Intel, Linux drivers are enriched with support for a new platform

Intel, Linux drivers are enriched with support for a new platform


Intel has begun adding support for its new platform known by the codename Lunar Lake in Linux drivers. So far, the company had introduced support for network controllers that will be used for its CPUs in the coming years, but the latest update clearly indicates that the company is working on something called Lunar Lake.

Indeed , Phoronix colleagues found that the company recently added Lunar Lake platform support to the existing e1000e network driver, which is already compatible with Tiger Lake and Alder Lake. This patch will be integrated into Linux 5.15, which is scheduled for release next fall. As a result, when Lunar Lake launches several years from now, its networking capabilities will already be supported in the popular open source operating system.

Credit: Intel A quick check of the changes made revealed that the Lunar Lake platform of Intel will continue to use an I219 GbE version of the controller. Of course, nothing can stop PC makers from installing a more advanced 2.5GbE, 5GbE, or 10GbE controller into their systems.

Unfortunately, we don't know much about Lunar Lake at the moment, but it looks like it will take over. of Meteor Lake, scheduled for 2023. Therefore, Lunar Lake is expected to be commercialized in 2024. given the fact that Meteor Lake will use a chiplet architecture (as confirmed by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger several months ago), we can speculate that Lunar Lake will also use a similar design.

It will be interesting to see some CPU microarchitecture used. Intel introduced its first “Cove” microarchitecture (Sunny Cove in Ice Lake processors) in 2019. Typically, CPU designers tend to radically alter their microarchitectures once every about five years. That said, there are some chances that Lunar Lake will actually use a completely new microarchitecture, but at the moment, of course, this is just speculation.

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Intel Shares Slump As Muted 2021 Forecast, Margins Cloud Solid Earnings

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Intel Corp. shares slumped lower Friday after the chipmaker posted stronger-than-expected second quarter earnings but issued a tepid near-term sales forecast that appears compounded by issues in the semiconductor supply chain.


Intel lifted its second-half revenue forecast to $73.5 billion, a $1 billion bump from its previous estimate, with modestly higher forecasts for free cash flow and adjusted earnings, but noted that gross margins will be lower than in part to rising costs linked to the rollout of its 7-nm chips and constraints in the global semiconductor supply chain.

Intel reported headline earnings of of $1.28 a share, up 12.3% from last year, on sales of $18.5 billion, up 2% from a year ago. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting earnings of $1.07 a share on revenue of $17.8 billion.

The composition of its second quarter earnings also gave investors pause, with data center chip revenues -- which usually have a higher margin -- falling 9% to $6.5 billion. Personal computing division revenues were up 6% to $10.1 billion, a figure CEO Pat Gelsinger sees rising into 2022 as well, citing work-from-home demand, replacement cycles and rising penetration in schools and businesses.

'These trends underpin my belief that we are still in the early stages of a sustainable cycle of PC growth, and our OEM and channel partners have resoundingly affirmed this perspective. Beyond client, we are seeing near-term recovery across traditional data center market, as well as explosive long-term demand from the cloud to the intelligent edge,' Gelsinger told investors on a conference call late Thursday.

'On the other side of the equation, the strong demand environment continues to stress the supply chain,' he added. 'While I expect the shortages to bottom out in the second half, it will take another one to two years before the industry is able to completely catch up with demand.'

Intel shares were marked 5% lower in early trading Friday to change hands at $53.22 each, a move that would trim the stock's year-to-date gain to around 6.8%.

'We see additional gross margin headwinds as management has elected to not entirely pass through raw material cost increases, possibly to stall (Advanced Micro Devices ) share gains,' said Oppenheimer analyst Rick Schafer, who carries a market-perform rating on the stock.

'While we applaud aggressive measures taken by new management, we take a wait-and-see approach,' he added.

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