Today at COMPUTEX 2019, Intel made a set of product and technology announcements - from new 10th Gen Intel Core processors and new details on Intel’s innovation program (code-named “Project Athena”), to the first gaming processor with an all-core turbo of 5 GHz.
Intel announced the first 10th Gen Intel Core processors, bringing high-performance AI to the PC at scale with Intel Deep Learning Boost (Intel DL Boost). The processors are built on the company’s 10nm process technology, new “Sunny Cove” core architecture and new Gen11 graphics engine. 10th Gen Intel Core processors will range from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7, with up to 4 cores and 8 threads, up to 4.1 max turbo frequency and up to 1.1 GHz graphics frequency.
10th Gen Intel Core processors will power thin-and-light laptops and 2 in 1s. They are Intel’s first processors designed to enable high-performance AI on the laptop, delivering approximately 2.5x AI performance of with Intel DL Boost for low latency workloads.
he new graphics architecture delivers up to 1 teraflop of vector compute for heavy duty inference workloads. For low-power AI usages on the PC, Intel Gaussian Network Accelerator (GNA) is built into the SoC.
New Intel Iris Plus graphics, based on the Gen11 graphics architecture, nearly doubles performance compard to Intels reious platform. Reach pro-level content creation capabilities on the go with approximately 2x HEVC encode; watch 4K HDR in a billion colors; game with up to 2x faster FPS and play popular titles in 1080p.
The new processors are also delivering both integrated Thunderbolt 3 and integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) for the first time to enable nearly 3x faster wireless speeds. Intel’s Gig+ implementation of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity delivers greater than 1 Gbps wireless speeds.
The new 10th Gen Intel Core processors are now shipping, with OEM systems expected to be available for holiday 2019.
Intel also shared more details on its innovation program code-named “Project Athena,” including the 1.0 target specification that will usher in the first wave of laptops in the second half of this year. The company also previewed some of the first designs to come from partners spanning consumer and commercial including Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.
Based on research to understand people’s needs, challenges and expectations of the laptop, the program prioritizes enabling experiences that are reflective of real-world conditions as measured by “key experience indicators” (KEI).
Intel developed the new KEI engineering metrics, used during the program’s verification process, to test and drive consistent experiences on the laptop. Metrics are based on day-in-the-life research of laptop users at home or at work under real-world conditions. Intel’s goal for the new metrics is to work with the ecosystem to drive innovation that impacts people’s experiences on the laptop and evolve those capabilities year over year. The first wave of KEI targets includes:
- Consistent responsiveness on battery
- 16 or more hours of battery life in local video playback mode and 9 or more hours of battery life under real-world performance conditions
- System wake from sleep in less than 1 second
The specification that will enable these experiences includes platform-level requirements – such as Thunderbolt 3, Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), OpenVINO AI on PC compatibility and modern connected standby – across six areas: instant action, performance and responsiveness, intelligence, battery life, connectivity and form factor.
As part of Project Athena, Intel is providing co-engineering support across the ecosystem – with more than 100 companies signed on – and new tools and Open Labs facilities to support verification and testing of laptops.
Onstage at COMPUTEX 2019, Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group, previewed some of the first designs expected from Intel's partners based on the upcoming 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and aligned with the 1.0 specification, including:
- Acer Swift 5, an ultralight magnesium alloy design for mobile professionals offering powerful performance and long battery life with fast charging.
- Dell XPS 13” 2 in 1delivers more performance in an 8% thinner form than previous gen with 10th Gen Intel Core processors. It has a refined InfinityEdge display and a 2.5mm top-mounted webcam.
- HP Envy 13” Wood Series includes features like Amazon Alexa, wake on voice and fingerprint reader, along with privacy and peace-of-mind with HP Sure View and the HP Webcam Kill Switch solution.
- Lenovo Yoga S940 is Lenovo’s flagship ultra-slim consumer laptop packed with Lenovo Smart Assist features that can detect presence and recognize voice commands for greater security and convenience. Contour Glass*wraps around its bezels for a more streamlined design.
Laptops qualifying under the 1.0 target specification span both consumer and commercial categories and are expected to include designs based Intel Core i5 and i7 processors from the 8th Gen Intel Core vPro, 8th Gen Intel Core and 10th Gen Intel Core families.
Gamers, Enthusiasts, Content Creators and Professionals
Intel made several more disclosures, including the announcement of the special edition 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS processor, which has been fine-tuned to deliver 5 GHz all-core turbo. It is expected to be available by holiday 2019.
For the first time, the company also showed the new Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM), an automated overclocking tool that brings overclocking to the masses by making it easy to dynamically and reliably custom-tune unlocked 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors based upon their individual performance DNA. IPM will be free and is part of the Intel Adaptix Technologies toolkit, a collection of software technology tools that helps OEMs and consumers maximize platform-level performance. The toolkit also includes Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology, Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Intel Graphics Command Center.
The company also shared updates on three more product lines:
- Intel launched 14 new 9th Gen Intel Core vPro processors for high-performance mobile (H-series) and desktop (S-series) PCs, the highest performing business processors. Intel Core i9 vPro processors – with up to 8 cores and 16 threads reaching up to 5 GHz on desktop and up to 4.8 GHz on mobile – join the Intel vPro platform for the first time.
- Intel launched 14 new Intel Xeon E processors for mobile and desktop workstations that are purpose-built with professional-grade performance, real-time data analytics capabilities, built-in platform security features, and remote manageability features as part of the Intel vPro platform. For the first time, Intel Xeon E processors include: up to 8 cores, 16 threads, 5 GHz turbo frequency, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Intel Optane Memory H10 and 128 GB DDR4-2666 ECC memory support.
- Plus, Intel announced that the new Intel Core X-series family of processors for premium creators will come this fall. These processors will bring frequency improvements, increased memory speed and updated Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.