Intel Alder Lake S processors could arrive later this year . Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, illustrated the company's roadmap in a webcast held on July 26, giving us some insights on the news of the company's production processes. Intel aims to regain its dominance in the market afterIBM 'srevolution of the 2nm chip, and it does so by abandoning the nanometer nomenclature we are used to. The next event, scheduled for October 27-28, could therefore be the springboard for the new 12th generation Intel processors, known as Alder Lake S.
Intel Alder Lake S: What We Know
Last March VideoCardz, the leading provider of news on graphics cards, had provided numerous details on the new Intel chips. According to the reported information, Intel claims that the new Alder Lake processors will provide twice the speed in multithreading than the predecessor. The new generation will be based on a hybrid architecture consisting of Golden Cove and Gracemont cores, ensuring high performance and efficiency together. The configuration includes up to 16 cores (8 + 8) with integrated Intel Xe graphics . Intel also guarantees a 10-15% increase in single thread performance thanks to the new hybrid design.
Intel is already looking ahead and the roadmap reaches 2024. In 2022, Raptor Lake-S, successor of Alder Lake, will arrive. From the information currently on the net it seems that the 13th generation will not differ much from the previous one, if not for the abandonment of support for DDR4 memories. 2023 will be the year of Meteor Lake-S, chips built with 7nm Enhanced Superfin technology , while in 2024 we will discover the Lunar Lake-S. Of the latter there are not many details yet, except that they too will support DDR5 memory.
The new Intel naming
Starting with the 12th generation , Intel chips will abandon the classic nanometer nomenclature to embrace a more emblematic one of the construction process. The wording "x-nm" is considered a bit "misleading" due to the fact that it does not indicate the size of the chip, but the node used to produce it. The result is that the 10nm chips will change their name to "Intel 7". These will be based on Enhanced SuperFin technology.
Starting from the next generation, then with Meteor Lake-S, the chips will be called "Intel 4", followed by Intel 3 and Intel 20A. For this latest generation, the company plans to use RibbonFet and PowerVia transistors for power supply, thus starting the so-called angstrom era . PowerVia technology allows for power from the rear, so that transistors can be inserted into the wiring layers. With Intel 4, the company will use EUV ( extreme ultraviolet ) lithography for small print sizes, and is expected to increase performance by 20% over Intel 7. The aforementioned angstrom era also has the Intel 18A in its plans. , for which development is expected in early 2025.
Building on Intel's undisputed leadership in advanced packaging, we are accelerating our innovation roadmap to ensure we are on the path to process performance leadership by 2025. With an unparalleled innovation program, we bring technology advancements to starting from the transistor up to the system level. Until the periodic table of elements is exhausted, we will not stop pursuing Moore's law on our path to innovation with the magic of silicon.
Intel's milestones are well defined and full of expectations. In the meantime, there is the will to open a new series of production plants in Europe : Gelsinger himself met in Paris with Prime Minister Mario Draghi to discuss the project and obtain investment support. Will the company be able to re-establish itself as the leader in semiconductors?