FinalWire has released version 6.25 of AIDA64, the well-known computer monitoring, diagnostics and testing software. The release notes of the new build are often interesting, because they anticipate some codenames and product support that we will see in the coming months.
For example, the latest version integrates fully optimized tests for AMU Renoir "Zen 2" APU. The notes read that the benchmarks are ready for the mobile APUs (already presented) but also desktop. Renoir desktop APUs do not exist at the moment, but they will likely be part of the Ryzen 4000 range (expected in the last part of the year) together with CPUs without Vermeer integrated graphics. They will then go to replace existing Ryzen 3 3200G (Amazon) and Ryzen 5 3400G (Amazon) processors. The software documentation also indicates preliminary support for the fourth generation of Ryzen CPUs for desktop systems.
Moving into the house Intel, FinalWire has optimized 64-bit multi-thread AVX-512 tests not only for Ice Lake mobile CPUs (Core 10000), but also for "future Ice Lake server and workstation processors". By the end of the year the 10-nanometer Ice Lake architecture will debut in the server sector and apparently it will also be the range workstations, therefore going to renew the Core X range and the challenge to the Ryzen Threadripper.
Finally, in addition to improvements in motherboard support Z490 dedicated to the 10th generation desktop Core CPUs "Comet Lake", whose announcement is expected on April 30 with availability on May 27, the notes indicate preliminary support for Elkhart Lake, Jasper Lake and Rocket Lake. What do these codenames indicate? Let's try to understand it.
Elkhart Lake should be part of the host of 10 nanometer SoC coming in the near future. According to rumors, the project will be based on the new Tremont architecture, belonging to the Atom family and successor of the Goldmont Plus core at the base of the Gemini Lake and Gemini Lake Refresh products. It will therefore be a SoC a low consumption and power, whose market address is not yet fully understood. There is rumor that a Gen11 GPU is intact, which would suggest a desktop and mobile application. The problem is that too Jasper Lake should have very similar characteristics.
There are those who believe that Elkhart Lake will constitute the desktop offer of the future ultra-low consumption Pentium and Celeron processors (J and N series), with Jasper Lake to form the mobile one. Intel, however, is not used to using two code names to indicate identical products. There are those who hypothesize that Elkhart Lake will position itself in certain professional areas, such as IoT, storage and networking solutions. However, the meaning of the integrated graphics is not explained, unless it is deactivated. We'll see.
Finally, Rocket Lake. It is a code name that has recently returned to the headlines: it would in fact be a family of chips that will be part of the eleventh generation of both desktop and mobile CPU Core. Rocket Lake is expected to be the first generation of Intel processors to adopt a new architecture, both computing and graphics, while maintaining the 14 nanometer manufacturing process. You can read the final details on this in this news.