While Intel has been making a push of its desktop CPUs over the last several years, it’s been a while since we last heard anything from their smaller Atom CPU lineup. That may change soon, though, if recent rumours about a comeback for the “small” CPU is to be believed.
According to Videocardz, the Intel Atom CPU lineup goes by the codename Grand Ridge and its top of the line variant is slated to feature 24-cores, 48-threads. Moreover, and interestingly, the Atom CPU lineup is expected to support both the new PCIe 4.0 interface and upcoming DDR5 memory standard. With support for the latter, we could be looking at Grand Ridge Atom CPUs running dual-channel DDR5 RAM at frequencies of 5600MHz.
Additional information also points to the CPU running at a base clock of 2.6GHz and will be based on an all-new 7nm HLL+ die lithography. To that end, it’s unlikely that we’ll even see any semblance of the CPU until 2021 or 2022; as it stands, Intel is still struggling to go beyond the 14nm die lithography that it has been using since 2015.