Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021, 20:15 Hardware

Intel Presents New Hardware – Similar to the M1 but too Late for Apple
Intel's new chip is the first substantial change to the Intel architecture in quite some time but, unfortunately for Intel, no longer of any relevance in the Apple-world. After having already made the switch to in-house processors, it would be of great surprise if Apple were to equip any of their upcoming Macs with the new "Alder Lake" Intel chip this fall. But that doesn't mean that it's not worth taking a look at the company which supplied Apple with their Mac chips for years. As now confirmed by Intel, the new processors should arrive on the market during the second half of this year.







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Performance and Efficiency Cores
Praised as a "significant breakthrough" in x86 architecture, Intel is now relying on production in 10nm "SuperFin" process, combining performance and efficiency cores in one chip. This design approach began at Apple, with iPhones, iPads, and the new M1 Macs all using two different core types. With their new architecture, Intel isn't only promising more performance but also lower energy usage. The latter is of particular importance for laptops/notebooks, as the Apple M1 chips demonstrated performance not acheivable by any current Intel processor.



Just a First Look
Alder Lake won't only be available for laptops/notebooks but also for desktop systems. With "Tiger Lake" being Intel's 11th gen. processor, the coming processor will be the 12th. Intel doesn't want to release more details about the processors until later this year. The announcement of the Alder Lake processor at the Consumer Electronics Show was explicitly stated only to be a short look at the future product.

Information Previously Leaked
There were already leaks about the Alder Lake chip last fall. At the time, it was already known how large the chip would be – which was considered to be a sign of a new chip design with more cores. Also clear was that Intel wouldn't be able to switch to 7nm production, switching instead to the 10nm production process. A switch to a 7, 5, or even 4nm production process could be coming in 2022 or 2023, but likely with the help of other another manufacturer like TSMC.