Intel Unveiled New Product Lines at COMPUTEX
At COMPUTEX 2019, Intel made a sweeping set of product and technology announcements. From new 10th Gen Core processors and new details on innovation program code-named “Project Athena”, to the first-ever gaming processor with an all-core turbo of 5 GHz, Intel announced numerous products.
The company unveiled the first 10th Gen Core processors, bringing high-performance AI to the PC at scale with Deep Learning Boost. The processors are built on the company’s 10nm process technology, new “Sunny Cove” core architecture and new Gen11 graphics engine. Processors will range from Core i3 to 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.
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 years of 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 to test and drive consistent experiences on the laptop. They are based on day-in-the-life research of laptop users under real-world conditions.
The goal for the new metrics is to work with the ecosystem to drive innovation that noticeably 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 and system wake from sleep in less than 1 second.
Intel made several more disclosures, including the announcement of the special edition 9th Gen 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.
Finally, the company 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. Core i9 vPro processors will deliver high performance on demanding workloads. 14 new Xeon E processors for mobile and desktop workstations 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, Xeon E processors include up to 8 cores, 16 threads, 5 GHz turbo frequency, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Optane Memory H10 and 128 GB DDR4-2666 ECC memory support. Intel announced that the new Core X-series family of processors for premium creators will come this fall. These processors will bring frequency improvements, increased memory speed and updated Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.