At today’s CES 2021 virtual event, Intel CEO Gregory Bryant, along with a host of additional executives, engineers and partners, unveiled a range of new processors and technologies targeting almost every market, from affordable Chromebooks to notebook-class games and high-end desktops to large servers. While some companies focus on just a few specific products during CES, Intel seems to be taking a place in multiple market segments with at least 50 processors announced or teased, with hundreds of design victories.
“Intel alone has a wide range of products that span multiple architectures; large, open ecosystem; the production trace scale itself; and the deep technical expertise that customers need to unlock in this era of distributed intelligence, ” Bryant said. “With an intense focus on the execution of our core products and throughout our portfolio, we present a range of leading products at CES -us more next year.”
11th generation Intel Core H-series mobile processors for games
Intel’s 10 Series H Series mobile processor is currently almost ubiquitous in current gaming laptops. And Intel is refreshing that line with several new Core i7 and Core i5 offerings. With the just-announced 11th generation H-Series based on the 10nm Tiger Lake architecture, Intel is not only raising the previous level in terms of performance and features, but also pushing the form envelope. In addition to traditional forms of gaming laptops, Intel can boast that new parts of the 11th-generation Tiger Lake H35 11-generation H-Series will appear in high-performance gaming laptops as thin as 16mm — which include discrete next-generation graphics solutions from NVIDIA.
At the top of the 11th generation H-Series bunch is the Intel Core i7-11375H Special Edition. The Core i7-11375H SE is a 35W (8-thread) quad-core processor, with turbo clocks up to 5 GHz and support for PCI Express 4.0, which is specifically designed for ultra-portable gaming laptops. Intel claims that single-thread performance improvements are close to 15% over previous-generation architectures and more than 40% improvements in multiple workloads. The chips will also have better performance Xe graphics and support DDR4 or LPDDR4X memory at speeds up to 4266MHz. The platform will feature Killer Wi-Fi 6 / 6E, Thunderbolt 4 and Resizable BAR support, thanks to close collaboration with NVIDIA.
Acer, ASUS, MSI and Vaio are all announced systems powered by the 11th generation Intel Core H35 series processor, and Intel claims that more than 40 designs from various laptop partners will arrive in the first half of 2021.
For those looking for even more horsepower in their laptop, Bryant has also announced an 8-core variant of the mobile processor that uses the same architecture as the 11th-generation H-Series, which should begin shipping later this quarter. The chip’s performance will be comparable to Intel’s state-of-the-art desktop system and will offer maximum turbo clocks up to 5 GHz on multiple cores, with 20 PCIe Gen 4 connectivity bands and all of the platform’s advantages listed above.
11th generation rocket lake for desktop computers
Notebooks are not the only segment that improves performance. Intel has also revealed some additional details about the Rocket Lake-S and Core i9-11900K. According to Intel, the upcoming Core i9-11900K — which is expected to arrive this quarter — offers a 19% increase in IPC performance over 10th-generation desktop processors, with single-core turbo frequencies at 5.3 GHz (multi-core turbo) reaching will up to 4.8 GHz).
The Rocket Lake-S is the backdrop to the 10nm Cypress Cove architecture in the company’s mature 14nm process, so these 11th-generation desktop processors will have the latest Intel core processor architecture, but will be produced on the older 14nm process. The transition to 14 nm required the removal of several nuclei, in order to keep the matrix sizes under control. While the Core i9-10900K is a 10-core processor, the Core i9-11900K is “only” 8 cores. Due to the improvement in IPC and frequency, Intel claims that the Core i9-11900K will surpass its predecessors. Intel has also shown that the processor outperforms the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-core processor in a variety of gaming loads.
Additional features that come with 11th-generation Rocket Lake-S-based desktop processors include support for faster DDR4-3200 memory, better-performance UHD graphics, and Intel’s latest media engine with support for AV1 decoding, Deep Learning Boost and always-on QuickSync, and 20 PCIe 4.0 connection bar.
Although the 11th generation desktop processors will be backwards compatible with the 400 Series chipset motherboards, the processors will come with the new chipset. Intel’s 500 Series chipset will feature an integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G) and x8 DMI connection between the CPU and the 400-series dual-bandwidth PCH.
Although actual product details were scarce, Intel also inspected Alder Lake. Intel calls Alder Lake its own “System with the most scalable chip” ever. Alder Lake differs from most Intel current processors in that it combines high-performance cores and high-efficiency cores into a single product. Alder Lake will also be manufactured using a newer, improved version of 10nm SuperFin technology with improved power and thermal characteristics. Alder Lake and its derivatives will be used for desktop and mobile processors when they arrive later this year.
Chromebooks improve performance
In addition to high-performance mobile and desktop processors, Intel has also announced new low-power Pentium and Celeron processors designed for the fast-growing Chromebook space. The new Intel Nn 10nm Jasper Lake Pentium Silver and Celeron series processors are based on Sunnyco’s current generation of microarchitecture and should offer significantly better performance than their predecessors. The starting line has six processors – three parts of 10 W and three parts of 6 W …
The only thing that changes between 10w and 6w parts are their frequencies, with 10w parts offering either higher processor core clocks (Celerons) or a higher GPU clock (Pentium). Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron processors are now available and will reportedly be offered in more than 170 designs.
Business class notebooks receive 11th generation vPro treatment
Intel’s line of 11th generation Core mobile processors has also been expanded with the Intel vPro security and management platform. With this latest generation of vPro offerings comes the Intel Hardware Shield, which the company calls “The industry’s first detection of threats from artificial intelligence (AI) with silicone that helps stop ransomware and attack crypto mining.” The 11th generation VPro platform is also equipped with a feature called Intel Control Flow Enforcement Technology, which can exclude an entire class of attacks called control flow hijacking. This feature uses technologies called indirect tracking of branches and piles of shadows to prevent these related. Indirect branch tracking protects against jump / call programming (JOP / COP) attack methods, while the shadow beam provides protection of the return address for defense against return-oriented programming (ROP) attack methods.
Like its non-vPro counterparts, Intel 11th generation vPro processors are built using Intel 10nm SuperFin technology and feature Intel Iris Xe graphics. The platform also supports the latest integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 / 6E (Gig +) wireless networking technology.
Intel also launched the Intel Evo vPro platform today, in an effort to bring the same consistency and design innovation that permeates consumer space to business-class consoles.
New Ice Lake III generation Xeons Inbound
Finally, Intel also announced that its third-generation Intel Xeon scalable processors, codenamed “Ice Lake,” have entered full production.
“Today marks a significant milestone for Intel as we continue to accelerate the delivery of our 10nm products and maintain an urgent focus on execution to deliver a predictable cadence of leading products to our customers,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Data Platforms Group at Intel. “Our third-generation Intel Xeon scalable platform is a strategic part of our data center strategy and one we created together with some of our largest customers to redesign tomorrow’s data center.”
The volume ramp for third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors is currently underway.
All in all, Intel announced countless products and technologies during CES 2021, and we haven’t even covered them here. In any case, it seems that 2021 will be exciting on several fronts, and it seems that Intel has been fired and is ready for battle.
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