Over the next month or so Intel is scheduled to launch its next-generation Tiger Lake family of processors. Detailed in bits and pieces over the past several months, Tiger Lake will be Intel’s third 10nm-based CPU family and will incorporate the company’s Willow Cove CPU architecture as well as the first integrated GPU based on their new Xe GPU architecture. With that launch quickly approaching, Intel’s investor site has posted notice that the company will be holding two Tiger Lake-related events over the next month, with presentations scheduled for August 13th and September 2nd.

First off, on August 13th Intel will be holding a presentation they’re dubbing “Updates From Our Chief Architect”. The event is set to be run by Raja Koduri, Intel’s chief architect, as well as the general manager of Architecture, Graphics, and Software groups. No other details are being offered about the event at this time – which is typical for investor event announcements – however given Koduri’s background in graphics we can easily make some educated guesses about what will be presented.

Intel to date has offered very little in details about the Xe-LP GPU architecture that will be going into Tiger Lake (and the DG1). So with Koduri helming the event we’re expecting to finally get some major Xe-related graphics architecture disclosures. Whether we should expect to see similar updates for the CPU side of Tiger Lake (Willow Cove) is a bit more nebulous, however; Koduri is Intel’s chief architect for a reason, but it’s well-known that his primary duties at Intel are GPU-related. But regardless of whatever is disclosed, it’s clear that this is going to be an architecture-focused event, as Intel has scheduled a second, later event as the official Tiger Lake launch.

On September 2nd, Intel will be holding their “Tiger Lake Virtual Launch Event”. Even fewer official details are available about this event, but in this case the name says it all. Normally Intel would be holding an in-person event of some kind for the launch of a new CPU platform, however with a coronavirus pandemic going on, everything in the near future is being done virtually. So we’re expecting this event to offer a similar level of detail as past launch events, covering whatever details don’t get included in Intel’s architectural presentation, as well as more direct product details such as SKUs and chip configurations.

Overall, Intel has indicated that they’re planning for a fairly aggressive ramp-up on Tiger Lake – to the tune of 40% more chips than they previously intended – so we should see Tiger Lake products soon after that. However, it’s been a long while since retail products were available day one for an Intel mobile-first launch, so we’re not expecting to have hardware in-hand or in stores on the 2nd.

As always, AnandTech will be covering these events. So please be sure to check in on August 13th and September 2nd for the full scoop on Intel’s Tiger Lake processors and related technologies.

Sources: Intel & Intel

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  • shabby - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - link

    Are these the 15w chips or 45w ones?
  • trivik12 - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - link

    I think its 25w cpu but can be clocked down for 15w. I think there have been many benchmarks posted with 1165 and 1185 cpus. Anyway let us wait for retail cpu. At least its good to note base cpu speed is way up for very low levels for icelake.
  • Krysto - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - link

    Wait, so they benchmark them on 25W, but ship at 15W?

    Not that this isn't exactly the kind of thing I'd expect from industrial-chiller-Intel.
  • edzieba - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - link

    "Wait, so they benchmark them on 25W, but ship at 15W?"

    No, the chips have variable TDP that is set by the laptop manufacture to match the thermal solution they use. That's how laptop chips have been specced (both Intel AND AMD) for the better part of a decade now.
  • Spunjji - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - link

    Intel do usually release benchmarks based on devices that run at (and are cooled for) that 25W level. In the case of Ice Lake, they released benchmarks from a device with the fans set to 100%.

    The majority of devices on the market target 15W, though.

    So while you're correct about that last part, it's still technically true than Intel game their marketing numbers. I believe AMD did much the same thing with Raven Ridge, though.
  • lmcd - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    Raven Ridge runs hot so I doubt it actually stays down at 15W very often.
  • Santoval - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - link

    "I think its 25w cpu but can be clocked down for 15w"
    It's actually the reverse : they are 15W CPUs that can be clocked higher and TDPed *up* to 25W.
  • Spunjji - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - link

    15W - although as with Ice Lake, these are 25W chips with a 15W TDP-down mode.
  • drothgery - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - link

    Pretty sure everything we've seen official demos or leaked benchmarks from has been Tiger Lake U (15-25W), though I'd bet a lot we see Y series or whatever they call <10W now too, so the way to bet is that's all that get's announced.

    It's at least occasionally rumored that Tiger Lake H (aka 45W) exists and is an 8 core part, but if it does, it's certainly not going to be in retail laptops for a while. If that's right, and Intel doesn't take too long in getting it out, it'd be interesting to see (and it's not inconceivable; notebooks with H-series parts are relatively low volume).
  • sorten - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - link

    I'm on the Zen 3 bus now, but I'll definitely be excited to read about Intel's new GPU.

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