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Intel Tiger Lake 10nm CPUs All Set To Roar on 2nd September, Official Launch & Pre-Release Architectural Presentation Confirmed

Aug 7, 2020
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Intel has confirmed that it would be hosting an official launch event for its next-generation 10nm CPU family codenamed Tiger Lake on 2nd September. In addition to the launch event, Intel is also going to deliver a pre-launch presentation discussing the architecture of its next-generation CPUs in the coming weeks.

Intel's 10nm Tiger Lake CPUs All Set To Roar on 2nd September, Pre-Launch Architectural Presentations Also Scheduled In The Coming Weeks

As mentioned over at Intel's investor site, the big blue giant is going to unveil its next-generation 10nm CPUs codenamed Tiger Lake on 2nd September. This aligns perfectly with the invites that were sent out last month. The launch will be hosted through a virtual event and keynote by Intel.

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But there's more than just the Tiger Lake launch that people should be excited about. It looks like Intel plans to host several pre-launch presentations, detailing not only the architecture of its Tiger Lake CPUs but also the Xe graphics architecture which is incorporated within its Tiger Lake lineup. The Intel Xe GPUs are the first graphics design developed by Intel's Chief Architect, Raja Kodrui & Raja himself will be delivering an update on the Xe graphics architecture and more on 13th August.

At CES 2020, Intel previewed upcoming mobile PC processors code-named “Tiger Lake.” Tiger Lake’s new capabilities, built on Intel’s 10nm+ process and integrated with new Intel Xe graphics architecture, are expected to deliver massive gains over 10th Gen Intel Core processors. First systems are expected to ship this year. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)

The 13th August and 2nd September keynotes are exclusive to Intel but the latest Hot Chips 2020 program details have revealed that we will be getting more information on Intel's Tiger Lake & Xe graphics engine in the coming weeks. Intel has several presentations planned for Hot Chips on the 17th of August which include:

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Mobile Processors

  • Inside Tiger Lake: Intel’s Next Generation Mobile Client CPU
    • Xavier Vera, Intel

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Keynote

  • Raja M. Koduri, Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, and General Manager of Architecture, Graphics, and Software, Intel

5:00 – 6:30 PM: GPUs and Gaming Architectures

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  • The Xe GPU Architecture
    • David Blythe, Intel

The 11th Generation Tiger Lake CPU Family - Built For Mobile Laptops & Gaming Notebooks

The Intel Tiger Lake CPUs will be termed as the 11th Generation Core family and would be kept exclusive to laptops and gaming notebooks. The lineup would come in three flavors which would include Tiger Lake-Y, Tiger Lake-U, and Tiger Lake-H. There have been several leaks for Tiger Lake-Y and Tiger Lake-U processors which are being internally tested by various OEMs and laptop vendors who would integrate the CPUs in their next-generation devices.

The Tiger Lake-U family would consist of 15-28W TDP CPUs and would feature 4 cores and 8 threads, albeit at much higher clock speeds with boost nearing 4.50 GHz. These CPUs would also feature GT2 tier, Gen 12 Xe GPUs, and would come in the UP3 (BGA 1499) package. Tiger Lake-U will be the first to hit notebooks on 2nd September as reported earlier.

The documents from the manufacturer mention LPDDR5 support for the said family whereas the rest of the lineup will use either LPDDR4(X) memory. We have seen laptops with LPDDR4 and LPDDR4X memory featured alongside the Tiger Lake-U CPUs so we can expect multiple configurations with few higher-end & the more expensive variants offering LPDDR5 support.

Intel Tiger Lake vs AMD Renoir Mobility CPU Comparisons:

CPU Family NameIntel Tiger Lake-UAMD Renoir U-Series
Family BrandingIntel 11th Gen Core (U-series)AMD Ryzen 4000 (U-Series)
Process Node10nm++7nm
CPU Core ArchitectureWillow CoveZen 2
CPU Cores/Threads (Max)4/88/16
Max CPU Clocks4.8 GHz (Core i7-1185G7)4.2 GHz (Ryzen 7 4800U)
GPU Core ArchitectureXe Graphics EngineVega Enhanced 7nm
Max GPU Cores96 EUs (768 cores)8 CUs (512 cores)
Max GPU Clocks1350 MHz1750 MHz
TDP (cTDP Down/Up)15W (12W-28W)15W (10W-25W)
LaunchMid 2020March 2020

The Intel Tiger Lake-Y family would consist of 4.5-9W TDP CPUs and would feature up to 4 cores and 8 threads. The GPU side would include a GT2 tier, Gen 12 Xe GPU. The Tiger Lake-Y processors will come in the UP4 (BGA 1598) package. The Tiger Lake-Y family would exclusively support LPDDR4X memory.

