A recently leaked Intel roadmap suggests Alder Lake desktop and mobile vPro SKUs will be available for commercial clients in the first quarter of 2022. Moreover, a table detailing Windows 10 support on the Intel vPro series shows Alder Lake should be supported by the OS until 2023.
According to the slides shared by VideoCardz, this roadmap is for the vPro SKUs aimed at enterprise clients. Intel released the current-gen vPro series of CPUs about a quarter after the launch of the mainstream processors, so we may see the non-vPro Alder Lake CPUs being released this year.
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The roadmap also briefly describes the Alder Lake-S and P series, indicating that both desktop and mobile processors will feature a hybrid architecture. According to the description, Alder Lake-S (desktop) will be available with up to 16x cores, while Alder Lake-P (mobile) will be limited to 14x cores.
As for the leaked table, it shows which Windows 10 versions support a specific Intel vPro series. The table was made before Microsoft announced Windows 11, as it can be seen from its absence, which instead lists a Windows 10 version codenamed “Cobalt”. According to this table, Intel Alder Lake-S/P/M vPro processors will be supported by Windows 10 20H2 until 2023.
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KitGuru says: If this leak is believed to be true, it looks like Intel pushed back Alder Lake's release by a quarter. Were you hoping to upgrade to an Intel Alder Lake CPU by the end of the year?