When Intel unveiled Tiger Lake in August, it answered loads of questions concerning the CPU’s frequency enhancements (giant), IPC features (minimal), and next-generation GPU efficiency achieve (tons). One side of the chip it wasn’t keen to speak about, nevertheless, was whether or not the upcoming 11th Era Intel household can be comprised solely of 10nm chips or if we’d see one other “blended” launch with a combination of 14nm and 10nm components. With 10th Gen, Intel used a combination of quad-core and six-core components to blanket the market. This created confusion over which CPU was the higher alternative — a confusion that wasn’t helped by the truth that Ice Lake and Whiskey Lake excelled at completely different workloads.
Now, we all know the reply to that query, courtesy of a low-key weblog publish replace posted by Boyd Phelps, Intel’s Company VP of Consumer Computing. For essentially the most half, the publish walks by means of the data on 10nm that we’ve beforehand mentioned at ET, however there are just a few fascinating extra bits. Phelps writes:
The Willow Cove core will increase the mid-level cache to 1.25MB — up from 512KB. We additionally added a 3MB non-inclusive last-level-cache (LLC) per core slice. A single core workload has entry to 12MB of LLC within the 4-core die or as much as 24MB within the 8-core die configuration (extra element on 8-core merchandise at a later date).
And with that, we have now affirmation. Intel will launch Tiger Lake CPUs with as much as eight cores. The stage is ready for a knockdown-drag-out battle with AMD throughout the cell spectrum. In his publish, Phelps notes that Tiger Lake is anticipated to hit frequency enhancements of 1.2x and turbo frequencies of 4.8GHz, with “extra to come back.”
It will be extra shocking — and alarming — for Intel to fail to supply competitors in cell this 12 months. Cellular has been Intel’s biggest historic power in contrast with AMD, and Intel has quite a lot of expertise optimizing cell methods for minimal energy consumption. AMD has been taking part in catch-up on this regard; profitable the Floor Laptop computer three was a giant deal for the corporate a 12 months in the past as a result of it represented AMD’s highest-profile OEM win to-date. The unprecedented delays to Intel’s 10nm allowed different rivals to catch up and even surpass the corporate, however Intel clearly feels they’ve handled the problems successfully sufficient to retake the motive force’s seat. Quickly, AMD will launch its Zen three structure, and we’ll lastly get to see the 2 producers slug it out with brand-new cell architectures on the identical time.
We’re on the cusp of an thrilling interval within the CPU business. Over the following 24 months, Intel will ramp up 10nm and try and get its 7nm into market, AMD will proceed to evolve its present x86 designs, and new ARM merchandise from firms like Ampere, Apple, and Nuvia are all anticipated in-market. Manufacturing traits like chiplet adoption and 3D chip stacking will each be adopted extra extensively than they’re right this moment. Twenty-four months from now, we may even see a wholly completely different set of firms successfully defining what PC efficiency and energy consumption can appear to be — or, conversely, x86 could have staved off supposedly strong competitors by means of a reliance on options like software program compatibility and shopper familiarity along with improved efficiency.
Intel’s weblog publish doesn’t state if the corporate will launch 15W eight-core CPUs the way in which AMD has, or if it’s going to restrict its eight-core chips to higher-end components with correspondingly larger energy consumption. Figuring out the TDP ranges of the components would inform us lots about how Intel expects them to compete with AMD, which might be why the corporate is sitting on that information for now.
- Intel Unveils 10nm ‘SuperFin’ Course of Node, Tiger Lake Particulars
- Intel Pronounces Tiger Lake Coming Mid-Yr, 10nm Ramp Accelerating
- Intel Video Showcases How a 10nm CPU Will get Constructed