. We run the processor through our new test suite and also take a closer look at gaming performance, including frametimes. The company is responsible for creating the x86 Mar 29, 2017 · Intel’s upcoming 10 nanometer chipsets have yet to enjoy a market release. A leaked Intel internal slide surfaced on Chinese social networks, revealing five new products the company will build on its 10 nm silicon fabrication process. 7 times—and wanted to use a number of exotic technologies to get there. Intel® Core™ i9 Processors. The previous numbers say yes Intel 10nm is denser than Samsung and TSMC 7nm but that may have changed. The 4nm Meteor Lake processor should ship after the Alder Lake family this fall. The company is allocating 10 nm to mobile processors and enterprise processors, while brazening it out with 14 nm on the client-desktop and HEDT platforms until they can build 10 nm desktop parts. Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Reddit Pinterest Email MiTac’s “PD10EHI,” DFI’s “EHL171/EHL173,” and ASRock’s ”IMB-1004” thin Mini-ITX boards extend Intel’s 10nm Atom x6000 with triple displays, USB 3. It uses the new Cypress Cove architecture and includes support for new instruction sets like AVX512 and DLBoost to speed up AI calculations. At the same time, Intel has confirmed the delay of its entire 7nm product portfolio, shifting by at least 6 months and a 12-month delay of the 7nm process yield. Mar 10, 2021 · Both benchmark database entries were found by @momomo_us and list several key specs for both 10nm processors. If "Intel 4" comes out with products in early 2023, it won't be far behind TSMC's 3nm process (which will likely debut in the 2022 iPhone). This is the Intel continues its Tick-Tock domination, with 10nm CPUs arriving in 2016, and 7nm CPUs in 2018. It's set Jan 12, 2021 · Intel’s 10nm Jasper Lake offers 6-10W TDPs. If we compare it with the rest of Xeon, these Cooper Lake will double the number of cores in the same socket. Due to the late ramp up, Intel will only have 10nm CPUs in numbers for the second half of 2018. All these 10nm issues did hurt Intel a lot. Daniel Nenni said: Scott Jones and I will be at SEMICON West next week and will meet with Intel. Intel saw success with dual-patterning (two templates) on its’ 22 and 14nm process, and chose to go one step further and pursue quad-patterning on its’ 10nm process. EST: Intel has reached out to the publication with a clarification on the release date. Education Details: Jan 11, 2021 · Intel launches four new 11th Gen Intel Core vPro processors on Jan. Intel's 10nm is roughly competitive with TSMC nodes from 2018. This is by no means conclusive evidence that 10nm desktop parts are on their way. Now, the company seeks to catch Jan 11, 2021 · The N-series Pentium Silver and Celeron chips will also offer gigabit Wi-Fi, faster storage and memory speeds, and up to 10 hours of HD video playback. Samsungs 7LPP (with EUV) is a power hog like Intels 10nm even with more power 7LPP can't reach TSMCs clocks A76 cores on Samsungs 7LPPThe meme of Intel unable to get 10nm working and seeing a 14+++++ future product is a fundamental strike to the soul of a company that has spent the last 30+ years priding itself on its ability to Intel had 3 major problems with 10nm: COAG, cobalt and 36nm metal pitch. It also has a mesh. Both benchmark database entries were found by @momomo_us and list several key specs for both 10nm processors. Laptops with the Evo brand must have Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and USB-C charging, which is a welcome change that should Apr 27, 2018 · Back at the start of 2017, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich was promising 10nm production within twelve months. Fingas, 05. 76 billion last year. 1. #4. According to the company, the new 10nm process will be 2. Jan 20, 2020 · FanlessTech. 0GHzを示しています. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3. 