Intel Announces Four New Processor Families at CES 2021

Posted on January 11, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile with 16 Comments

Microprocessor giant Intel has announced the 11th-generation Core vPro, H-series, and S-series processors, plus new Pentium Silver and Celeron processors. And yes, it is going after ARM with one of these initiatives.

“Only Intel has the breadth of products spanning multiple architectures,” Intel executive vice president Gregory Bryant said, “the large, open ecosystem; sheer scale of manufacturing footprint; and deep technical expertise customers need to unlock opportunities in this era of distributed intelligence. With an intense focus on execution for our core products and across our broader portfolio, we’re introducing a series of leadership products at CES with more following throughout the year.”

The new chipsets include:

11th-generation Core vPro/Evo vPro processors. Aimed at business-class mobile PCs, the new 11th-generation Core vPro and Evo Pro processors are built on Intel’s 10-nanometer (nm) SuperFin technology and provide integrated Iris Xe graphics and Wi-Fi 6/6E. Over 60 premium PCs based on the Evo vPro architecture will ship in 2021, Intel says.

11th-generation Core H-series mobile gaming processors. Aimed at gaming laptops, the 11th-generation Core H-series mobile processors include the Core i7 Special Edition 4-core processor with up to 5 gigahertz (GHz) Turbo, the Core H35-series processor for ultraportable gaming, and a new 8-core processor that will start shipping later this quarter.

11th-generation Core S-series desktop processors. Looking further ahead, Intel is previewing its next-generation Core S-series “Rocket Lake” and “Alder Lake” platforms. Rocket Lake lands in Q1, with the Intel Core i9-11900K offering a 19 percent performance advantage. Alder Lake is due in the second half of the year and is what Intel calls “a significant breakthrough in x86 architecture and Intel’s most power-scalable system-on-chip design.” Like ARM processors, Alder Lake will provide both high-performance and high-efficiency cores, and it will be built on a new version of 10 nm SuperFin technology.

N-series 10-nanometer Pentium Silver and Celeron processors. Aimed at low-end education PCs, the N- series Pentium Silver and Celeron processors are based on Intel’s 10 nm architecture and provide up to a 35 percent improvement in overall application performance and up to 78 percent better graphics performance, Intel says.


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