Intel has announced its 11th Gen Tiger Lake Processors with Intel Iris X graphics, which are built with Intel’s 10nm SuperFin tech and feature the new Willow Cove architecture.
Made for thin-and-light Windows and ChromeOS laptops, Intel claims that its processors “deliver up to 2.7x faster content creation, more than 20% faster office productivity and more than 2x faster gaming plus streaming in real-world workflows over competitive products”. The Tiger Lake CPUs will offer clock speeds of up to 4.8GHz, while the integrated graphics will offer up to 96 EUs and up to 16MB of L3 cache.
“They represent Intel’s most ambitious system-on-chip (SoC), delivering more than a generational leap in performance and the best experiences for U-series laptops in productivity, creation, gaming, entertainment and collaboration,” said the press release. “A broad range of integrated features fuel the best thin-and-light platforms available with optimized CPU, GPU, artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration, software optimization and platform capabilities that maximize real-world performance on the applications and features people use the most.” Over 150 designs are coming from a variety of partner brands, including Lenovo, Acer, Dell, and Samsung.
Intel also announced a new laptop design branding called Intel Evo. Devices with the branding are “verified to the second edition specification and KEIs of the Project Athena innovation program”. All Evo laptops will have Tiger Lake i7 or i5 processors and will feature Thunderbolt 4 and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity.
Evo devices also have to meet other requirements. These include “consistent responsiveness” on batteries, the ability for the system to wake from sleep in under a second, at least nine hours of real-world battery life on FHD display systems, and “fast charging with up to a four-hour charge in under 30 minutes on systems with FHD displays”.
Intel says that Project Athena is supported by over 150 brands including Google, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Samsung. Over 20 Intel Evo designs are expected this year.