At the moment Intel in the processor market stagnation. From an architectural point of view, it lasts long enough, although increase in the number of kernels allowed the company serious pace to increase performance without upgrading to a new process technology or entirely new architecture.
Unfortunately, as we recently realized once again, a really new CPU Intel, we are expected not earlier than the middle of next year. It will be the mobile 10-nanometer processors Ice Lake, and towards the end of the year will appear and desktop.
However, with the emergence of a generation Ice Lake we can obtain not only the long-awaited 10-nanometer processors, but also something completely new. If you believe the information released today, in the future Intel processors will appear in Lakefield that will pachydemini! The source also claims that their frequency is 2 GHz, so that, apparently, will mobile processors, and energy-efficient.
This could be and finish, but the fact that the processors Lakefield, the Network information already slipped. Back in April, sources reported that Intel is working on technology that is similar to the ARM big.little. In particular, it will allow the company in one processor to combine the different processor cores. Whether it’s the monolithic crystal or multichip solution, is unclear, but the idea is very interesting and unusual for x86-compatible solutions.
As for their configuration, while it can only guess. For example, processors can include four high-performance cores and one Lake Ice atomic power efficient for simple tasks. Alternatively, the configuration may be reversed, and then 2+3 or 3+2.
Whatever it was, the introduction of this technology in conventional x86 processors will be a small revolution as it will allow you to create a much more flexible solution.