Then there's the high-performance Tiger Lake-H lineup that would consist of up to 8 core and 16 thread chips based on the new Willow Cove architecture. The CPUs would carry up to 34 MB of cache that's 24 MB L3 (3 MB L3 per core) and 10 MB L2 (1.25 MB per core). Tiger Lake CPUs will come with an asymmetrical 48/32 KB L1 cache and will fully support AVX2 & AVX-512 instructions. Tiger Lake-H CPUs would additionally feature Two-Level Memory (2LM) and SGX (Software Guard Extensions). Intel's Tiger Lake-H family would support DDR4 speeds up to 3200 MHz.

Intel Tiger Lake-H vs AMD Ryzen H-Series High-Performance CPU Comparisons:

CPU Family NameIntel Tiger Lake-HAMD Renoir H-SeriesAMD Cezanne-H Series
Family BrandingIntel 11th Gen Core (H-series)AMD Ryzen 4000 (H-Series)AMD Ryzen 5000 (H-Series)
Process Node10nm7nm7nm+
CPU Core ArchitectureWillow CoveZen 2Zen 3
CPU Cores/Threads (Max)8/168/168/16
L2 Cache (Max)10 MB4 MBTBD
L3 Cache (Max)24 MB8 MBTBD
Max CPU ClocksTBD4.3 GHz (Ryzen 9 4900HS)TBD
GPU Core ArchitectureXe Graphics EngineVega Enhanced 7nmVega Enhanced 7nm
Max GPU Cores96 EUs (768 cores)?8 CUs (512 cores)8 CUs (512 cores)?
Max GPU ClocksTBD1750 MHzTBD
TDP (cTDP Down/Up)35W (65W cTDP)35W (45W cTDP)35W (45W cTDP)
LaunchQ1 2021Q2 2020Q2 2021?

As per previous reports, the Tiger Lake-H CPUs will ship with TDPs ranging from 35W to 45W. The Tiger Lake-U CPUs will range from 15W-28W while Tiger Lake-Y TDPs will range from 9W-25W.

Intel Tiger Lake processors will feature some new changes to the architecture. First up, they will have the new Willow Cove cores replacing Sunny Cove cores which are currently featured on Ice Lake processors. Along with the new cores, we will get cache redesigns as stated above, new transistor-level optimizations, and enhanced security features. Intel will also be featuring their Xe GPUs on Tiger Lake chips which would deliver a 2x increase in perf over the Gen 11 GPU featured currently on Ice Lake chips.

That and coupled with the Intel Xe GPU architecture, the 10nm+ node should also deliver increased clocks compared to the first iteration of the 10nm+ architecture featured on Ice Lake chips. The 10nm Tiger Lake CPUs would tackle AMD's 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 4000 'Renoir' family in the 2nd half of 2020.

Intel Desktop CPU Generations Comparison:

Intel CPU FamilyProcessor ProcessProcessors Cores (Max)TDPsPlatform ChipsetPlatformMemory SupportPCIe SupportLaunch
Sandy Bridge32nm4/835-95W6-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 2.02011
Ivy Bridge22nm4/835-77W7-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02012
Haswell22nm4/835-84W8-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02013-2014
Broadwell14nm4/865-65W9-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02015
Skylake14nm4/835-91W100-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4/DDR3LPCIe Gen 3.02015
Kaby Lake14nm4/835-91W200-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4/DDR3LPCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake14nm6/1235-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake14nm8/1635-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02018
Comet Lake14nm10/2035-125W400-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02020
Rocket Lake14nm8/16?TBA400/500-Series?LGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 4.02020
Alder Lake10nm?16/32?TBATBALGA 1700DDR5PCIe Gen 4.0?2021
Meteor Lake7nm?TBATBATBATBADDR5PCIe Gen 4.0?2022?
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