At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, Intel would never go into great detail about important new 12th generation CPUs. Nevertheless, the company held a press conference this morning at which some new developments in the 11th generation CPUs were presented.
With an improved version of the 10nm SuperFin process, Alder Lake will adopt Apple’s ARM instruction set-based M1 chip and its kind with a somewhat similar architecture. This means a hybrid architecture of high-performance cores (Golden Lake) and high-performance cores (Gracemont), which are similar to the BIG.little design from ARM and Lakefield. Intel says these are desktop and laptop CPUs and that they will reach consumers in the second half of 2021, but the details are otherwise pretty sparse.
Most importantly, it looks like Intel is trying to stay one step ahead of the narrative that the company is facing some serious challenges as Macs with M1 CPUs are much better value for money than what Intel is currently Uses in competing devices – especially given Intel’s delays.
Unfortunately, that was all we learned about the 12th generation today. As mentioned above, however, there have been some evolutionary steps for 11th generation CPUs. Towards the end of the first quarter of 2020, the 14nm Rocket Lake-S with Cypress Cove cores promises some performance gains like a 50 percent improvement in integrated graphics performance and 19 percent faster instructions per cycle.
The full lineup has not yet been announced, but Intel has previewed some specs for the upcoming Core i9-11900K: eight cores up to 5.3 / 4.8 GHz, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes and support for 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM. No pricing information has yet been published. So expect to find out more in the next few months.
additionallyWe learned that production started on Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake server processors, which Intel claims offer higher core counts and improved performance. The company also announced new business CPUs (11th generation Intel Core vPro), N-series Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs for the education market, and 11th-generation Intel Core H-series mobile CPUs, with Today’s just CPUs will work together – announced Nvidia RTX 30-series mobile GPUs in high-end ultra-portable gaming laptops this year.
All in all, today’s event was more of a teaser than a full reveal across the board. But at least we have a general idea of what Intel will focus on in what is sure to be a crucial year for the company and its competitors.
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