Intel launches two new Lakefield-based hybrid processors

Tech giant Intel recently launched two new processors. These are hybrid processors with four Tremont cores and one Sunny Cove core.

Intel is making waves in the tech community with its latest launch. The tech giant is making a huge breakthrough by stacking together two different cores. Thanks to its revolutionary Foveros 3D stacking technology, the idea became viable.

Using Foveros 3D, Intel manages to stack together four Tremont cores and one Sunny Cove core into a single chip. The Tremont cores are intended for minimal compute workload demands. On the other hand, the single Sunny Cove core is for compute-intensive workloads.

Lakefield processors on the rise

Intel claims that its new Lakefield processors are significantly better compared to its 14nm predecessors. Using an improved manufacturing process, Intel was able to compress more transistors in the same circuit.

However, the new processors are not intended for desktop computers despite their impressive specs. Due to their highly efficient power consumption, they are most likely intended for handheld devices. It is not a surprise since the company is working its way into challenging ARM in the mobile device industry.

The specs

Intel is launching two processors: the i3-L13G4 and the i5-L16G7. Both are 7-watt chips and will have five cores. Despite their small footprint, both sports 4MB of cache and also supports DDR4X memory.

More specifically, the i3-L13G4 has a base clock speed of 0.8GHz and a turbo speed of up to 2.8GHz. The processor also has 48 graphics compute units to handle the graphical workload.

On the other hand, the i5-L16G7 has a base clock speed of 1.4GHz and a turbo speed of up to 3GHz. It has 64 graphic compute units, which should be more than adequate to handle most graphic-intensive workloads.

Looking at the specs, it is clear that Intel is pointing its guns toward the ARM-dominated mobile industry. ARM has its cores that are present in almost all mobile chipsets. That being said, Intel is challenging this with its hybrid architecture, which it calls “Big-Bigger.”

The Big-Bigger architecture boasts a new scheduler that is guided by the hardware itself. It will allow the software to properly delegate its workload to the proper CPU core, resulting in more efficiency.

Among the first products to use the new Intel processors are the Samsung Galaxy Book S and Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold. Despite being a relatively new piece of hardware, both processors support 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.

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