Speaking at the Credit Suisse virtual conference, Intel CEO Robert Swan announced the PC market’s ability to surpass expectations this year. He called the next year no less exciting, promising to present in the second half of the year Alder Lake processors, which are noticeably superior to their predecessors in terms of speed.
Intel’s intentions themselves to announce Alder Lake generation processors in the second half of 2021 have long been no secret. The company has already disclosed this information in one of the quarterly reports of the current year. At the Credit Suisse event, the head of Intel considered it necessary to name the current sequence of the release of the next processor novelties in the consumer segment. Tiger Lake mobile processors have already been introduced and are starting to ship in new laptop models. The company promises to introduce Rocket Lake desktop processors in early 2021.
This contrasts somewhat with rumors that Intel is credited with introducing Rocket Lake no earlier than March or even the summer of 2021. Moreover, even about mobile Tiger Lake-H processors with eight cores, the head of Intel in this context speaks with reference to a more distant period – according to him, they should be released in the first half of the year. It is possible that Rocket Lake-S will come out before Tiger Lake-H.
In the second half of the year, as Swan put it, the company is preparing a “very good product update.” As noted earlier, Alder Lake processors will adopt the most modern version of the 10nm process technology, which in the new Intel classification is called Enhanced SuperFin, and more recently was referred to as “10nm ++”. If we count from the very first 10nm Cannon Lake processors, then Alder Lake should use the version of the 10nm +++ process technology, but Intel decided to carry out a kind of “denomination” of the designations.
Combined with a hybrid architecture, the new process technology will allow Alder Lake processors to significantly outperform Tiger Lake in terms of performance, Intel CEO said. This family will feature processors for both desktop and mobile segments, so a comparison with Tiger Lake in the latter case is appropriate. Recall that Intel’s hybrid architecture means a combination of larger cores with the Golden Cove architecture and smaller ones with the Gracemont architecture. This is analogous to the big.LITTLE layout familiar from Arm processors. Alder Lake processors are expected to require new motherboards with LGA 1700 socket.
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