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

    Well at much lower clocks my Ice Lake 1065G7 in a Dell 2-in-1 outperforms my 2 year old Dell 13 2-in-1 by a HUGE margin. I only buy the high end SKUs - so pretty much apples to apples.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    Sunny Cover delivered a 30% IPC increase - would suspect Tiger Lake Willow coves to offer similar gains.
  • Yojimbo - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Intel is coming out with architectures quickly now because they have a backlog of them from their 10 nm troubles. It's not every 2 to 3 months, but it's a fast clip. From the architecture introduced with skylake, which was several years back, they recently introduced sunny cove in ice lake, then tiger lake will have willow cove and golden cove will be introduced in 2021 I believe. After that they are rumored to have ocean cove planned for 2022-2023. So things will slow back down a bit.
  • yeeeeman - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Yep. They have pretty much 4 to 5 uarchitectures ready to go, just the node is keeping them still.
    What is new is the stuff Jim is working on and that is probably slated for 2022 or maybe 2023
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Different variants / SKUs - New Microarchitecture is Ice Lake Sunny Cove and Tiger Lake Willow Cove. Pretty sure Keller was involved with Ice Lake after the reset
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    I feel as though Comet Lake was a contingency plan - that got far enough along that it made no sense to not release it. Not so much new architectures as new SKUs
  • vFunct - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    So not only are they releasing new architectures Ice Lake and Tiger Lake, they're also releasing the contingency plan architectures - Comet Lake, Coffee Lake, etc..
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - link

    Right - because the new ones can't cover half of their market segments, because their manufacturing capabilities are still compromised...

    They're not releasing contingencies "because why not", they're releasing them because it's all they have to offer in those market segments and/or 10nm volume is insufficient to fulfil all orders.
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Not new architectures - Cascade & Comet Lake is still based on Skylake.

    Ice Lake is a new non Skylake architecture - Gen 1 of the new cores called Willow Cove. Ice Lake introduces a much enhanced IGP - Gen11.
    Tiger Lake will be shipping as a follow-up to Ice Lake with Gen 2 new cores called Willow Cove. Tiger Lake also introduced the Xe LP (Gen12) IGP.

    There will be a 3rd enhancement to the all new core design - Golden Cove - not sure what product that will be in - assuming the follow up to Tiger Lake
  • JayNor - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Intel says Tiger Lake has a new Willow Cove core, bigger caches, new Xe GPU. tweaked 10nm process.

    Rumors/leaks also say PCIE4, LPDDR5.

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