Intel’s Architecture Day 2020 produced a first look at the company’s upcoming Tiger Lake processors, forward with a more complete show of Intel’s foray into building its own GPUs with its imminent Xe graphics — both of which promise to offer higher performance and lower power dissipation than ever before.
INTEL NEEDS A BIG WIN
These new goods are a big deal for Intel for a few reasons. Intel’s been forced on the defensive the past few years, with increased competition from AMD; its recent 7nm Ryzen 4000 chips are already ahead of Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake chips from a manufacturing standpoint and, in many cases, outperform Intel’s offerings in laptops. Intel is also facing pressure from ARM, which is starting to chip away at Intel’s authority over the major computing space, with major companies like Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple beginning to offer ARM computers.
And of course, Intel recently announced that it’d be delaying its 7nm chips until at least 2022 — a major setback for its upcoming hardware propaganda. Intel needs a big win this fall, to show its partners and consumers alike why it’s still a force to be reckoned with in the processor world.