Intel takes hold of the processor market with the 12th Gen Intel Core

With the 12th Gen Intel Core processor family, Intel claims to have killed competition. The article looks at the new features that the new processors offer

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Intel has unveiled the 12th Gen Intel Core processor family that includes 60 processors and will power over 500 designs across all PC product segments – ranging from desktop and gaming to ultra-thin-and-light laptops. The 12th Gen Intel Core processors are the first ones that are based on Intel 7 process technology. The new performance hybrid architecture will enable major performance gains across the range of PC workloads.

The company has also unlocked “K” desktop processors, which they claim includes the world’s best gaming processor – the 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K. It has a max turbo boost of up to 5.2 GHz and 16 cores and 24 threads which can reach new heights of performance.

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One of the new launches also includes the new 65- and 35-watt 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors that have good scalable power and performance for productivity, creation, and gaming. 

Other features added in the new lineup include H-series mobile processors that feature the flagship Intel Core i9-12900HK – the fastest mobile processor and the best mobile gaming platform that is built on the Intel 7 process. Intel has also announced Intel vPro platform offerings which include Intel vPro Essentials and Intel vPro Enterprise. These are for expanded commercial support for small businesses and large-scale enterprises.

The 12th Gen Intel Core processor family represents the company’s most scalable lineup to date, powering designs across consumer, IoT, enterprise, and other applications. “Intel’s new performance hybrid architecture is helping to accelerate the pace of innovation and the future of computing. And, with the introduction of 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, we are unlocking new experiences and setting the standard of performance with the fastest processor for a laptop – ever,” said Gregory Bryant, EVP and general manager, Intel’s Client Computing Group. 

IoT Application

At CES 2022, Intel launched the 12th Gen Intel Core processors, code-named Alder Lake S-series and H-series. Enhanced to accelerate IoT application and innovation, the new processors offer manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and digital safety customers increased core counts; advanced graphics, display, media; and AI capabilities. 

According to Intel, this is their first family of processors that is enhanced for the edge to feature performance hybrid architecture to combine Performance-cores and Efficient-cores with Intel Thread Director. 

The key features include:

  • High flexibility and computing performance and for heavier IoT workloads.
  • Accelerated deep learning and AI capabilities without additional hardware.
  • Enhanced integrated GPU to support 4K and 8K displays.
  • Hardware-based security to defend vulnerable IoT devices.

The Alder Lake S-series processors are up to 1.36 times faster in single-thread performance, up to 1.35 times faster in multithread performance, up to 1.94 times faster in graphics performance and up to 2.81 times faster in GPU image classification inference performance compared with 10th Gen Intel Core processors. The Alder Lake H-series processors for IoT have been estimated to be up to 1.04 times faster in single-thread performance, up to 1.18 times faster in multithread performance, and up to 2.29 times faster in graphics performance compared with 11th Gen Intel Core processors. These SKUs feature up to 14 cores and 20 threads at 35W to 45W TDP.

The new advancements will prove to be beneficial for industrial manufacturing, retail, banking, hospitality and education, healthcare, and digital safety and security customers. Intel’s 12th Gen Core processors have over 80 IoT customers participating in Intel’s Early Access Program. Alder Lake S-series and Alder Lake H-series are expected to be available in January 2022 and April 2022, respectively. 

Laptop/PC

Intel claims that with 12th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, it has set the standard for the highest performance laptop processors ‘on the planet’. The series of processors is built on the Intel 7 process node with its first performance hybrid design. The H-series is led by Intel Core i9-12900HK. It delivers up to 40% higher performance for gaming experiences and up to 28% faster gameplay than the i9-11980HK.  

Intel will launch new devices with the 12th Gen Intel Core H-series, with its partners that include Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, MSI, Lenovo, and Razer. Intel has also unveiled a new ultraportable mobile processor – the P-series product line, which brings high levels of performance to thin-and-light laptops. The new process will power systems starting in February 2022.

Key features of the 12th Gen H-series processors include: 

  • Up to 5 GHz frequencies, 20 threads and 14 cores (6 P-cores and 8 E-cores).
  • Broad memory support for DDR5/LPDDR5 and DDR4/LPDDR4 modules up to 4800 MT/s. 
  • PC connectivity to multiple 4K monitors & accessories and transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps.

Mobileye 

Along with the 12th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel’s Mobileye announced a new system-on-chip (SoC) for autonomous vehicles (AVs) – EyeQ Ultra. It is built on Mobileye’s EyeQ technology and does the work of 10 EyeQ5 SoCs in a single package. 

Wrapping up

With the launch of 12th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel claims that they have killed competition. After falling behind AMD for a few years now, Intel has come back to being the maker of the best processors. But the important question remains how long it will stay at the top position. 

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Meeta Ramnani
Meeta’s interest lies in finding out real practical applications of technology. At AIM, she writes stories that question the new inventions and the need to develop them. She believes that technology has and will continue to change the world very fast and that it is no more ‘cool’ to be ‘old-school’. If people don’t update themselves with the technology, they will surely be left behind.

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