Intel Shows Off New ‘Alder Lake’ Chip Arriving Fall 2021

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Intel is releasing its newest chip this fall, and it’s called Alder Lake. Features will include support for DDR5, PCIe Gen5, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E (via Tom’s Hardware).

Intel Alder Lake Chip

Alder Lake will have a new hybrid architecture; similar to Apple’s M1 chip the offering from Intel will have a mixture of performance and efficiency cores, known as Golden Cove and Gracemont cores, respectively. The max number of cores will be 8 of each with 24 threads. Alder Lake will be the first chip released on Intel’s newly renamed Intel 7 technology node, which is a 10nm process.

the company did tease several planned Alder Lake SoCs that would utilize the new cores. Those include a desktop SoC with eight performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and integrated memory, graphics, and I/O; a laptop SoC with six performance cores, eight efficiency cores, imaging, Thunderbolt 4 support, memory, I/O, and more powerful Xe graphics.

The exact release date is unknown but some expect an October launch.

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Intel and AMD should move to ARM, as Apple has done. The writing is on the wall.

W. Abdullah Brooks, MD


Yes, the rumours were true. Intel is indeed moving to SoC. 

Welcome to the party.