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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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Intel Announces Four New Processor Families at CES 2021”

  1. Cdorf

    who came up with this stuff. H Series, S Series., N Series --- Home Shopping Network

  2. will

    So I would guess that we will be on 10nm for the next several years with Intel?

    Are the H series 10nm or 14nm?

  3. crossingtheline

    I hope Intel innovates because as consumers we will benefit from the competition.

    Intel processors are still pricey compared to AMDs offerings though.

  4. Saarek

    It will be interesting to see how these new CPU's perfom. I suspect that Apple is planning to absolutely humiliate them when their true Pro machines drop later this year.

    Still, competition is a great thing, it will force Intel out of it's slumbering giant mindset.

    The next 3-5 years should prove very interesting in the CPU space and CPU's have not been exciting for a long time!

  5. ghostrider

    Other than confusing the hell out of customers with this lineup, does anyone really care anymore? Intel haven't had a new architecture in years, and there's a running joke in tech with their 14nm+++++++++++++ chips (add another + this year too!). Mindfactory are selling almost 9 Ryzen CPU's for every 1 Intel chip, so if AMD can keep this pressure up on Intel, who knows where will be in a couple of years. All I can say is, at least it seems like Intel might actually be trying now - the last 3 years have been quite an embarrassment for them.

  6. madthinus

    For the first time since the Core series where introduced we now have a mixed of manufacturing and core architecture designs. Going to be fun keeping track of what is what. Rocket lake (Core S- series) is the last on 14nm probably, but will be power hungry and hot, hence the cut of two cores, but it will feature at least the first new desktop core design since Skylake.

    Of the parts the 11th Series Mobile parts are the more interesting. Xe graphics should be good step up and Tiger Lake has the new willo Cove cores, those should deliver a good uplift over previous designs. 10nm is also starting to look a little more mature.

    The 12Th gen Alder lake lake stuff is also of interest. It brings Willow Cove to the desktop and it is also Intel's first Big.Little X86 design.

  7. jchampeau

    It's comical to me that Intel touts the "sheer scale of manufacturing footprint" and yet a year and a half ago they couldn't keep up with demand to the point where major PC and server manufacturers were saying chip shortages from Intel were severe enough to negatively affect their revenues. (

  8. glenn8878

    Just in Time. I bought the first Skylake 5 years ago. It's time to upgrade to Rocket Lake. I am in the market in 6 months after the initial rush. I might need to buy in July before the new school season in August. I hope kids will return to school, but who knows?

    I'm curious about Alder Lake. Was it related to the Atom, which was a joke.