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 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    LOL - nice mix of clueless and ignorant.
  • Korguz - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    you would know better then any one Deicidium369
  • Jon Tseng - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Yeah no EUV. Hopefully 10+ (or technically 10++ if you include that one Cannonlake part) should allow higher clocks in comparison w Ice Lake where peak clocks took a bath compared to 14++++++.

    7nm is due to come in Q421 with their discrete GPU line (I would imagine mid range not the biggest dies given the yield issues around a new process). This will be their first node w EUV.
  • Yojimbo - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    I believe the GPUs that will use the 7 nm first are the massive data center GPUs that will be going into the Aurora supercomputer. They aren't trying to be cost-effective there, they are trying to flex their muscles. The graphics GPUs aren't likely to be put on 7 nm until later. I would imagine that low power CPUs would be put onto it before graphics GPUs.
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Correct - the initial discrete GPUs will be 10nm/10nm+ and based off of TGL Xe. - Xe LP (integrated) and Xe HP.

    The Ponte Vecchio GPU is the HPC variant, and will be the initial products on Intel's full EUV 7nm line. I would imagine that the 2nd iterations of the LP and HP will be moved to 7nm as well.

    Sapphire Rapids (7nm Xeons) will probably be the 2nd product off the 7nm line, as the Sapphire Rapids is paired with Ponte Vecchio. Sapphire Rapids is PCIe5 + DDR5.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    No EUV on 10nm. Full EUV (all layers, not just 1 or 2) on 7nm,

    Discrete cards are coming soon - 10nm+ - Xe HP line - 4096 cores (512 EU), 8192 cores (1024 EU), 16,384 cores (2048 EU) - this is the huge chip Raj is holding up.

    Xe HPC will be in Ponte Vecchio, which is 6 GPUs mesh linked, large unified cache (rambo) - will eventually see AICs based on that new design - but not 6 GPUs like in the Cray sled.
  • yankeeDDL - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Is it me or it seems that Intel is churning new architectures every 2-3 months? Cascade lake, Comet Lake, Ice Lake were all released in 2019; three more (Cannon lake, Whiskey and Amber lake) in 2018. They are all anecdotally different: what's the point?
    Now Tiger lake is yeat another microArc, but finally on 10nm process: is it a shrink of any of the above?
  • IntelUser2000 - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    You are confusing architectures with products.

    Cascade lake is server only.
    Amberlake is 5W
    Whiskeylake is 15W
    Cometlake goes for high end laptops with 45W-plus TDP.

    Amber/Whiskey/Comet are all identical microarchitectures. Cascade lake is server focused so bit different.

    Icelake is the next gen, and Tigerlake is the follow up. Both on 10nm, latter a better version of it.
  • yankeeDDL - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    According to Wikipedia, these are architectures:

    Still, point is, they seem to have a different architecture for each product, vs AMD, for example, having the same exact silicon going into Ryzen, Threadrippers and Epyc. Yes, the connections are different, I/O chips are needed, but you get the point.
  • whatthe123 - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    According to that link most of what you're talking about are grouped under the same architecture:
    cascade, comet, whiskey and amber are all Skylake. Icelake is also part of another group of 3 products with Icelake-SP and cooper. The only odd man out is cannon lake.

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