0 inch 2. patreon. After many delays, Intel is finally ready to unveil their new 10nm process. Its new Lakefield hybrid processor Jul 15, 2021 · Intel fanboys automatically think that 10nm will automatically have all the refinements that 14nm had. 07um^2). AMD Zen 2 Leaked Specs List Although AMD hasn’t given us a lot of official info about their next-gen 7nm Zen 2 CPUs, we do have a leaked specs list that seems very realistic. Intel announced Tiger Lake in January. Deepest scaled pitches of current 10 nm and upcoming 7 nm technologies Intel 10nm Delay In-Line With PAO. On top of that, Apple announced plans to move the Mac to its own Arm-based CPUs Nov 11, 2020 · Apple Silicon also uses a 5nm process, opposed to Intel Tiger Lake’s 10nm Willow Cove architecture. You can usually find it in high-performance laptops aimed at gamers, digital media creators, and pros. After that, its 7nm will be renamed to Intel 5 Jan 11, 2021 · Speaking of Intel 10nm, here is a recent headline: 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processor is the World’s First 7nm x86 Datacenter Processor As we all know Intel 10nm is slightly denser than TSMC 7nm so this is a false narrative. 8 GHz 14nm CPU. (Image credit: Intel) Three years later than originally intended, Intel is finally launching a full family of 10nm processors. Mar 03, 2020 · Intel's 10th-generation "Comet Lake" CPUs appear to be just around the corner to take on AMD's Ryzen chips, according to a new YouTube video from Dell. Meet Intel's 'Ice Lake' 10nm CPUs. The rumor doesn't actually come from MebiuW but from a Weibo user in China who has Jun 21, 2018 · The main problem for Intel currently is that AMD is already saying that their upcoming EPYC 'Rome' 7nm processors were designed with Ice Lake-SP (10nm+) in mind and will compete favorably with them. 5x for 14nm and 2. In an 'ask me anything' (AMA) posted on the Intel subreddit, Scott Rouse, Intel’s platform engineer for Rocket Lake, attending with other Intel officials, revealed that Rocket Lake was given Feb 18, 2021 · ReddIt. The Intel 10nm node used in Canonlake has a density of about 100 MT r/mm ². Like the 10th Gen Ice Lake, the 11th Gen Tiger Lake is a 10nm fabricated Core CPU, although Intel refers to Tiger Lake’s process as 10nm++. I think the 10nm processes require such large volumes to be profitable that Intel chips cannot support alone and they are going to need 3rd party parts running thru their fabs. Oct 17, 2018 · Reddit . Feb 16, 2021 · Intel 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs: Everything we know so far. Apr 02, 2019 · Intel Rolls Out 10nm Agilex FPGA, One API Software Strategy. After 2 years the yield was still very bad. Every forward-looking feature—including immersive XR experiences, an intelligent personal assistant and advanced vault-like security—is enabled by the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform. 25MB Basically, Intel's Ice Lake architecture is characterized by three features: First mass-produced 10nm chip by Intel. This is Intel’s first processor built on what they are calling Sunny Cove architecture, the Mar 31, 2017 · Aside from that, Intel’s jump from 14nm to 10nm will bring further improvements. This is the first publicly identified 10nm product, as Oct 22, 2018 · Intel says 10nm chips still on track. Samsung had planned to insert EUV in 2014 for 2xnm, so it is part of an ongoing delay. Intel will be using its high-power Golden Lake and new Gracemont Intel Renames 10nm ESF Node to 7nm, 7nm to 4nm, 5nm to 3nm in Roadmap Update. 10nm is on track - Intel 2018. Intel revealed that Mar 23, 2021 · Intel's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, has just given us a glimpse of the new Meteor Lake processors, with a prospective launch in 2023 now that the 7nm production process has been fixed. Intel says its process tech won't achieve parity with the industry again until 2021, and it Mar 31, 2021 · Intel is finally expected to make the shift to its 10nm node later this year in the volume market with Ice Lake-SP and Alder Lake-S after nearly six years of 14nm lineups. Skylake is now a true generational perennial with various iterations on refined 14nm processes, but only the 10nm and 7nm lineups of the next generations Sep 02, 2020 · Intel Tiger Lake is the second 10nm microarchitecture to actually make it to commercially-available laptops, even though it's the third overall – we all remember the nightmare that was Cannon Lake. What isn't clear, is whether these are Socket LGA1200 chips, like "Rocket The brand new Phantom Canyon NUC with Tiger Lake (4-core) and an NVIDIA RTX 2060 is the first device in this form factor we have tested that would actually be able to handle a non-trivial amount Intel was very ambitious with its 10nm process—planning to increase the transistor density by something like 2


