Intel 11th Gen ‘ Tiger Lake ‘ CPUs launched for Slim Laptops. The new gen processors are based on Tiger Lake CPU architecture, designed on the ‘Willow Cove’ core design and new Xe-LP integrated graphics that launched last month. There are 9 procesaors launched in total, across the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 families, and all are designed for thin and light laptops.
Intel claims that this Intel 11th gen Core family is described as the World’s best processor for thin and light laptops. These Soc’s will be available in more than 50 different laptops from HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, Asus, and others that are expected to go live on sale in many parts of the world in this holiday season.
Intel also launched the Intel Evo platform, a new corporate identity and branding opportunity for its Project Athena initiative that aims to increase and tune the performance and experience delivered by premium ultraportable laptops. Intel will cooperate with laptop OEMs and the entire manufacturing ecosystem to deliver Intel Evo-badged laptops, which will then be promoted under that label.
Intel 11th Gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 Specifications and Features
The new CPUs are classified into two types, UP3 (formerly the U-series) running at 15W and UP4 (formerly the Y-series) running at 7W, although Intel now uses a naming scheme that does not emphasize this difference. Laptop OEMs can also configure the TDP wattages as per the requirements of individual designs. The former can now run between 12W and 28W, while the latter can scale from 7W to 15W.
The Core i7-1185G7 is the top model and has four cores with Hyper-Threading and runs at a base frequency of 3GHz with all-core and single-core boost speeds of up to 4.3GHz and 4.8GHz respectively. This model features the all-new Intel Iris Xe graphics with 96 execution units. In total, there are nine CPUs launched among them there are three Core i7, two Core i5, and four Core i3 models. All the Core i3 models use Intel’s older UHD graphics hardware and have only two cores with Hyper-Threading.
The Intel 11th Gen Core ‘Tiger Lake‘ family promises 2.7X faster performance than the competition in specific creator usages, such as upscaling photos, which use Intel’s DL Boost extensions and integrated AI processing hardware. Built-in AI can also be used to improve collaboration, for example applying background blur and noise removal in video conferencing software at lower power than before.
Intel claims the new integrated Iris Xe GPU will make Intel 11th Gen based laptops better than 90 percent of thin and light models with discrete graphics sold last year, and that users can expect up to 2X higher frame rates in demanding games at 1080p. Based on the Xe-LP architecture, it gives Intel a significant boost in an area where it is lagging behind from competitor AMD. Intel says laptop OEMs will be able to offer reasonable gaming quality in compact laptops that aren’t designed to accommodate discrete GPUs.
Tiger Lake introduces support for Wi-Fi 6, USB 4, and Thunderbolt 4, as well as the internal PCIe 4.0, interconnect, and a new generation of DDR5 RAM. Direct connections to PCIe 4.0 SSDs will improve data transfer rates, and Thunderbolt 4 will allow for four 4K HDR displays to run simultaneously. Dolby Vision and the AV1 codec improve media performance, while total memory encryption should improve resilience to hardware-based security attacks.
Intel 11th Gen Core CPUs is manufactured on Intel’s 10nm ‘SuperFin’ process, which leverages improved transistor gates to reduce power leakage and increase performance at lower voltages. This improves the power efficiency as well as the range of frequencies that Tiger Lake CPUs can achieve in compact laptops.