Intel reacts to Apple Silicon with Alder Lake processors | Computer

THE Intel took advantage of CES 2021 to announce no less than five processor families. Among them are the chips H series 11th generation coreaimed at gaming notebooks. But, certainly, the ad that draws the most attention is that of processors Alder Lake: in a way, they will be Intel’s answer to the Apple Silicon platform.

Rocket Lake-S processor (image: disclosure / Intel)

Intel Core Tiger Lake-H

Intel plans to launch more than 50 processors in the course of 2021. In the middle of this class will be the chips 11th generation Core (Tiger Lake) of the H series, which will come to complement the low consumption models announced in September 2020.

All are based on the Willow Cove microarchitecture and, as such, have a 10+ nanometer SuperFin manufacturing process and Intel Xe graphics, in addition to supporting Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4 and PCI Express 4.0.

The new processors were divided into two categories: H35 and H45. Here, the numbers indicate the maximum TDP (35 W and 45 W, respectively). H35 chips have the following models:

H35 Cores / Threads Frequency Freq. 4-Core Turbo L3 cache Maximum TDP Graphics (EUs)
Core i7-11375H SE 4/8 3 GHz 4.3 GHz 12 MB 35 W Iris Xe (96)
Core i7-11370H 4/8 3 GHz 4.3 GHz 12 MB 35 W Iris Xe (96)
Core i5-11300H 4/8 2.6 GHz 4 GHz 8 MB 35 W Iris Xe (96)

The H45 series is expected to have its models confirmed in the coming months. For now, what is known is that this category will consist of units with up to eight cores and 16 threads.

11th generation H35 series core (image: disclosure / Intel)

11th generation H35 series core (image: disclosure / Intel)

Intel Alder Lake: “ARM type” hybrids

It is not an exaggeration to classify the family Alder Lake as the main novelty of Intel in the current times. We already talked about her here in Tecnoblog, but here’s a brief explanation: Alder Lake chips will feature a hybrid approach that resembles the big.LITTLE technology of ARM-based processors.

In other words, Intel has confirmed that models in this family will combine high-performance cores with more economical cores, so to speak, but that can handle simple tasks with ease.

As a main advantage, this approach should considerably optimize energy consumption. That is why Alder Lake chips have been seen as an Intel reaction to the Apple Silicon platform, whose M1 chip allows the new MacBook Pro to be excellent in performance and battery life.

It remains to be seen whether Alder Lake processors will meet these two requirements, but expectations are high enough. For now, the information that has surfaced indicates that these chips will have 10 nanometer SuperFin technology and up to 16 cores (8 + 8).

In addition, they will be divided into two lines: Alder Lake-S for desktops and Alder Lake-P for notebooks. More details should only be revealed in the second half, however.

Intel confirms Rocket Lake-S

We will have to wait less time to find the line Rocket Lake-S in the market. Intel has confirmed that these chips, which consist of the 11th generation of Core desktop chips, will be launched later this quarter alongside motherboards based on the Intel 500 series chipsets.

Rocket Lake-S models will not be new in every way. We already know that they will be based on the Cypress Cove architecture, a kind of adaptation of the Sunny Cove architecture (10 nanometers) for the 14 nanometer process.

Anyway, Intel says that these chips will have up to 19% more performance in instructions per cycle (IPC) compared to the previous generation (Comet Lake-S).

The leader of the class will be the Intel Core i9-11900K. This model will bring eight cores, 16 threads, 3.5 GHz frequency (up to 5.3 GHz in boost) and 16 MB cache.

Rocket Lake-S processor (image: disclosure / Intel)

Rocket Lake-S processor (image: disclosure / Intel)

Pentium, Celeron and Core vPro

Intel has not neglected chips for low-cost computers. The company announced a small batch of Pentium (two models) and Celeron (four models) processors. It’s about the family Jasper Lake N series, focused on laptops for educational purposes.

The most exquisite of them is the Pentium N6005, model that has four cores, four threads, frequency of 2 GHz (maximum of 3.3 GHz) and Intel UHD graphics. All will feature 10 nanometer technology and 6 W or 10 W TDP.

For the corporate segment, Intel introduced the 11th generation of chips Core vPro. They are also based on 10 nanometer SuperFin technology and feature features such as Hardware Shield to detect threats using artificial intelligence.

Support for Wi-Fi 6 / 6E (Gig +) and performance up to 23% faster than the competition when running Microsoft 365, for example, are among the other attributes of the new vPro platform, according to Intel.

Also according to the company, about 60 laptops based on these chips will be launched this year. Some of them will bear the seal Intel Evo vPro, which certifies that the equipment corresponds to an ultra-thin “premium” model.

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