Intel’s Alder Lake Desktop to Feature Big and Little Cores

    Intel Alder Lake Desktop to feature Hybrid Architecture
    At CES 2020, Intel previewed upcoming mobile PC processors code-named “Tiger Lake.” Tiger Lake’s new capabilities, built on Intel’s 10nm+ process and integrated with new Intel Xe graphics architecture, are expected to deliver massive gains over 10th Gen Intel Core processors. First systems are expected to ship this year. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)

    Intel’s Lakefield processors were detailed in the last month which will be featured on foldable and dual-screen PCs. Just like ARM processors, The Lakefield uses Intel’s Hybrid Technology. The big and little cores are combined in the technology. According to a new leak from Videocardz, Intel is planning to bring the big.LITTLE philosophy in the desktop processors which will come to the market in 2021.

    Hybrid Technology Will be Featured on Intel Alder Lake CPUs

    Intel Alder Lake CPUs to feature big and small cores

    Hybrid Technology incorporates the packaging of the big and small cores together. The cores share the same instruction sets and registers but they have different overheads and computational powers. The technology gives higher throughput, higher clock speeds, and higher power efficiency. The small cores will make Intel offer improved battery life without managing the high-performance computing. These new hybrid cores would also help Intel in competing with the ARM design based processors which are quite efficient in terms of battery life.

    A recent post on Chinese PC shopping forums unfolded the fact that The Alder lake processors will feature the big.LITTLE philosophy which is very popular in smartphones. Coming to the specifications, the Alder lake CPU will be based on the 10++ process. It will feature 8 big and 8 small cores on the LGA 1700 socket.

    The leak is restricted to desktop processors as of now, but in the future, if this technology is featured in Alder Lake then the notebook parts will produce different impacts as well. The manufacturers are allowed to choose either a high performance or a low energy cluster by the big.LITTLE philosophy. The manufacturer selects one of them seeing the demand. However, the Desktop environment will not be affected much but the mobility applications are affected because the power is restricted and TDP envelopes are set to a limit.

    There are three types in which two are 8+8+1(8 big cores, 8 little cores, and an integrated GPU) and one 6+0+1(6 big cores and an integrated GPU). By referring to the notes, it is clear that Intel is investigating performance scaling up to 150W. Another interesting thing is seeing all the 16 cores working together. The possibilities of all the cores working together are very less because both the SKUs offer the same TDP. It is unclear now why Intel is still worried about the power in the desktop environment and it is expected that the frequencies will be clocked at higher numbers.

    Coming to the socket the processors work on, the processor will work on LGA 1700 socket. The LGA 1200 sockets are offered on comet lake processors so the new sockets will not be in working for long. Intel has plans to push 7 nm on approx the same timeframe on which Alder Lake will be available and this was confirmed by Intel at the Morgan Stanley TMT conference. This means that ADL-S will be used as an experimental platform again.

    Intel is all set to compete with AMD in 2021. AMD has already proved itself in the market. The interesting thing will be seeing the pricing of the products of both the companies. Both the companies are ahead of each other in some of the factors, Intel offers a larger margin buffer whereas AMD offers a stronger 7nm financial profile. Intel has given the customers the higher clocked frequency and it is expected also by the new 10nm processors.

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