Intel arrived at CES this year and its next substantial chip release, a preview of the twelfth-generation Alder Lake. The company didn’t go into much detail about the upcoming chips, but it did give us a taste of what to expect.
Like its predecessor, the twelfth-generation Alder Lake Chips will use something similar to ARM’s BIG.Little technology, a hybrid of both high-performance and high-efficiency cores. Intel says these are laptop and desktop CPUs and consumers should expect to get their hands on them in the second half of this year (via Ars Technica).
Arguably the most notable aspect of this announcement is that the tim regarding Apple’s new M1 CPU announced last year is probably not a coincidence but instead Intel is trying to compete directly with the M1, especially given how the two designs are similar.
The Alder Lake will use an improved version of the 10nm superfin process, which will go head-to-head with Apple’s ARM guide used in the M1. This, in conjunction with BIG.Little Architecture, reaffirms Intel’s desire to compete with Apple’s chips.
Intel’s announcement also hints at companies starting scaling hybrid chips into its current lineup. Whether this supposed strategy shift will work for Intel will be revealed in time. It’s also worth noting that we don’t expect Apple to use these new Alder Lake chips in any of their new products.
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