We know that Intel Rocket Lake-S processors are going to arrive sometime in 2021. Reports say that in the first few months, and this new source claims that the chips will go into production very soon.
Intel seems to have everything ready to start mass producing its next Rocket Lake-S chips. This would occur in the month of January, so the specifications and testing process appears to have been completed.
The leak comes from user @OneRaichu seems to confirm this, showing a roadmap that seems real about the start of mass production of the Rocket Lake-S chips.
From what we see in this roadmap, the first engineering samples of Rocket Lake-S emerged in June, and another batch called ES2 in August. It was only in November that Intel manufactured the first qualification samples. These samples are the ones that are finally leaking into the network.
This means that there is a 6-month process between the first engineering samples of a processor and the qualification samples, at least in the case of Intel CPUs.
Rocket Lake-S will be the successor to Comet Lake-S and represents the 11th generation of Core processors. The new generation adds Cypress Cove cores and Xe integrated graphics. We will keep you informed.