Intel Job Listing reveals Next Generation Core Architecture plans

Intel Job Listing reveals Next Generation Core Architecture plans

Intel Job Listing reveals Next Generation Core Architecture plans

A new Intel job listing has revealed the company’s plans to create an all new Next Generation Core design for future CPUs, which means that in a few years Intel will likely be replacing their current core CPU design, which was first used in Sandy Bridge. 
This job listing calls for a Core IP Design Engineer, who will join their next-generation CPU design team in Hillsboro, Oregon. This team will be tasked with creating a new core architecture that will act as the basis for Intel’s next decade of microprocessors. 
Below is a portion of Intel’s Job Listing;
If you are passionate about seeing your ideas go from whiteboard to billions of pieces of silicon, join the ground floor of Intel’s next generation CPU design team in Hillsboro, Oregon. Our goal: to build a revolutionary microprocessor core to power the next decade of computing and create experiences we have yet to dream up. We’re looking for micro-architecture, logic design and high-speed circuit design talent to help us reinvent the Core IP. Start the journey with us!

As a core IP design engineer, your responsibilities include, but may not be limited to: Selecting, designing and delivering a microarchitecture, methodology, or other significant aspect of a high-performance CPU Core IP design with a high degree of independence. Analyzing multiple arch, uarch and circuit options to find the optimal design point considering power/performance/area/cost tradeoffsDeveloping a functional block/unit RTL model then integrating and validating.Implementing and simulating high performance, power optimized circuits, ranging from full custom through full synthesis, meeting all product design and quality requirements. Contributing to the circuit layout physical implementation and block integration with technicians.

It has been a long time since intel has created a while new microarchitecture, with all recent CPU designs being based on their Sandy Bridge series of CPUs which were released back in 2011.
Since then Intel has released Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake and Kaby Lake, but all of these releases have been evolutions from Intel’s Sandy Bridge design, with each generation improving different aspects of the CPU from power consumption and minor IPC increases.

Right now it looks like Intel will be ending their Sandy Lake series of CPU designs in 2020 with Tiger Lake, but before then Intel’s official roadmaps have shown several planned designs on their current base core design. These designs include Cannonlake, Ice Lake and then Tiger Lake.   

With AMD’s Zen and Intel’s Sandy Bridge, we know that a major architectural leap can deliver some significant performance gains, which means that we should expect some good things from Intel’s next CPU architecture. Right now it seems that Intel plans on creating a new core design that saves die space and delivers enhanced levels of power consumption to performance. 


Intel is reportedly working on a new x86 architecture


At this time it is unknown what Intel’s design goals are for their next x86 architecture, though they no doubt plan on increasing performance, reducing power draw and creating a more mobile-friendly version of x86 to help the company expand into new markets. 

Right now Intel is beaten in the mobile market by ARM-based CPU designs, though a strong, power efficient X86 core design/architecture from Intel could lead to a resurgence of ultra-mobile x86 devices. 

At this time this new architecture seems to be in early design stages, so we shouldn’t expect a release before 2020. Remember, it took AMD around 4 years to create Ryzen. 


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