Intel confirms Alder Lake is using Hybrid Core/Atom architecture

Published: Jul 21st 2020, 09:02 GMT   Comments

Intel has issued a Linux patch adding Alder Lake Intel processor family support.

Intel confirms Alder Lake is a Hybrid Atom/Core architecture

This is a confirmation that Intel Alder Lake series will feature Big and Small core architecture, where the latter is derivative of Atom, a comment from Intel employee seems to suggest.

+/* Hybrid Core/Atom Processors */
+#define INTEL_FAM6_ALDERLAKE 0x97

As the code reveals, Alder Lake will be Intel’s second hybrid architecture, following just released Lakefield series for ultra-low power devices. The Lakefield is using Foveros die stacking technology, but so far no rumors have suggested that Alder Lake could also use such technology.

Intel Alder Lake is now rumored to be the first 10nm mainstream desktop series. It would also use a newer core design (Golden Cove) paired with Gracemont’s small cores. Additionally, the CPU would be equipped with integrated Xe Graphics.

The series will introduce a new socket for Intel desktop processors, LGA1700. The new platform is expected to support both PCIe 4.0 and DDR5 technology.

While the upcoming 11th Gen Core series (Rocket Lake) will bring new core architecture (Willow Cove), it would still rely on the 14nm fabrication process. That said, Alder Lake is expected to be the biggest architectural improvement for Intel in years.


Intel Alder Lake Linux Patch, Source: Mail-Archive

Intel Alder Lake alleged CPU configurations and Hybrid Technology description

INTEL Mainstream CPU Series Specs
VideoCardz.comCoffee Lake-SComet Lake-SRocket Lake-SAlder Lake-SMeteor Lake-S
Launch Year2018202020212022~2023
Fabrication Node14nm14nm14nmTBCTBC
Core µArchSkylakeSkylakeWillow Cove (?)Golden Cove + GracemontTBC
Graphics µArchGen9Gen9.5Gen12Gen12 TBCTBC
Max Core Countup to 8 coresup to 10 coresup to 8 coresup to 16 (8 BIG + 8 SMALL)TBC
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR5DDR5
PCIe GenPCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 4.0PCIe 4.0TBC
Intel Core Series8th/9th Gen Core-S10th Gen Core-S11th Gen Core-S (?)12th Gen Core-S (?)TBC
Motherboard ChipsetsIntel 300 (eg. Z390)Intel 400 (eg. Z490)Intel 500 (Z590)Intel 600 (eg. Z690) (?)TBC

Source: Mail-Archive via @InstaLatX64

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