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https://www.techpowerup.com/243071/intel...adaptation
Quote:big.LITTLE is an innovation by ARM, which seeks to minimize power-draw on mobile devices. It is a sort of heterogeneous multi-core CPU design, in which a few "big" high-performance CPU cores work alongside a few extremely low-power "little" CPU cores. The idea here is that the low-power cores consume much lesser power at max load, than the high-performance cores at their minimum power-state, so the high-performance cores can be power-gated when the system doesn't need them (i.e. most of the time).

Intel finds itself with two distinct x86 implementations at any given time. It has low-power CPU micro-architectures such as "Silvermont," "Goldmont," and "Goldmont Plus," etc., implemented on low-power product lines such as the Pentium Silver series; and it has high-performance micro-architectures, such as "Haswell," "Skylake," and "Coffee Lake." The company wants to take a swing at its own heterogeneous multi-core CPU, according to tech stock analyst Ashraf Eassa, with the Motley Fool.
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A chip like this would need popular operating systems to be redesigned to be aware of the asymmetry. That would involve changes to the kernel scheduler, so it could know which threads to send to which cores. Given that Intel's 10 nm process, on which "Ice Lake" is based, is scheduled for a 2019-20 roll-out, "Lakefield" chip may not see a launch this year.
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