Intel has started adding support for its 12th Gen Alder Lake-S CPUs to their Linux graphics driver, along with initial Compute-Runtime support for the same. The open-source Compute Runtime provides OpenCL and oneAPI Level Zero support for the newly introduced Gen12 Xe graphics on Linux.
Like Tiger Lake, both Rocket Lake and Alder Lake-S are expected to feature the Gen12-LP architecture on the iGPU side. The latest update specifically adds Compute Runtime support for Alder Lake-S, under “opensource ADLS.”
Intel’s Alder Lake-S CPUs are still quite a ways off. The expected launch date for the 12th Gen lineup is around late 2021 or early 2022. Rocket Lake-S which will succeed Comet Lake-S with a new core architecture will be the company’s last 14nm based desktop lineup. It’s slated to arrive in early 2021.
Therefore, Alder Lake-S will introduce many new features on Intel’s client desktop platform. It’ll be the first 10nm based lineup as well as the first mainstream CPU family leveraging a hybrid core architecture, with both Golden Cove and Gracemont cores on the same die.
Golden Cove is expected to be a big step up from Skylake, featuring an IPC boost of around 25-30%. Similarly, Gracemont is expected to offer a slightly higher IPC compared to Skylake. At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that these chips will be based on the 10nm node and won’t clock as high as existing 10nm parts.
There’s also AMD’s roadmap which is constantly evolving and promising more and more impressive products with every update. By the time the 10nm Alder Lake-S parts comes out, AMD will be introducing its Zen 4 lineup based on TSMC’s 5nm EUV node with a new AM5 socket a slew of new platform-level features.