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Confirmed x86 Hybrid with Golden Cove and Gracemont for 2021



After leaks is often cat-and-mouse game – what’s really legal and what’s not. Traditionally, AnandTech has stayed clear of leaks for that reason, and we’d rather have more sources saying the same thing, rather than resolving any potential rumors in the blogosphere. However, hints of a new Intel product, Alder Lake, have been beefed up over the past few months, including receiving a small mention in Intel’s Q2 2020 earnings. Leaks have suggested that it will offer a mixed x86 Hybrid environment similar to Intel’s current Lakefield product that uses high-performance cores paired with high-performance cores. As part of Intel’s Architecture Day 2020, the company officially announced the Alder Lake as a hybrid x86 product according to its roadmap.

In the roadmap and part of the discussions, Intel’s Raja Koduri confirmed that Alder Lake will be a combination of the Golden Cove high-performance computing core and the Gracemont high-performance core and the goal of this chip is to supply Level one ‘Incorporate performance’ option into portfolio. Raja explained to the audience that the company has learned a lot from building Lakefield, its current x86 hybrid chip for thin and light laptops, and while Lakefield focuses on battery life, Alder Lake will instead focus on performance.

Alder Lake will involve Intel’s next-generation hardware scheduler, which we know will be able to leverage all cores for performance and make it seamless with any software bundle. Intel claims that the Alder Lake will be Intel’s best performance-per-watt processor (ever? 2021?).

If the leak is news, then Alder Lake looks to offer an 8 + 8 design, though that is unconfirmed. Intel didn’t elaborate on whether Alder Lake is involved in any next-generation packaging, such as the Foveros (which Lakefield does) – but in Q2 2020 financial disclosures, it was supposed to is positioned for mobile and desktop. We expect Intel to discuss Golden Cove and Gracemont at some point next year, and then Alder Lake as an extension to those – we have been looking at Intel documents towards new leads for each of these cores. My prediction is to come back at this point next year, where we should have a lot to say.

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