The company didn’t go into much detail about the upcoming chips, but it did give us a glimpse of what to expect.
Like its predecessor Lakefield, 12th-generation Alderr Lake chips use a similar approach to ARM technology called BIG.little, a combination of high-performance, high-efficiency cores to enhance power and efficiency.
Lakefield chips were highly focused on mobile devices, and Intel stated that the new CPUs are for laptops and desktops and consumers should expect to receive them in the second half of this year.
Arguably, the most prominent aspect of this announcement is its timing regarding the new M1 CPUs from Apple, which were announced last year.
This is likely not an accident, and Intel is even trying to compete directly with the M1, especially given how similar the two are in design.
Alderr Lake chips use an improved version of the 10nm SuperFin manufacturing process found in Intel’s 11th Generation Tiger Lake chips, with a combination of new, high-powered Golden Lake cores and new Gracemont cores for efficiency.
Tiger Lake’s CPU cores were known as Willow Cove, and an improved version of the 10nm SuperFin manufacturing process is compatible. With the Apple ARM instruction set used in the M1.
This, in combination with BIG.little engineering, confirms Intel’s desire to compete with Apple’s segment.
Intel’s announcement also indicates that companies intend to begin expanding their hybrid chipset within their current lineup, and it should be revealed in due course whether this shift in strategy is paying off for Intel.
It’s also worth noting that we don’t expect Apple to use these new Alderr Lake chips in any of its products.