CES 2021: Intel Reveals New Core i9 ‘Alder Lake’ Chip

Ruben Fields
January 14, 2021

There will be three variants of Intel's H35 chip made for ultraportable gaming, with one Core i5 and two Core i3 variations, so that's what you can expect from manufacturers in the coming year, though Intel promises another variation is coming with desktop-level graphics and up to eight cores of processing power.

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The processor manufacturer made the little stickers to guide consumers to their products, not that there was much of a need to: Any half-decent computer at your local Dick Smith or Harvey Norman was nearly definitely powered by an Intel processor.

Lastly, Intel has also demonstrated the next-gen processor "Alder Lake" that could be seen as an enemy to Apple's latest invention M1. This comes along with Intel's faster XE integrated graphics. These new 11th Gen vPro processors will also be the base of the company's new Core Evo vPro platform, a new brand that Intel will be using to highlight the best business laptops on the market.

Analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy told SiliconANGLE the new vPro chips are an example of the continued "platformization" of Intel's PC technologies. The company also promised a new combination of high-power cores called Golden Lake and new Gracemont cores for efficiency gains.

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Intel has introduced a new line of processors for business, education, mobile and gaming computing platforms, all of which are claimed to offer the premium PC experiences. Intel has said that it wants this platform to be at the core of desktops and notebooks instead of focusing on smartphones.

"Today marks a significant milestone for Intel as we continue to accelerate the delivery of our 10nm products and maintain an intense focus on delivering a predictable cadence of leadership products for our customers", said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel. This platform is designed for business laptops, offering not just great performance but enhanced security as well.

There's also an 8-core chip that will ship in a few months up to 5GHz and with 20 lanes of PCIe Gen 4.0 architecture for fastest storage and discrete graphics plus Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E.

The chip maker also teased its next-gen "Alder Lake" architecture, which will make its debut in the second half of 2021.

It might only be the start of the year, but 2021 is already looking like an exciting one on the processor space with big performance improvements expected all around. These chips, codenamed Alder Lake, represent the first major design advance in Intel consumer CPUs since the launch of the Core i7-6700K (codename Skylake) way back in 2015.

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