Intel delays its Alder Lake CPUs to 2022.


What happened? And Is chip shortage affecting Intel?

According to the latest reports, Intel is accelerating its plans for its Alder Lake products known as the 12th generation Intel Core to launch between October 25 and November 19 of this year, just after the Intel InnovatiON event announced yesterday by its CEO, Pat Gelsinger. However, new sources claim that Intel would only launch the Alder Lake “K” processors after those dates, leaving the rest of the range for a later launch in 2022. Why is the chip shortage affecting them?

Furthermore, it’s rumoured that Intel will introduce CPUs from the K-series and the KF-series with the Z690 chipset exclusively. It means that Intel would initially only bring the enthusiast range onto the market. Intel is planning to ship the remaining H670, B660, and B610 chipsets based on 12th generation processors and motherboards after CES 2022 (they announce them at CES and launch them afterward, in theory). It is the second time when rumours of delay in the launch of Intel’s non-K processors have appeared.

What is the reason for this delay?

In recent weeks, Intel’s Alder Lake generation of processors has been at the centre of many news stories, one after the other. It could be a generation of processors that will completely revolutionise the hardware world by introducing a fully hybrid architecture in desktop processors.

The reasons for Intel’s decision to delay the non-K processors may be diverse. Starting with the current chip and raw material shortage crisis, which is also affecting the semiconductor giant, and ending with the possibility that Intel is encountering difficulties designing these hybrid architecture chips. There is no confirmation from the manufacturer, and therefore, we can neither affirm nor disprove anything at this point. So, we can also not fail to consider the possibility that there is no problem at all, and this was simply a strategic decision to skew the launch of its processors over time.

We have to remember that Intel’s competition, AMD, will not launch its new generation of processors until 2022. So, it is also possible that Intel has decided to delay the launch of Alder Lake a bit to have more leeway for the launch of AMD’s new CPU architecture.

Alder Lake, with ATX 12VO standard and on Intel node 7

We already have indications that motherboard makers are not exactly enthusiastic about implementing an Intel ATX12VO standard that will limit the actual 24V ATX connector in theory and enhance power usage in specific cases. These reports do not indicate that if the maker is ready to follow the ATX12VO standard, Intel could only then sell its 600 Series CPUs at a lower price.

The design of most Z690 motherboards is already finished. As we told you yesterday, for now, no manufacturer has implemented Intel’s new standard despite this, and they seem to have no plans in the short term to release variants integrating the ATX12VO standard.

On the other hand, during the Intel Accelerated event, the company confirmed that it would rename its 10nm enhanced SuperFin node to simply Intel 7. This node will be used by the Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids consumer CPUs for data centers (and possibly for high-end HEDT desktops). In addition to the 10-15% increase in transistor performance and efficiency, Intel revealed improved power distribution, optimized source-drain, and reduced its new transistors’ resistance.

It should be remembered that a new generation of motherboards with the LGA1700 socket will be needed for Intel’s 12th generation, which is also forcing heatsink producers to adjust their anchor systems.

The successor to Alder Lake, Raptor Lake-S, is projected to compete for AMD’s Zen architecture next year and is also likely to support the platform. Unfortunately, Intel has not yet commented on the “Meteor Lake” 14th generation, keeping the same socket theoretically.

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