Thursday, Feb 24, 2022, 15:52 Mac: Hardware

Intel's Leaked Roadmap – How Intel Plans To Beat The M1

In many respects, the M1 and its performance variations serve as an exemplar to all other chip developers. The chip carries extremely convincing performance, whilst still being more energy efficient than its Intel predecessors. Intel has meanwhile come up with some faster processors than previously, however, these come hand in hand with massive energy demands and heat development. Just recently, a new Intel roadmap was leaked – and it details Intel's plans to beat the M1, although things may already be too late. It could take years for the company to even catch up to Cupertino when it comes to energy efficiency.

Intel Partners With TSMC In Hopes Of Overtaking M1 By... 2023?
The next step in Intel's leaked plan is to bundle its own resources with TSMC's manufacturing technology to begin producing chips with the 3-nm production process. The fact that this requires TSMC's expertise was more or less confirmed by Intel itself a little while back. The platform emerging from this endeavor will carry the name "Arrow Lake", and could work as quickly and efficiently as Apple's M1 chips. This time around, Intel is concentrating solely on a chip for mobile devices such as laptops and notebooks, as opposed to powerful but very large and extremely energy demanding desktop chips. However, even if Intel does manage to bring such a chip to fruition – it would mean that Intel will only have just caught up with a processor released by Apple in November 2020, 3 years down the line. By the same time in 2023 Apple will be preparing to release its M3, perhaps even in a Pro/Max variant, at which point Intel will truly have its work cut out for it.

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Intel's Leaked Internal Document


Fresh Life Soon To Breathe Into Intel?
One thing is considered more or less certain – something is finally set to happen again on the chip market. Intel would be unlikely to be making such broad reaching changes or cooperate with one of its major competitors (TSMC) had Apple not impressed the entire industry (and a great many customers) so much with the M1. After a relatively bland decade devoid of innovation before the M1, the M1 has yet again led to competition on the chip market – competition which customers will only serve to benefit from. By the beginning of 2024, the first "Arrow Lake"-based notebooks are likely to appear. It will remain exciting to see how quickly Apple moves before then – as Cupertino is assuredly remaining active.

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