Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.
Intel might bring Tiger Lake to desktops?
S0ix power states support for Tiger Lake SoC
Intel and Dell are currently busy implementing S0ix power-saving states into the Linux kernel. Those patches are necessary because Intel is slowly abandoning the S03 (power to RAM) power states in favor of more sophisticated S0ix states (power to idle). The S0ix states effectively shut off parts of the Intel SoC, which are not in use. They are not transparent to the OS and they require ACPI 6.2 specifications support.
Dell engineers have recently added support for Tiger Lake desktop systems that have been tested on pre-released hardware. This brings heuristic S0ix support to the Linux kernel, but should the final hardware be any different, the commits will be reverted:
These Tiger Lake systems are not yet released, but have been validated
on pre-release hardware.
This is being submitted separately from released hardware in case of
a regression between pre-release and release hardware so this commit
can be reverted alone.
— Mario Limonciello, Dell
Intel Tiger Lake for desktops, AMD Ryzen 4000G/5000G competitor?
Obviously, this article is not about the Intel SoC power states, but rather the fact that Dell admits there are Tiger Lake desktop processors in development. Processors that we have not heard about yet.
So far Intel only released its 11th Gen Core Tiger Lake-U series for low-power laptops. The manufacturer also confirmed the 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S desktop series. Now, when it comes to unconfirmed hardware, next year Intel is expected to launch its 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H series featuring higher TDP and more cores than Tiger Lake-U. Those are for high-end gaming laptops. Not once, has Intel confirmed that those parts could end up in a desktop.
The Tiger Lake silicon is more than likely coming to Intel’s next-generation NUC Mini-PCs though. If Dell is preparing anything remotely similar to those devices (for instance with its Optiplex or Inspiron MiniPC series), a desktop variant of Tiger Lake silicon could end up as a Ryzen 4000G/5000G competitor.