Recently, we gained insight into the latest slides from the presentation of Intel’s future Arrow Lake-S desktop CPU platform. However, today we have received unofficial information about the I/O specifications of the new generation of processors, among which the arrival […]
Namely, the upcoming generation of Intel Core processors for the desktop PC platform is expected to finally arrive with the appropriate PCIe 5.0 hardware support. This means that there will be no need to share lanes between the graphics card and M.2 SSD devices, which is currently the case with Intel Core processors of the 13th and 14th generations. Instead, processors and system controllers will have access to 20 PCIe Gen5 lanes, of which 16 will be dedicated to the discreet graphics card and four to the first M.2 SSD device.
When it comes to communication with the rest of the system, the new generation of Intel processors will use an eight-lane-wide DMI connection based on PCIe Gen4. This part will be utilized for an additional M.2 PCIe x4 device, but it will also enable the operation of the next-generation Barlow Ridge “Thunderbolt 5” controller.
Thunderbolt 5, based on the new industry standard, brings significantly faster data transfers. This standard will be fully compatible with previous versions and will include USB4 V2, DisplayPort 2.1, and PCI Express Gen 4. The implementation of the Thunderbolt 5 standard on the desktop PC platform is expected between 2025 and 2026.
This new generation of Intel processors will enable users to experience even faster data transfer and more efficient connectivity with peripheral devices, promising improved performance and a better user experience.