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Arrow Lake-P : the rival of the future Apple SoC ?

Arrow Lake-P : the rival of the future Apple SoC ?

It seems that some details about Intel’s future 15th generation Arrow Lake-P mobile processors have leaked. The launch of this generation is scheduled for late 2023 or early 2024. This new family will use two new core architectures named Lion Cove (performance cores) and Skymont (efficiency cores).

Intel Hybrid

This information reinforces a previous leak on which we had put a big wild card given several contradictions. AdoredTV seems to give credence to this information with some tracks confirming the bases of the processor that will be the successor of Meteor Lake.

Arrow Lake-P in competition with Zen 5 and the future SoC Mx of Apple

Thus, this future 15th generation will have a hybrid chip architecture that will compete directly with AMD’s Zen 5 and the latest Apple SOC. It will also benefit from an update of the architecture of its integrated GPU Xe. It is said (without really knowing how much credit to give to this) that the graphics part will be able to support the competition of the RDNA 3 graphics architecture of AMD integrated in the future APUs. The target being the future APU Strix Point based on the Zen 5 architecture of the reds. The particularity of these future hybrid chips would be that Intel chooses to solicit TSMC to have some “tiles” in 3nm. However, at this moment, the configuration and the number of cores is not yet clear. The S (desktop performance) versions of Arrow Lake could have nearly 40 cores / 48 threads. At this point we are talking more about mobile chips 8 cores.

Intel node roadmap

Until now, it is the next generation (Lunar Lake) that should have the TSMC 3nm process and allow Intel to be very competitive and even take the leadership against AMD and Apple in terms of performance and energy efficiency. It is obvious that for the moment Intel is hiding its game and that we will really have to wait for the second part of next year for the roadmap to become clearer. Here is the summary of the supposed details of the future Intel generations recovered from the Anandtech forum :

  • Meteor Lake (Redwood Cove / Crestmont) Q2’23

Intel’s first true chiplet ( or tile ) based design. Different arrays built on TSMC / Intel processes. This is more of a node removal with single digit performance improvements. AMD will further increase its lead with Zen 4+/ 5.

  • Arrow Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’23

Will present an updated compute tile with an 8/32 configuration for high-end enthusiast products. It could reach parity with AMD’s offerings at the time, but loses out on power efficiency compared to Apple.

  • Lunar Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’24

This is the product that is expected to use TSMC 3nm processes. A big jump in performance is expected and it is designed to reach parity or beat AMD and Apple in both performance and power efficiency.

  • Nova Lake (Panther Cove [provisional] / Darkmont) 2025

This will be the biggest architectural change in the IPC architecture since the introduction of the Core architecture in 2006. Intel is working to build an entirely new architecture from scratch, similar to Ryzen technology with up to a 50 percent improvement in CPU performance with Lunar Lake. This is also the reason why Glenn Hinton (retired CPU architect) was recently rehired by Pat Gelsinger.

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