Release date of 11th and 12th generation Intel processors
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Release date of 11th and 12th generation Intel processors

It seems that new information has been released about Intel Rocket Lake-S and Alder Lake-S processors, including their release dates.

According to the HKEPC website , Intel intends to officially launch its 11th series of processors called Rocket Lake-S on March 15, 2021 (Monday, March 25). Unofficial sources had previously suggested March 20 as the release date for the processors, but given the short time left until this date, it can be said that the end of March has been confirmed a bit more. It was initially rumored that Intel would launch new products in April, but the company appears to be ahead of its previous schedule.

HKEPC further confirmed that the introduction of the twelfth generation of Intel processors known as Alder Lake-S will also take place in September (September-September). A generation that many experts believe is an important vision for Intel’s goals. Of course, it seems that users will be able to access these processors until December (December-December).

Important capabilities of Intel 11th and 12th generation processors

Other notable points covered in this article include the etching technology used in Alder Lake-S series processors, silicon wafer engraving technology with hydrofluoric acid . It is further confirmed that this process will be based on the improved 10-nanometer lithography of Intel SuperFin . Previously, only the 10-nanometer SuperFin architecture was mentioned. Therefore, it is expected that the design style of these processors will be more advanced than the Tiger Lake series . It should be noted that Intel itself mentioned the 10-nanometer ESF architecture in the Alder Lake series in late January this year .

Alder Lake series processors similar to the big.LITTLE architecture style ARM processors use high-efficiency (small) and high-performance (large) cores. Large cores, or Golden Cove, will provide up to 20% more IPC, or “average number of executable instructions per processor cores per clock cycle” than the Willow Cove cores  used in the Tiger Lake series . This design style reduces the overall energy consumption of the chip. This is a whole new approach to desktop x86 processing already on Lakefield series chips.We saw a corner of it (Samsung’s new generation Galaxy Book S laptop uses a Lakefield chip).

Rocket Lake-S and Alder Lake-S chips

In addition, we know that Alder Lake-S series processors will require new motherboards with LGA1700 sockets . It is expected that at least 3 generations of these sockets will be used. The Intel LGA 1700 socket measures 37.5 by 45 mm, which is approximately 7.5 mm longer than the current Blue Team socket ( LGA 1200 ). The larger socket size is probably due to the fact that Alder Lake S series chips are supposed to contain more cores than the Rocket Lake series. This new platform will be compatible with DDR5 and PCI Gen5 interfaces . (Of course, the DDR4 version will also be available at launch.) Considering the delays when launching new AMD productsCreated, Intel has the opportunity to once again capture the pulse of the market from late 2021 to early 2022 before the release of Zen 4 chips . Below is a brief list of the new Intel family of processors in 2021.

Platform Comet Lake-S Rocket Lake- S Alder Lake-S
Lithography +++ 14nm +++ 14nm SuperFin enhanced 10 nm
Nuclear architecture Skylake Cypress Cove Golden Cove + Gracemont
Number of cores Up to 10 cores Up to 8 cores Up to 16 cores (8 + 8)
socket LGA1200 LGA1200 LGA1700
Media memory Ddr4 Ddr4 DDR4 / DDR5
PCI interface PCIe 3.0 PCIe 4.0 PCIe 5.0


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