Intel is accelerating the development of new processing platforms and the twelfth generation ‘Alder Lake’ will undoubtedly be the most interesting and innovative for its hybrid architecture and for its objective of closing the transition to the technological processes of 10 nanometer manufacturing.
The Alder Lake Mobile will be the CPUs for laptops and surely where they can best highlight the virtues of the new architecture that will combine high-performance CPU processing cores with other types of lower-power cores, but with greater energy efficiency to balance performance, consumption and also the final sale price.
Intel has already begun to use this type of design in the ‘Lakefield’ for folding such as the Surface Neo and it will sound familiar to you because the general idea follows the big.LITTLE design philosophy proposed by ARM and which has been used massively for years in devices such as smartphones and tablets. The novelty here is to do it on the x86 architecture and with higher performance chips than ARMs in mobiles.
Alder Lake Mobile, versions
According to filtered slide Intel’s 12th Generation CPUs for Handheld Devices will be divided into three main categories and five performance segments, each targeting a different product:
Alder Lake M. The first and least powerful will be divided into two series M5 and U9, with a consumption of 5W and 9W respectively. They will be used for 2-in-1, convertibles, and general ultra-thin laptop designs. Based on the leaked product stack, the Alder Lake-M5 will offer 1 high-performance ‘Golden Cove’ core and up to 4 lower-performance, but more efficient Golden Cove cores. The U9 series will feature up to 2 high-performance cores and up to 8 smaller cores.
Alder Lake P. The intermediate models will be divided into three series according to their performance, U15, U28 and H45, with a respective consumption of 15, 28 and 45 watts. The former will be offered with up to 2 large cores and up to 8 small cores, while the U28 will be a new addition to Intel’s mobile line with up to 6 large cores and up to 8 small cores.
The H45s would be the most powerful, with the same core count as the previous one, 6 large cores and up to 8 small cores, but with higher working frequencies. All will have next-generation Intel Xe integrated graphics with 96 execution units, indicating that these chips will be used without dedicated graphics.
Alder Lake S. They will be the higher-performance versions of the Alder Lake Mobile and will be intended for large gaming laptops or entry-level workstations that don’t make the jump to the Xeon. The H55s as their name implies will have a TDP of 55 watts. With 8 high-performance physical cores and another 8 efficient Golden Cove they will also have integrated graphics, but they will only have 32 execution units. This indicates that computers with these processors will have additional dedicated graphics from NVIDIA or AMD, or the same from Intel if they achieve sufficient performance.
Interesting these Alder Lake Mobile for the use of a hybrid architecture and other developments in new technologies with the jump to the LPDDR5 RAM memories and to the PCIe 5.0 interface. They aim to launch later this year, although we will have to wait for Intel’s decision since the launch of the Tiger Lake is still taking place and Intel will accumulate launches in a short space of time as a result of the problematic transition to the processes 10 nanometer fabrication.
If you get lost with the Intel catalog, we recommend reading our last special where we review the current platforms, those that are yet to come like these Alder Lake Mobile and those that Intel has discontinued, but that you can still find for sale.