While it seems increasingly certain that Intel will outsource a significant portion of its chip production to external partners in the future, planning is still in full swing at the company, which, in addition to the growing AMD, is already struggling with Apple in the desktop processor segment. At this year’s CES expo, the company announced several important innovations, flashed its strongest desktop consumer chip to expand the Rocket Lake family, spoke about the Tiger Lake H series for notebooks, and also announced the low-power Jasper Lake series in the tube. AnandTech is also a manufacturer officially confirmed that production of the Ice Lake series Xeon inserts, based on 10-nanometer manufacturing technology, has already begun.
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The manufacturer is still listening to the details on a number of chips, but has already pulled the veil off its latest desktop processor for the consumer segment. The 11th-generation Rocket Lake Series Core i9-11900K promises to be released in the first quarter of this year, Intel promises – though it still won’t let go of 14-nanometer manufacturing technology.
The i9 chip has eight cores and 16 threads, with a peak swing of 5.3 gigahertz for one core and 4.8 gigahertz for all cores – the official TDP of the processor has not yet been announced by the manufacturer. The new chip comes with DDR4-3200 support and gets 20 PCIe 4.0 tracks, so it can serve a dedicated GPU and a PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe storage in parallel. In addition, the new chip gets a doubled DMI link compared to its predecessor, so twice as many devices can be connected to the chipset. By the way, the chip already supports the USB 3.1 Gen 2×2 standard. Intel promised more information on Rocket Lake developments later in the first quarter of this year.
NOTEBOOK TIGER LAKE DUMPING
At the consumer electronics expo, the Tiger Lake family, which debuted in the fall, also promised new models for the beginning of 2021 under the name Tiger Lake-H – the latter could be introduced in the first quarter of this year, and processors will appear in products already on the market in Q2.
Although the parameters of each chip are not yet known, it is already known that these are 8-core, 16-fiber chips, the most muscular variants of which will support peak frequencies of 5 GHz, and will have 20 PCIe Gen 4.0 bands, similar to the Rocket Lake chip above, so they can connect to a full-fledged PCIe 4.0 x16 dedicated graphics card and a PCIe 4.0 x4 storage at the same time. All this with native Thunderbolt 4 and Wifi 6 / 6E support.
Meanwhile, Intel has also introduced the Tiger Lake H35 series, a bit of a confusion of nomenclature – the latter is actually a complement to the U series, which has already been gymnasted to 35 watts by the manufacturer. With high-performance chips for notebooks, the company focuses on serving gamer devices.
Under the H35 flag, exactly three chips were introduced, which can be run in 28- and 35-watt modes as required, depending on whether lower power consumption or even higher power is required. All three tiles feature four cores and eight strands. At the helm of the trio is the Core i7-11375H SE, which ticks at 28 watts 3, slightly higher, and 35 watts at 3.3 GHz base frequency with a 5 GHz single-core turbo frequency – but this only turns on when the system temperature isn’t too high. The peak value is 4.8 gigahertz for two cores and 4.3 gigahertz for all four.
On the second stage of the podium is the i7-11370H, with almost the same values, the main difference compared to the above model is to be found in the single-core peak signal, here 4.8 gigahertz. The line is closed by the Core i5-11300H, with base clock signals of 2.6 and 3.1 GHz and turbo frequencies of 4.4, 4.4 and 4 GHz, respectively. Native Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6 / 6E support is also provided on these chips, and the trio also supports up to 64 gigabytes of DDR4-3200 and 32 gigabytes of LPDDR4X-4266 RAM. The H35 processors are expected to appear in gamer notebooks in the first half of the year – Intel promises more than 40 machines from a variety of vendors, including Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and MSI.
The manufacturer has not forgotten about corporate customers either, extending the vPro platform aimed at them, which combines a range of device management and security technologies, to the latest Tiger Lake Core inserts. Under the umbrella of vPro, four new chips will be unveiled, the UP3 series in the 12-28 watt power range and the 7-15 watt UP4 series with two processors, each with 4 cores and 8 threads, and Intel Xe graphics on board. . In addition to the chips, the vPro platform itself has also received some improvements, including in the form of the new CET (Control-Flow Execution Technology). The technology was released by Intel last summer, the ROP (Return Oriented Programming) attacks designed to arm systems.
The chip maker has also announced the new Jasper Lake series, featuring Tremont Atom cores made with a 10-nanometer manufacturing process – the latter may be familiar from the low-consumption Lakefield series announced in 2019. As Anandtech points out, Jasper Lake’s new 11th-generation Core Pentium Silver and Celeron chips, aimed primarily at notebooks, will have a good chance of being released in Chromebooks for the first time, targeting the education market, but may later appear on Windows and Linux machines.
The more muscular variants of the chips come with a 10 watt, the more restrained models come with a 6 watt TDP. In both discharges we find 3-3 new chips, in addition to the four-core-four-thread chips, there is also a two-core-two-thread variant. Each new processor has 1.5 megabytes of L2 cache and 4 megabytes of L3 cache, and comes with support for DDR4-2933 and LPDDR4X-2933 with Intel UHD graphics. For the peak models of both the 6 and 10 watt editions, the manufacturer specified a peak frequency of 3.3 gighaertz.
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