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Intel's New Alleged Roadmap - No Raptor Lake (Alder Lake Refresh)?

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Intel's another 14nm+++ line up, Rocket Lake-S desktop CPUs, are right around the corner - I mean we have already got 2 reviews already of the Intel Core i7 11700K from 2 well known independent reviewers - and we are now also getting rumours about Intel potentially changing their roadmap based on the success of the 7nm FinFet process trial productions. Back in January, the then future CEO and now the new CEO of Intel, Pat Gelsinger, had this to say about the 7nm process, "Pleased with the health and recovery of the 7nm program" and the then CEO and now former CEO of Intel, Bob Swan, added saying that the company's yield issues with the 7nm process stemmed from difficulties with a sequence of steps in the company's production process and by rearchitecting those steps they were able to solve the defects. (Via)
Today's piece of information comes from a twitter user with the handle @OneRaichu who shared a few details of Intel's new rumoured road map for its next generation of CPUs. From the tweet you might notice that the code names used here for the next generation of CPUs are Intel's mobile CPUs - Ice Lake is code name for Intel's 10th gen mobile CPUs on the 10nm+ process and Tiger Lake is code name for Intel's 11th gen mobile CPUs on the 10nm SuperFin or 10SF process. Alder Lake is going to be Intel's 12th generation of CPUs both of desktop (Alder Lake-S) and mobile market, both based on 10SFF process, and early rumours suggest that Alder Lake-S desktop CPUs can be announced as early as in September, 2021 with a release date of December of 2021.
Now we also knew that there was a Raptor Lake which was going to be the refresh of the Alder Lake CPUs. Now as you can notice in the Quoted Tweet from @OneRaichu himself, Intel is meant to be releasing (according to its own roadmap) a new architecture then a refresh and then a new architecture and then its refresh and then another new architecture and so on.

Now this alleged new roadmap from the leaker suggests that Intel might be jumping the gun here, if the 7nm process works early enough, by cancelling its 13th gen Raptor Lake CPUs (refresh of 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs) and could directly launch a new architecture (new architecture - code name "Alder Lake" followed by another new architecture) in the form of Meteor Lake based on the 7nm process and these CPUs will become the 13th gen CPUs from Intel.

Also if 7nm process does not work as well and as early as Intel would like it to, Intel might still follow its roadmap of releasing a refresh after a new architecture and in that case Intel will push first Alder Lake on 10nm and then its refresh Raptor Lake (still on 10nm) as the 13th gen CPUs and Meteor Lake for the 14th gen CPUs on 7nm (new architecture - code name "Alder Lake", followed by its refresh - code name "Raptor Lake", followed a new architecture - code name "Meteor Lake"). Lunar Lake could be a refresh of Meteor Lake.

The Alder Lake processors will be based on the big.LITTLE core design with powerful Golden Cove cores and efficient Gracemont cores and will be supported on LGA1700 socket motherboards. Meteor Lake is rumoured to have powerful Redwood Cove cores and efficient Gracemont cores.

The move from Intel to jump the gun and drop a new architecture after Alder Lake, if 7nm is an early success without delays, could be due to the fact that AMD is beating Intel not even in most of the productive workloads, which have been the case for the past few years now, but also in the Gaming and single threaded benchmarks. So competition is good.

What do you think Intel's right move would be? To follow its roadmap with new architecture then refresh then new architecture and so on? Or should Intel try to take the lead and launch new architectures on new process nodes back to back to not only catch up with AMD but also to beat them and take a huge lead - as Pat Gelsinger stated in one of his interviews, "not interested in closing the gaps but being the unquestioned leader in process technology". Do let us know down in the comments section below.

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