Yesterday was an important day for the chip giant. The Santa Clara company made important announcements, and let slip that Intel Alder Lake-S processors, successors to the current Rocket Lake-S, could hit the market next October 27, that is, before the end of the last quarter of the year. We have no details about the degree of availability of these new CPUs, but the important thing is that, in the end, Intel will not have to delay the launch to 2022, as some rumors indicated.

Our colleagues at MuyComputer Pro have already told you about some of the most important new features announced by Intel. As rumored, the chip giant has decided to stop using a nomenclature based on nanometers, and has made the leap to a series of labels that will identify, in a clear and simple way, the advantages offered by each new node compared to the previous one. In the attached image you can find a summary.

This has an explanation and it is that, as we have already mentioned on other occasions, it is not fair to directly compare the processes used by Intel with those used by other manufacturers, such as TSMC for example, since the processes of the former have a much higher density of transistors, and this makes them more complex and are at a clearly higher level, so much so that some Intel processes based on an “older” node can overcome without problem to others of TSMC based on a newer node.

Nodos de Intel

To understand this better, a simple example is enough. Intel’s 7nm node has a transistor density of up to 250 million transistors per square millimeter, while the same TSMC node barely reaches 71 million transistors per square millimeter. By contrast, TSMC’s 3nm node will reach 290 million transistors. The differences are, as you can see, very marked.

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It’s going to take some getting used to this new nomenclature that Intel is going to use, but it’s clear that, due to this disparity of transistors between the nodes of different companies, including Intel itself, it’s a logical move in every way, and yes, it’s justified. Saying you’re using a 10nm process while your direct rival has jumped to 7nm may be misleading, as your 10nm process may be far superior, but this isn’t apparent to the naked eye.

Intel Alder Lake-S in October, will use Intel Node 7

Those of you who read us daily will remember that <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Intel Alder Lake-S is an architecture that will go for a hybrid design, combining high-performance cores with high-efficiency cores, and will be manufactured on Intel’s 10 nm node. Well, under Intel’s new nomenclature, that generation will now be identified as Intel Node 7. No, this doesn’t mean it has made the jump to the 7nm process, but it is a reference that Intel’s 10nm process is above TSMC’s 7nm process.

In their most powerful configuration, the new Intel Alder Lake-S processors will have up to eight high-performance cores (Golden Cove architecture) and up to eight high-efficiency cores (Gracemont). They will have HyperThreading technology, but this will only be applied to high-performance cores, which would leave us, in the previous case, a maximum of 24 threads. This new generation will use the LGA1700 socket and 600 series chipsets. They are expected to support DDR5 memory and the PCIE Gen5 standard.

Meteor Lake-S 7 nm

During the event, Intel has also offered interesting information about Meteor Lake-S, a generation of processors that will not arrive until the end of 2023, and that will make the jump to Intel Node 4. Again, this does not mean that it will be manufactured in 4 nm process, but that it will use Intel’s 7 nm process, a node that is far above TSMC’s 5 nm process, and that is very close to its 3 nm process. This simple explanation will give you a better understanding of the new scheme Intel has adopted in that nomenclature.

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Meteor Lake-S will not be the successor to Intel Alder Lake-S, but it will be the first generation of the chip giant to make the leap to Intel Node 4, and that’s why it’s attracting so much interest. It is expected to use the Redwood Cove architecture, and as we can see in the attached image it will be integrated using Intel’s Foveros technology. In this image we have a total of three clearly differentiated packages, and a very wide TDP range that will go from 5 to 125 watts.

After seeing this image rumors have emerged that point to a definitive abandonment of the classic “ring bus” that Intel was using, and it seems that they could even outsource the I / O elements in a package that would be manufactured by a third party, but nothing is yet confirmed in this regard. If all goes according to plan, Meteor Lake-S should keep the LGA1700 socket, the same that Intel Alder Lake-S and Raptor Lake-S processors will use.

<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>Meteor Lake-S dará un salto importante frente a Intel Alder Lake-S