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Intel Unveils New Processors and Platforms for CES 2021

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It is the beginning of the year which also means it is CES time and for CES 2021 Intel has started things off with its round of announcements, including previews of Rocket Lake and Alder Lake processors. Rocket Lake-S processors are to offer a 19% IPC improvement generation-over-generation for the highest frequency cores, and the series will be topped by the Core i9-11900K. This architecture will also offer 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes from the CPU itself as well as new AI capabilities and optimizations for games. We can expect these to launch in the first quarter of 2021.

Coming in the second half of the year will be the Alder Lake parts, which may prove to be the more interesting product. Alder Lake will feature both high performance and high efficiency cores in the same chip, a design seen with some ARM-based CPUs. The idea is to allow background tasks and others that do not require peak performance to run on the more efficient cores while the more powerful cores are left idling. This may sound like it will prove more valuable for mobile products than desktop, but we can expect it to come to desktop processors in the future as well. It will also be manufactured an enhanced version of Intel's 10 nm SuperFin technology. SuperFin and other technology were discussed by Intel back in August, as part of the company's Architecture Day 2020.

Of course Intel had more news to share than just these two processors as the company also showed off its 11th Gen Intel Core vPro platform aimed at businesses. The vPro processors include several security technologies, such as Intel Hardware Shield. This utilizes a silicon-enabled AI threat detection system to detect and stop attacks, such as ransomware. Control Flow Enforcement Technology is also present to protect against this class of attacks that software solutions have struggled with. In addition to these security technologies, the processors will utilize Iris Xe graphics and support Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E connectivity, to help keep employees connected with fast uploads and downloads. Artificial intelligence performance is supposed to be eight times better than the previous generation, and 2.3 times faster creation and video editing. Intel is also claiming the Core vPro i7-1185G7 is able to beat AMD's Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U in Office 365 by 23% and as much as 50% faster in other office productivity tests.

To create the best experience for business users, Intel launched the Evo vPro platform for laptop, as those verified as part of this platform are to be stylish, thin, and light while providing great responsiveness and instant wake. This year there should be over 60 laptops launching from different manufacturers as part of the Evo vPro platform, and Intel Evo Chromebooks were also announced, which are to be a new class of premium Chromebooks.

As this past year had many turn to their computers more than ever before, including students relying on them for education, Intel is introducing the N-series Pentium Silver and Celeron processors. These are to provide a balance of performance, media, and collaboration for education. Built on the company's 10 nm process, these processors should offer up to 35% better application performance and 78% better graphics performance compared to the previous generation. In April Intel started its Online Learning Initiative to get laptops and other resources to students and the company intends to continue its efforts this year as well.

You can find more information about these at the source links below, especially the second one which is patterned as a live blog for the news conference. Also you can find the footnotes at the end of the first link, providing more information on Intel's testing to arrive at the performance comparisons it shared.

Source: Intel [1] and [2]

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