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Intel teases Tiger Lake at Architecture Day, will share more on 2 Sept

By Kenny Yeo - on 13 Aug 2020, 9:01pm

Intel teases Tiger Lake at Architecture Day, will share more on 2 Sept

(Image source: Intel)

It's no secret that Intel is in a bit of a pickle. Despite a strong Q2 showing, the company also announced that its 7nm processors will be delayed – again.

As a result, the company underwent a massive reorganizsation, which saw its chief engineering officer, Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, departing as well as its Systems Architecture and Client Group being broken into several smaller units.

(Image source: Intel)

So to say that its upcoming Tiger Lake processors will be a big deal is not an understatement. Intel needs a hit especially considering how promising and competitive AMD's new Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors are.

To give a quick overview, Tiger Lake will be built using Intel's third-generation 10nm process node called 10nm++.

It features what Intel calls SuperFin transistors that provide higher drive current, higher channel mobility, and lower resistance. It also has an improved metal stack with Super MIM capacitors and thinner barriers. Intel claims these enhancements deliver improvement in performance that's comparable to a full node transition.

(Image source: Intel)

Tiger Lake will feature Intel's new Willow Cove CPU cores as well as the company's new XE LP graphics. As usual, Intel is claiming improved performance and power efficiency.

On the CPU front, Intel is saying Willow Cove will hit higher frequencies at the same voltages – as you can see from the graph above. It will also have a larger 3.8MB L3 cache.

(Image source: Intel)

And the on the graphics front, Intel says its new XE LP integrated graphics will features up to 96 EUs (execution units) and higher memory and fabric efficiency for higher bandwidth. Each EU is 1.5 times larger too. Intel claims that when you put it altogether, these 96 EUs can deliver up to 1,536 FLOPs of performance.

Tiger Lake will also feature integrated Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 support along with integrated display output support via Type-C subsystem, and PCIe Gen 4 for high 8GB/s bandwidth to the memory.

Unfortunately, Intel didn't disclose anymore performance figures but said that all will be revealed on 2 September.