Intel Alder Lake-S and next Windows 10 set for a Halloween launch?

Posted on Friday, June 04 2021 @ 11:45 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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YouTuber Moore's Law is Dead claims Intel is aiming to launch its Alder Lake-S processor alongside Microsoft's Windows 10 Update 21H2. According to him, we can expect Alder Lake-S around Halloween.

Alder Lake-S needs new Windows 10 scheduler

The reason why Intel targets a launch alongside the next-generation Windows 10 is because the newest version of the operating system will come with a significant update to the process scheduler. These updates will make Windows 10 more compatible with the hybrid core architecture of Alder Lake-S.

Alder Lake-S will feature DDR5 and PCI Express 5.0 support, and this 10nm chip will be the first mass-market product from Intel with a hybrid core architecture. This means we can expect up to eight high-performance cores in combination with up to eight energy-efficient cores. It's something that's been commonplace in the Arm market for many years now, but it's relatively new for the x86 market.
The two CPU core types on "Alder Lake-S," the performance "Golden Cove," and the low-power "Gracemont" ones, operate in two entirely different performance/Watt bands, and come with different ISA feature-sets. The OS needs to be aware of these, so it knows exactly when to wake up performance cores, or what kind of processing traffic to send to which kind of core. -- TechPowerUp

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