Intel teases Sunny Cove, Willow Cove and Golden Cove architectures

Posted on Wednesday, December 12 2018 @ 16:19 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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At the Architecture Day, Intel presented an updated roadmap for the Core and Atom product lines. Quite a lot of changes here, the 10nm Cannonlake has effectively been dumped, instead we'll see a new chip based on the Sunny Cove design in 2019.

Keep in mind that the codenames below are the microarchitecture names, the actual chips these cores will be used in will likely still have Lake names. For example, Intel said at the event that Ice Lake will use Sunny Cove cores.

Sunny Cove is a 10nm product and it will be the biggest change to the Core lineup since the launch of Skylake. You can expect higher single-threaded performance, new instructions, and improved scalability.

In 2020 we can expect Willow Cove, this architecture delivers a redesigned cache new transistor optimizations and new security features. Golden Cove will follow in 2021, that architecture will feature single-threaded performance optimization, better AI performance, a networking/5G performance uplift, and more security features.

AnandTech has a nice write-up with a ton of details over here.

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