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Intel has spent much of 2021 announcing plans for its future: a new IDM 2.0 strategy, new naming schemes for its process nodes, and new desktop GPUs. At Intel’s Architecture Day 2021, we finally got a preview of how some of those changes are coming together in new chips, starting with the upcoming Alder Lake lineup later this year.

As the company has been teasing since last year’s Architecture Day, Alder Lake will feature Intel’s latest hybrid architecture: instead of simply offering the next generation of powerful Intel CPU cores, it’ll offer a mix of both performance and efficiency x86 cores, both of which Intel previewed as part of its announcements.

Additionally, Alder Lake will be the first chip released on Intel’s newly renamed Intel 7 technology node (not to be confused with Intel 4, which was previously known as Intel’s delayed 7nm node, and will be available to consumers sometime in 2023 under the codename “Meteor Lake”). Intel 7 still uses similar technology to the company’s current 10nm tech, instead of the bigger leap in manufacturing processes planned for Intel 4.

The new x86 performance core — codenamed “Golden Cove” — is the successor to the Willow Cove cores that are currently found in the company’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors. Intel claims that it’s the most powerful CPU core its ever built, but the company only offered a comparison to its Cypress Cove cores (the version of its 10nm architecture that Intel ported to its 14nm process), not the more advanced Willow Cove cores.

Meanwhile, the company’s new x86 Efficient core (codenamed “Gracemont”) aims to be “the world’s most efficient x86 CPU core” while still offering higher IPC than the company’s Skylake chips. Intel claims that for single-thread cases, one of its new efficient cores hits 40 percent more performance at the same power (or similar performance while using 40 percent of the power) of a Skylake core, improvements that double when comparing four Efficient cores running four threads to two Skylake cores running four threads.

Broadly speaking, the “performance” cores are the ones that have featured in Intel’s beefier Core-class processors, while the “efficiency” cores resemble the Atom-class processors in lower power devices. And each of those new architectures would be interesting on their own, but Intel plans to combine the two in a hybrid architecture as a core product to its lineup — starting with its upcoming Alder Lake chips this fall — that makes them far more notable.

Intel’s dipped its toes into offering hybrid architectures before, with its Lakefield chips last year. Those models, though, only offered a single Sunny Cove performance core with four lower-power Tremont efficiency cores and were limited to only a handful of lower-powered devices like the ThinkPad X1 Fold. Lakefield chips were also supposed to power more dual-screen Windows 10X devices like the Surface Neo, but Microsoft backed out of those plans in favor of Windows 11.

The new Alder Lake chips, however, are aspiring to be far more ambitious. Intel teased a full range of chips from 9W to 125W that would utilize the new hybrid approach, combining multiple high-end performance cores with efficient cores for a wider range of power when users need it and efficiency when running less strenuous tasks.

Given that Intel’s announcements today largely focused on the architectures, there are no hard product announcements, but the company did tease several planned Alder Lake SoCs that would utilize the new cores. Those include a desktop SoC with eight performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and integrated memory, graphics, and I/O; a laptop SoC with six performance cores, eight efficiency cores, imaging, Thunderbolt 4 support, memory, I/O, and more powerful Xe graphics all integrated in; and an ultramobile-focused SoC with two performance cores and eight efficiency cores.

To make all that work together, Intel also showed off its new scheduling technology, Intel Thread Director, which is designed to better handle how activity is assigned to performance or efficiency cores depending on need. For example, Thread Director can automatically assign high-priority tasks to performance cores, while offsetting background threads to efficiency cores. Intel also says that it’s collaborating with Microsoft specifically to ensure that Thread Director is optimized for “the best performance on Windows 11.”

Intel, of course, isn’t the first company to use a combination of performance and efficiency cores for optimized computing; the concept has been a cornerstone of Arm’s big.LITTLE and DynamicIQ technologies for over a decade. It’s been a key part of the domination of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips for Android phones, Apple’s A-series chips in the iPhone, and — perhaps most relevant for comparison to Intel — Apple’s M1 computer chips (which feature four high-performance “Firestorm” and four energy-efficient “Icestorm” cores).

We’ll have to wait for the first Alder Lake chips to arrive in the coming months to see how Intel’s latest attempt at cracking hybrid computing holds up. But it’s clear from Architecture Day 2021 that Intel views it as not just a niche for in-between devices but as a key part of its product lineup going forward. Now all that’s left to do is see if it can deliver.


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