The novel began in 2016: the Intel since then promising advances (and official announcements) concerning their processors based on the 10 nanometers. It was more than two years of successive delays, apologies and official announcements denying the cancellation of the plans until now, finally, we have more information about the company's plans.
Intel announced yesterday the release of microarchitecture Sunny Cove, which will be the basis of the next generation of Intel and Xeon processors to be launched from the end of next year. This means that there is still time for Apple to incorporate the chips into their Macs before the supposed transition to their own chips is the prospect of 10nm-based Macs, so it's more alive than ever.
Benefits of the new microarchitecture include improved performance by clock (ie chips will not need to run at such high speeds to achieve previous performance) and better energy efficiency for general tasks. Miniaturization also has the advantage of including additional technologies in the chips, such as cryptographic components or artificial intelligence.
In addition to Sunny Cove, Intel seized the day to also announce the graphics Gen11, which will match the new chips they are the successors of Gen9, which has been around for a good few years and proved to be the "standard" solution from Intel after the Gen10 release was canceled. Among the practical benefits of the new generation, we will have roughly twice the graphics performance and advanced media encoders that support streaming in 4K and content creation in 8K.
So that no one gets lost in the weird names of Intel, the microarchitecture union Sunny Cove with gen11 graphics will generate the generation processors Ice Lake, which the successor of the current ?Coffee Lake? (which equips most current Macs).
The company also spoke a little about future plans. By 2020, she intends to launch the family ?Willow Cove?, with cache redesigned, new transistor optimization and more safety features; in 2021 be the turn of the ?Golden Cove?, focusing on AI performance and single-threaded, improved communication with 5G networks and more security.
And not only that: Intel has also announced its plans to build CPUs ?vertically? that is, to make a 3D stack in which processor components could be arranged in a vertical architecture. Today, the traditional chip construction is all done in one plane and any attempt to subvert this pattern is frustrated because transfer speeds are greatly reduced.
With Intel's new technology, called ?Foveros?, these difficulties are overcome, and so processors can be even smaller, more compact and more efficient. The first CPU with the technology will be low power and will arrive in late 2019.
In addition, Intel has also confirmed its plans to introduce a dedicated graphics processor by 2020, offering Apple another option besides AMD and NVIDIA for future models of MacBooks Pro, iMacs, iMacs Pro and Macs Pro (today's machines). work with dedicated GPU).
Did Intel move in time or now late to attract Ma's attention?