Along with detailing the nuts and the bolts of their Q1 2020 earnings, as part of Intel’s financial presentation, the company also offered a quick update on their upcoming Tiger Lake client CPUs. In short, the company is now preparing for volume production of the chips, and expects to being shipping them to OEMs mid-year.

Intel first unveiled Tiger Lake back at CES 2020 early this year, where the company briefly detailed the architecture while showing off a device using a prototype chip. Tiger Lake will be based on Intel’s latest Core CPU architecture, and will also be the first CPU from the company to integrate an iGPU based on their new Xe-LP graphics architecture. The chips will be based on a newer version of Intel’s 10nm manufacturing process than what’s used in the current ice Lake chips, which Intel is calling their 10+ process. At the time, Intel was promising that Tiger Lake devices would show up by the holidays, a similar time frame as 2019’s Ice Lake launch.

All told then, Intel’s most recent update is right in-line with their previous promises. With Tiger Lake being another mobile-first launch, OEMs need to receive chips well in advance of when consumer products will reach the store shelves, both to give OEMs the necessary time to finalize their designs, as well as to build up a suitable stockpile of devices for a proper retail launch. So, as it always needs to be said when talking about Intel’s timelines for manufacturing, while Tiger Lake chips will be shipping mid-year, we’re not currently expecting devices any sooner than what Intel has previously discussed.

Finally, if everything goes according to plan or Intel, it looks like the Tiger Lake launch should be a higher volume affair than Ice Lake’s. Cognizant of Ice Lake’s slow ramp-up and launch in 2019, Intel is telling investors that they are holding twice as many Tiger Lake CPUs in reserve as compared to Ice Lake. The company does need to master its updated 10+ process to get there, but with any luck, Intel’s 4+ years of playing with 10nm may finally pay some better dividends as they bring up their latest process.

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  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Cooper Lake is not Ice Lake - Ice Lake Xeons will be upto 38 cores and be limited to 1 and 2 socket designs, and are 10nm

    Cooper Lake is still Skylake derived - 14nm - notable feature is bfloat16 and will be on the same platform as Ice Lake Xeon (Whitley) and use the same socket - but will be limited to 4 and 8 socket designs.

    2 very different products for 2 very different markets.
  • AshlayW - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    Cooper / Ice Lake are overheating disasters that nobody wants.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    LOL. They will outsell AMD 10:1 AT LEAST.
  • Korguz - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    oh ? and your source for this BS is what ?? post a link for once.
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Cannon lake was the first 10nm product - shipped a couple years ago - was not successful - it also had the Gen10 graphics (which is why we go from Gen9.5 on current Skylake designs to Gen 11 on Ice Lake - with no Gen10 apparent)
  • close - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    The last substantial and relevant desktop/laptop architecture Intel launched was Skylake. Intel is pushing for this weird naming confusion because it makes them look like they are actively launching newer and newer stuff, architectures, cores, etc. In reality they're pretty much the same CPUs as 5 years ago with slightly higher frequencies and performance that's been shot in both feet by the mitigations to their countless security vulnerabilities.

    Pretty soon every model in the lineup will have one of these confusing names.
  • mode_13h - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Ah, the irony of posting this comment on an article about a non-Skylake uArch CPU, that's a successor to an *existing* CPU, already with a non-Skylake uArch.
  • name99 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Sure, Willow Cove/TGL is what Intel now calls a new micro-archicture compared to Sunny Cove/ICL. Is that a reasonable description to people outside Intel?
    What's supposed to be new:
    - transistor optimizations (not micro-architecture OR architecture)
    - "security features" (so fixing more of the endless stream of security flaws in their baseline microarchitecture)
    - cache redesign

    Now better cache is always nice. But it's not much to justify the claim of a new microarchitecture...
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    More than just an improved cache - wider and deeper than Skylake. So lack of knowledge clouds your understanding. Quite a new architecture, not just improved cache.
  • mode_13h - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    I think it's more a case of *willful* ignorance. He just wants to bash on Intel, facts be damned.

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