Intel has unveiled its next-generation client architecture, code-named “Alder Lake,” as the first performance hybrid architecture. The chipmaker announced Alder Lake as a part of Architecture Day 2021 where it showcased new architectural innovations in the hardware. As per Intel, Alder Lake integrates a Performance-core and an Efficient-core to provide significant performance across all workload types.
Intel worked on and developed the Intel Thread Director with a view to making the cores work seamlessly with the operating system. The Thread Director is built directly into the core and is designed, says Intel, to make the operating system place the right thread on the right core at the right time.
The company added that Alder Lake will deliver performance that scales to support all client segments from ultra-portable laptops to enthusiasts and commercial desktops.
Intel also provided some details on its two new x86 central processing unit architectures, the next-generation data centre processors; infrastructure processing unit architectures; and upcoming graphics architectures.
Coming to the infrastructure processing unit architecture or the IPU, Intel unveiled two of them: Mount Evans and Oak Springs Canyon. Mount Evans is the first ASIC IPU by the chipmaker, designed to deal with the complex and dispersed data centres while Oak Springs Canyon is an IPU reference platform built with the company’s Xeon D processor and the Agilex FPGA. The function of the IPU is to reduce overhead and free up performance for central processing units.