Intel used its platform at the Intel Architecture Event to update us on its CPU roadmap for the coming the years, revealing a revised Intel Core roadmap that stretches from 2019-2021.
For its CPU Core roadmap, Intel has split its product line-up into two distinct divisions - Atom and Core. Atom refers to Intel’s more general processors for mobile devices such as laptops, while Core is the real nuts and bolts that we’re interested in for coming purposes.
What all means is that we’re going to be waving goodbye to Lakes and 14nm in 2019. Well, sort of. From Skylake through to Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, Cannon Lake, and even the upcoming Cooper Lake, Intel has stretched 14nm to the limits.
Beginning in 2019, say hello to Sunny Cove, Willow Cove, and Golden Cove. Intel Sunny Cove CPUs are due to arrive in 2019, Willow Cove is on track for 2020, and Golden Cove will be with us in the far-flung future we call 2021. It’s not even we’re completely surprised by hardware announcements but this is the first we’ve ever heard of Intel referencing Sunny Cove.
Intel claims Sunny Cove’s next-generation CPU microarchitecture will increase performance per clock and the power efficiency of its CPU range. Sunny Cove will be the basis for the next-gen of Intel Xeon and Intel Core processors.
New features for Sunny Cove includes the ability to execute more operations in parallel than ever before, enhanced algorithms to reduce latency, increased buffer and cache sizes, and new case-specific extensions and algorithms for cryptography, compression and decompression.
The first Sunny Cove processors should be ready to launch in the second half of 2019 and will boast 50% larger L1 cache sizes, large L2 caches, and a wider front end that will allow for more executions to happen simultaneously. On the security front, Sunny Cove will ship with hardware mitigations for both Spectre and Spectre V2.