Intel Raptor Lake-S inadvertently revealed an important detail

Intel Raptor Lake-S inadvertently revealed an important detail

We know that this year Intel will launch its new CPU series known under the code name Alder Lake, while Meteor Lake, due out in 2023, will be the first line built on the 7nm production node. What the Santa Clara company has not officially revealed so far is the codename and characteristics of its line up scheduled for 2022. However, it seems that the mystery was accidentally unveiled, reporting the codename "Raptor Lake".

Along with various details regarding the DG2 family of GPUs, Intel has also released some background information on its Raptor Lake processors due to arrive in 2022. Raptor Lake-S desktop CPUs will continue to use the LGA1700 socket introduced with Alder Lake-S and will likely be compatible with motherboards that will be released later this year. Raptor Lake mobile version will continue to offer an integrated Thunderbolt 4 controller that will use the Burnside Bridge TB4 retimer.

By the end of the year, Intel will introduce its Alder Lake platforms for desktops and notebooks that will feature an x86 hybrid CPU architecture. Intel Alder Lake products will include up to eight high-performance Golden Cove cores and eight energy-efficient Gracemont cores. In addition, they will support DDR5 memory and the PCI Express 5.0 interface.

Unfortunately, little is known about Intel's Raptor Lake CPUs at the moment. Some early leaks indicate that the Raptor Lake processors will essentially be revamped versions of the Alder Lake CPUs with some incremental improvements. Raptor Lake CPUs are expected to maintain eight high-performance cores and eight energy-efficient cores, but this time with several changes, such as improved cache architecture on desktop chips and LPDDR5X support on mobile chips.

After all, given that Alder Lake will introduce a number of new technologies, it seems quite logical that its successor will offer several optimizations and will not switch to a completely new architecture.

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