A brief look at the next generations of Intel Core processors –

New information about Intel’s next-generation desktop processors, codenamed Alder Lake (12th-generation core), Meteor Lake (13th-generation core) and Lunar Lake (14th-generation core), has been discovered by Moore’s Law is Dead. As you can see, Intel adheres to the method of naming processor families with the word Lake. The company will follow this hierarchy at least until the mid-1920s if something unusual happens.

The Alder Lake family has been officially confirmed by Intel and should be on the market by the end of the year. But in the next Chipmunk plans – in the spring of 2021 to liberate Rocket Lake. According to insiders, Alder Lake, located 10 nm away, will not be available until early 2022.

The CPI index for the Alsace family is expected to increase by 35-50% compared to the Skylake architecture (6-10 generation core) and 10-20% compared to Willow Cove (mobile family of Lake Tiger). Lake Alsace remains based on a monolithic structure with a dynamic frequency acceleration of about 5 GHz. The optimized Xe kernel with 32 runtime modules is responsible for the graphical processing.

It has long been known that the most important innovation of Alsace Lake will be a hybrid technology that combines large (Golden Cove architecture) and small (Graysmont) cores in one crystal. The hybrid technology has been successfully tested at the SoC Lakefield and is ready for large vessels. The Golden Cove cores support multithreading, giving the older Core i9 processors an attractive 8/16 + 8 configuration that can handle 24 wires simultaneously.

In addition, the LGA1700 platform is expected to support the new DDR5 memory standard and PCIe 5.0 bus in addition to the upcoming Thunderbolt protocol. Although this is the most plausible option with simultaneous memory support for DDR4 and DDR5.

The Meteor Lake line is expected to be the first to adopt Intel’s 7 nm EUV process and is based on the promising Redwood Cove architecture. On the other hand, it is claimed that Redwood Cove was originally designed as a separate unit, which means that it can be produced in different factories. The leaks mention TSMC as supplier of backup or even partial chips based on Redwood Cove’s architecture.

The Meteor Lake processors will probably be the first generation of Intel processors for which the chip manufacturer will leave the Sandy Bridge ring bus, which is covered by the web. There are also rumours that the Meteormer could use a fully three-dimensional layout and an I/O matrix from an external facility (TSMC).

The Meteorsee will still be part of the LGA1700 platform, but already needs to be converted to DDR5. Given the current scenario of supporting WFD4 and WFD5 within the LGA1700, it is likely that differentiation will be achieved by producing different generations of chips which, by analogy with the LGA1151 , may even be incompatible with each other.

Finally, the Intel Lunar Lake family, released near 2024 and recently appeared in the graphics drivers, seems to be the furthest away from users. The Lunar Lake processors will replace the Meteor Lake line and will be included in the 14th generation. Generation CPUs will fall unless Intel changes the naming scheme by that time.

It is interesting to note that Moon Lake is included in the driver code with Gen 12.9 graphics. Elzenmeer desktop processors are listed with code Gen 12.2 and Meteorenmeer with code Gen 12.7. It is clear that we are on the eve of the evolutionary stages of Xe, and we can expect something fundamentally new in the thirteenth generation of blue graphs.

Translated on www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version).

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