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2024 and beyond: Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm roadmaps
The Chinese content creator known as “金猪升级包” or the Golden Pig Upgrade Pack has unveiled roadmaps from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm.
These roadmaps appear to be either direct reproductions from official sources or are closely aligned with official and unofficial information. Without a doubt, they offer an insight into the forthcoming CPU series plans of both companies. This leak not only reaffirms existing rumors but also consolidates all available information into a single post, with the aim of presenting a side-by-side comparison of the plans of all CPU manufacturers. It is worth noting that these plans are quite extensive. While it is no secret that AMD and Intel are once again gearing up for new series involving upgraded silicon, there’s also something new on the horizon.
AMD: Strix Point/Halo and HawkPoint/Rembrandt refresh
AMD is currently in the process of developing two products, tentatively named Strix Point and Strix Halo, which some individuals have also referred to as Sarlak. Strix Point is rumored to feature two different types of cores: Zen5C (Classic) and Zen5D (Dense). On the other hand, the Strix Halo chip is expected to exclusively use Classic cores. Additionally, it has been revealed that the Strix Halo chip will make use of a new socket known as FP11. The Golden Pig source suggests that the Halo chip will support both DDR5 and LPDDR5X memory types, a detail that hasn’t been previously disclosed. In contrast, the Strix Point chip is said to support only LPDDR5X. Both chips are anticipated to incorporate an updated AMD RDNA3.5 architecture, with 16 Compute Units for Strix Point and 40 Compute Units for Strix Halo.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that the upcoming Ryzen series is poised to include refreshed offerings. The Hawk Point, based on the Phoenix chip, will reintroduce Zen4 for the mid-level segment, while Rembrandt-R (Zen3+) is set to maintain its position in the low-end market. However, according to the latest information from the leaker, these products may not be part of the Ryzen 8000 series, as previously speculated.
INTEL: Meteor, Arrow and Raptor Lake
In 2024, Intel’s plans include yet another refresh with Raptor Lake. The company is set to introduce a desktop CPU series featuring slightly faster chips, while the mobile series will consist of a combination of next-gen Meteor Lake and Raptor Lake processors. This information aligns with what has been previously reported by other sources, confirming that the inclusion of Meteor Lake in gaming laptops is likely to be an exception.
Gamers can anticipate a significant update to laptop designs when the Arrow Lake series is expected to launch in 2025. This new architecture will replace the Raptor Lake-H and HX models, although it will maintain U-series options for the low-end market. The lineup for 2025 will comprise three distinct architectures: Arrow, Raptor, and Meteor Lakes.
QUALCOMM: The first Snapdragon X
Notably, the source also included details about Qualcomm’s first Snapdragon X CPU, previously known as the 8cx Gen4. Recently, Qualcomm announced a rebranding of their 8cx series to better reflect their high-end chips. The data in this chart is derived from information already in the public domain, with credit to WinFuture, who initially reported that Qualcomm is actively developing a new chip referred to as Hamoa.
According to the information from that report, the Hamoa processor is expected to offer configurations with either 10 or 12 cores. It will feature integrated Adreno 740 graphics, but what’s particularly intriguing is its ability to support discrete GPUs via its PCIe Gen4 x8 interface.
With its support for high-speed storage, dual-channel LPDDR5X memory clocked at up to 8533 MT/s, and robust video encoding and decoding capabilities, Qualcomm appears to be preparing an impressive chip for its upcoming mobile series. Whether this will persuade more laptop manufacturers to incorporate ARM architecture into their future plans remains uncertain. However, increased competition in the market is always beneficial for consumers, as it can lead to improved products and options.