Intel Cannonlake SoC May Feature Up To 8 Cores with Coherent Fabric
A leak by an anonymous Intel engineer suggests that the company’s next-generation 10nm Cannonlake parts could finally be making the leap from quad-core designs as it’s readying to offer up to eight cores in mainstream consumer SKUs.
We’ve seen Intel launch products with a varying number of processing cores; however, a quad-core part with or without the Hyper-Threading Technology (HTT) has been its most commonly used configuration on consumer desktops. Meanwhile, the company reserved the higher core counts for enterprise and high-performance computing (HPC) products. But this looks to change with the introduction of Cannonlake.
According to the LinkedIn profile of an Intel engineer, first spotted by finance site Motley Fool, the upcoming Cannonlake client processors may be offered in hexa- and octa-core varieties.
The engineer claims that they are working on Cannonlake system-on-chip (SoC) parts which integrate 4/6/8 processing cores with Converged Coherent Fabric (CCF) which acts like a NorthBridge.
Intel has neither confirmed nor denied the apparent leak, but if it’s true, such a move would obviously help the company retain its edge over rival AMD.
Also, the added core count on its next-gen products could give users a solid reason to upgrade their devices, especially as more and more developers focus on making better use of multiple computing cores to boost performance.