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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  • alufan - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    @Deicidium369 you really are a class idiot if thats what you believe, and i quote
    "Advanced Micro Devices was formally incorporated on May 1, 1969, by Jerry Sanders, along with seven of his colleagues from Fairchild Semiconductor.[3][4] Sanders, an electrical engineer who was the director of marketing at Fairchild, had, like many Fairchild executives, grown frustrated with the increasing lack of support, opportunity, and flexibility within the company, and decided to leave to start his own semiconductor company.[5] The previous year Robert Noyce, who had developed the first silicon integrated circuit in 1959 at Fairchild,[6] had left Fairchild together with Gordon Moore and founded the semiconductor company Intel in July 1968."

    Both are USA corps both have had many firsts and at the moment AMDs CPUs are simply superior and Intel is playing catchup, AMD IS taking share from Intel a fact backed up by the Financial results of both sides, the OEMs are roped in to Intel right now with servers that are all linked, Intel is very clever at segmentation this ties servers to a upgrade or renew program and renew is more of a risk, however the tide is turning in corporate buying as it has in consumer, let us revisit this thread at year end and see the results
  • name99 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    it's the triumph of marketing over engineering. They have nothing new to offer, so they flood the zone with PR month after month.
    The stream of new code names means nothing, as far as TECH goes the only interesting data points are:

    - Lakefield (and only because it's new packaging; it will be an all-round sad package compared to say an A12Z or the A14)
    - Willow Cove (because it promises higher IPC -- let's see how much it actually delivers)

    EVERYTHING else is old wine in new bottles. Sure, if you actually need to buy a new system, you may care about whether Rocket or Comet or Whiskey or whatever the latest name is in the segment you want to buy. But there's nothing new there in terms of interesting tech, just the same old same old slightly tweaked.
  • Qasar - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    thats why its called 10th gen, not 1st gen.
  • mode_13h - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Nah, don't buy into his narrative. He's muddying the waters between the ticks and tocks.

    Sure, everything is far more similar to the previous generation than not, but that's because CPUs are always converging towards what's optimal given the current technology. It doesn't make sense to start over with a clean-sheet design, because you'd probably just end up with something that looks similar to what you already have.
  • Qasar - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    who said i was ? IF it was a NEW architecture, wouldnt intel of called it 1st gen instead of 10th gen ?
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    No you are on your own short bus narrative
  • Tabalan - Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - link

    What? No, Intel wouldn't call it 1st gen, because it would require abandoning Core name and starting new marketing name for new architecture. As long as Core name has a positive ring for consumers, Intel will stick to this name. At some time Intel will switch to new name, but that's mostly marketing decision (to strengthen the new feeling of some uarch, for example Ocean Cove) .
  • Spunjji - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    The point is that *Intel* have muddied the waters between ticks and tocks - and they have, quite deliberately. Is TGL a tick or a tock? Meanwhile Skylake has gone tick/tick/tick/tick/tick all the way through to Comet Lake.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    That model was laid to rest quite a while ago.
  • yeeeeman - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    If ain't broken don't fix it. And Skylake/ice lake/tigerlake are all based on Sandy bridge more or less, which was a fantastic uarch. So good that and basically had to ditch its own invention, bulldozer and copy paste intel's Skylake core, pump it up with extra cache and call it a day.

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