Intel is working on the revolutionary next gen Ocean Cove CPUs

Traces of the old 2006 Core microarchitecture are still present in current day gen 8 CPUs. (Source: WCCFTech)
Traces of the old 2006 Core microarchitecture are still present in current day gen 8 CPUs. (Source: WCCFTech)
The venerable Core architecture first released in 2006 is rapidly approaching its final days, as Intel is hard at work on a next gen microarchitecture that should take performance to the next level. A recent job listing revealed that this architecture is codenamed Ocean Cove, and it could be implemented in Alder Lake cores some time in 2020 or 2021.

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Intel’s Core CPUs reached their 8th generation back in 2017 and it seems it will still be around for at least one more. The microarchitecture behind the Core IP was first released in 2006, marking the beginnings of Intel’s supremacy over AMD, an era which lasted up until the release of the Ryzen CPUs in early 2017.

Now that Intel is feeling the pressure, the time has come for a new and revolutionary microarchitecture to replace the venerable Core. Intel is not wasting time at all these days, as it already snagged former AMD all-star CPU engineer Jim Keller and it is continuously looking for more talented microarchitects/engineers through job listings on its official page. One such listing accidentally revealed the codename of the upcoming new CPU microarchitecture, and Intel was quick to rectify that, but the info was already in the wild.

The codename for the future microarchitecture is said to be Ocean Cove and analysts expect it to be implemented in the Alder Lake processors, which follow the Ice Lake and Tiger Lake in previously leaked roadmaps. With Cannon Lake already pushed to 2019, the Ocean Cove cores are probably slated for 2020 or 2021. Jim Keller started working on the Zen microarchitecture that powers the current Ryzen CPUs back in 2012, but AMD was struggling with acute revenue problems back then, so the development of the Ocean Cove will certainly take less than 4 years since Intel is not hard-pressed for money right now.

If the new CPU microarchitecture was clearly expected and already overdue, the fact that Intel intends to enter the discrete GPU market to battle it out with AMD/Nvidia is certainly something that took most by surprise, and it does this by coopting specialists like Raja Koduri and Chris Hook right from under AMD’s nose, of all the places.


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Bogdan Solca, 2018-04-30 (Update: 2018-05- 1)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.