Intel debuts Tiger Lake, its high-performance 10nm microprocessors

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Intel debuts Tiger Lake, its high-performance 10nm laptop microprocessor.
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September 2—Intel just debuted Tiger Lake, its line of 11th Gen Core microprocessors, at its 2020 launch event. The semiconductor company is releasing its new series of central processing units (CPUs) Core i3, i5, and i7 configurations. The product family features significant performance improvements from the last generation and an integrated Iris Xe graphics processor.

The brand also debuted the second integration of its Project Athena certification standard, Intel EVO.

Intel Tiger Lake Lineup Details

Intel’s latest CPUs will have a maximum clock speed of 4.8 GHz, Thunderbolt 4 support, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

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The company’s new processors also feature a 10nm design called SuperFin. The chipset’s architecture enables a 20 percent performance increase over the last generation with lower power consumption. Boyd Phelps, Intel’s corporate vice president of client engineering, said the brand realized its processor improvements by refining its metal stack.

The line also boasts a five times improvement in artificial intelligence (AI) processing via Intel’s new DP4a instruction set. The chipset comes with a PCI Gen 4 interface, which can directly link to a 32GB solid-state drive (SSD). In addition, the component’s Wi-Fi 6 integration gives it a six times connectivity upgrade from the Ice Lake processor series.

Intel’s upgraded hardware can support up to four 4K monitors running at 60Hz.

The Tiger Lake series also features twice the graphics performance of its last processor line thanks to its Iris Xe integration. The manufacturer indicates its new CPUs can perform Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro rendering tasks faster than the AMD 4800U. Intel also claimed its chipset provides better frame rates than Nvidia’ MX350 running with one of its 10th Gen components.

The semiconductor vendor stated it had approved over 150 laptops designed for use with its Tiger Lake processors.

Intel EVO Platform Information

The company’s latest Project Athena update, Intel EVO, promises a new level of performance for the next generation of laptops.

Portable computers bearing the “EVO” logo must:

  • Provide nine hours or more of “real world” battery life at 1080p
  • Supply four hours of 1080p usage after 30 minutes of charging
  • Awaken from sleep mode in less than one second
  • Feature Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 4 integration
  • Contain user-facing cameras with 720p resolution at 30fps

Intel also revealed more than 150 brands had joined its Project Athena ecosystem. Computer manufacturers Acer, Dell, HP, and Samsung will support the standard, as will software giants Google and Microsoft.

The chipmaker said it expects 20 EVO certified laptops to debut this year, including the Acer Swift 5 and Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G.

With Intel’s Tiger Lake processors and Apple’s 5G iPhone available soon, the 2020 holiday season is looking pretty good.

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