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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  • yeeeeman - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    AMD had to ditch*
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Well when Core dropped, AMD's time in the sun came to and end for more than a decade
  • Thud2 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Yeah I remember 2006. Nickleback, those were the days?
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    My ex loved Nickleback - threw so many of those CDs out the windown.

    2006 was the last time had a remotely competitive products, then 12 years before It has another one. 12 YEARS.
  • alufan - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    OMG the Aliens have landed you have just admitted AMDs CPUs are competitive, open those eyes a little wider and you will see that actually they kick Intels ass
  • Spunjji - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    Calling Zen a copy/paste of Skylake with "extra cache" is one of the most reductive, ignorant and downright absurd statements I've seen on here. It makes no sense: not from a technical perspective (they look very different even from a schematic level), not from a practical perspective (how would they copy a design that was being produced at the same time they were working on Zen?) and not from a business perspective (they'd get sued).

    Are you Gondalf in disguise?
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Cool story, misinformed, an a little butthurt for some reason.

    Ice Lake delivered 20-30% IPC and Tiger Lake likely to increase IPC by around the same amount

    Rocket Lake S (8 core) is the Willow Coves from TGL and on the frequency optimized 14nm - so could launch at 4-4.5Ghz initially. This is the last 14nm desktop flagship. With the improved IPC from both Sunny and Willow Coves, will be a pretty big upgrade over the i9900K and Comet Lake 10 core.
  • yankeeDDL - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    Just re-read your last sentence, and you'll get the gist of my OP.
    We in 2-3 years we have a plethora of products with anecdotal performance increment. Ice Lake provided 2030% IPC improvement? Over what? Intl's own slides place it marginally above Whiskey lake and maybe 10% over Kaby Lake (
  • Spunjji - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    @yankeeDDL My understanding was that ICL had a 20-30% IPC increase married to a ~20% decrease in peak clock speeds vs Whiskey Lake, so overall a marginal performance increase on the CPU side and a significant one on the GPU side. In theory, *if* Rocket Lake S can take those increases and manage higher clocks on 14nm then it *could* be very competitive. But the die would also have to be much larger than even 10 core Comet Lake, either increasing cost or decreasing margins, and who knows what power consumption figures will look like. There's also no evidence yet that TGL will manage another 20-30% uplift either; early indications are more like 15%.

    Overall I'm rating Deicidium's response 10/10 on the "strategic application of bullshit and projection" meter.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    Oh no some Rando is rating my post...

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