Intel has introduced its 11th gen Intel Core mobile processors. This new processor family, codenamed Tiger Lake, has been designed to break the boundaries of performance in thin and light laptop PCs.
Built on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin technology, the new processors combine 3 compute engines onto a single system on chip (SoC): a central processing unit (CPU), Intel Iris Xe graphics (GPU), and Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (GNA 2.0) for noise reduction. For connectivity, Tiger Lake offers on-board integration of Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and the new Thunderbolt 4.
The 11th Gen Intel Core mobile U processors comprise 2 processor variants: UP3 and UP4. The main difference is in their power operating ranges. The UP3 operates in a Thermal Design Point (TDP) range of 12 to 28 watts. The UP4 operates in a lower TDP range of 7 to 15 watts.
This makes the UP4 processors ideal for premium fanless, 12-to-13-inch laptops, as well as for passively cooled ultrathin and ultralight devices. The UP3 processors, by contrast, provide greater power and performance for both ultrathin devices and thin laptops used by content creators and gamers.
Benes for you — and your customers
So much for the tech specs. What your customers will want to know is whether Intel’s new mobile processors can make their computing lives easier. And what you probably want to know is whether the new processors offer you a new business opportunity.
The short answer to both questions is yes. The longer answer requires 5 categories:
> Productivity: Your customers will get plenty of work done using the new CPU on Microsoft Office. And you’ll get a big market opportunity, thanks to Office’s 1.2 billion users worldwide.
> Creation: Your customers will enjoy creative workflows transformed by Intel Iris Xe graphics, Intel Deep Learning Boost AI acceleration and high-performance media encode/decode engines. And you? A shot at the Adobe Creative Suite market, loaded with some 12 million users.
> Gaming: Your customers can now play 1080p games at up to 60 frames per second (FPS) — previously impossible on thin & light laptops — thanks to the 11th gen Intel Core processors’ entry discrete-level graphics with variable-rate shading. And you gain access to the wild and wooly world of eSports, currently estimated at some 250 million participants.
> Entertainment: For movie lovers, the laptop can now become a home-entertainment system supporting up to four 4K high-dynamic-range (HDR) displays with Dolby Vision video and Dolby Atmos audio. Tech providers like you can tap into the huge user base for Netflix, YouTube and more.
> Collaboration: Virtual meetings via Zoom, Skype and Teams get even better with Intel GNA technology for noise suppression, Intel Iris Xe graphics for super-high resolution, and the CPU for background blur.
More that’s new
Also new on Tiger Lake from Intel is Thunderbolt 4. This 40 Gbps connection, announced in July, is now fully integrated in the new 11th Gen Intel Core processors.
Compared with the previous version, Thunderbolt 4 offers several upgrades. It supports up to two 4K displays (instead of just one), and it doubles PCIe speeds to 32 Gbps. Thunderbolt 4 also includes dock support for up to four Thunderbolt 4 peripherals; lower-cost and longer cables (up to 2 meters/6.6 feet in length); and support for USB 4. Security is improved, too, to protect peripheral devices from unauthorized access to their system memory.
Also, Intel Optane memory H10 with SSD promises greater performance with the new 11th Gen Intel Core processors. Intel says launching documents, games and project files will all be noticeably faster with this Optane + 11th gen Intel Core processor combo.
Another new feature supported by the 11th Gen Intel Core processors is dynamic tuning with Intel Adaptix technologies. Essentially, Adaptix uses machine learning to help OEMs tune their systems to run cooler while still delivering added performance with overclocking.
The new processors are also the first mainstream client SoCs with a CPU-attached PCIe Gen 4 interface for low latency storage. This serial-bus spec doubles the previous generation’s bandwidth and number of lanes, making it twice as fast. For example, a Gen 3 interface with 8 lanes can be replaced by a Gen 4 interface with just 4 lanes, providing the similar bandwidth for SSDs and other plug-ins.
The new 11th gen Intel Core processors will also support the next edition of Project Athena-verified designs, Intel’s innovation program for advanced laptops. The second edition of Project Athena laptops will carry the Intel Evo brand. Features supported under Project Athena include instant wake, built-in intelligence, extended battery life, fast connectivity, and fast charging. All can contribute to new, innovative and engaging PC form factors.
Sound like features and benefits your customers would like? Shipments of laptops with the 11th gen Intel Core processors are set to begin on Sept. 30.