Intel announces Sunny Cove: 10nm and +75% compression performance

Intel announces Sunny Cove: 10nm and +75% compression performance
Intel's lead in the desktop CPU space has been sufficient that there hasn't been any major strides made in the past few years. Perhaps it is feeling the pressure of Ryzens now, as next year's update seems more interesting.

The chip manufacturer has announced next year's new CPU architecture that is known as Sunny Cove. Sunny Cove brings along a significant upgrade as it is the first desktop CPU Intel produces with 10nm technology.

This improves the efficiency in a multitude of ways, one of which will be the compression performance. Intel claims that the upcoming processors improve on compression speeds by up to 75 percent over previous generation chips.

Performance improvements can be seen also in cryptography, including of course both encryption and decryption.

Architecturally Sunny Cove is a close cousin of Skylake but there are some important distinctions that make it perform better. Intel has improved it to perform instructions better in parallel and with lower latency.

Also the L1 cache has been increased by 50%.

The architecture is now out but there is still no actual CPUs to talk about. Intel is promising first Core branded Sunny Cove chips to be revealed in the latter half of 2019.

Sunny Cove is going to be followed by Willow Cove in 2020 and Golden Cove in 2021.

Written by: Matti Robinson @ 13 Dec 2018 9:25
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