Just ahead of their keynote event at CES 2020, Intel made quite a few interesting announcements. These include its upcoming CPUs, a new high-performance NUC compact PC, the expansion of the Athena laptop design programme, and overall platform AI capabilities.
An easy highlight of the event, of course was the next refresh of H-series Intel Core CPUs for mainstream and high-performance laptops. The upcoming 10th generation will be based on the Comet Lake architecture, with a 14nm architecture. The Comet Lake-H CPU lineup will include Core i7 models running above 5GHz, and Core i9 models that are even faster. This generation will also feature multiple models with eight cores and Hyper-Threading.
Next of course, is the Intel NUC 9 Extreme, the first model in the Next Unit of Computing mini PC series to use an unlocked Core i9 CPU (9th Gen) running at up to 5GHz, and also the first to be able to host a discrete graphics card. While not requiring an external power supply desktop performance and gaming is the promise with this compact PC.
Intel also showcased their flagship CPU, the i9-9989HK which promises desktop-calibre performance on-the-go, with up to 5ghz , up to 8 cores and upto 2.3x times more FPS than previous generations.
Project Athena and its AI-led approach has been a key focus for the brand, and at the showcase, Intel touted over 20 design wins for its Project Athena initiative for extremely slim laptops.
Yet another highlight, of course, was Tiger Lake, the successor to Ice Lake. One key differentiator for Ice Lake and Tiger Lake has been AI acceleration, and the next generation will have multiple AI optimisations referred to as AI Engines, like DL Boost. Tiger Lake will have significantly beefed up DL Boost performance, and will also feature Intel’s brand new integrated Xe graphics which can also handle some types of compute acceleration called Int8. Finally, the third optimisation centres around low-power acceleration for specific use cases.