A day before CES 2020, Intel teased some details of its forthcoming CPUs for multiple consumer product segments. The news comers are only in the form of a teaser. It concerns the next generation CPUs for some laptop segments, the future of the Athena laptop design program, a new high-performance NUC compact PC, and overall platform AI capabilities.
Expecting further details about these products during the CES 2020 keynote of Intel. The official press conference is scheduled for Monday in Las Vegas.
The highest-profile teaser is of the next refresh of H-series Intel Core CPUs for high-performance laptops and mainstream. The future 10th generation will be on the basis of Comet Lake architecture. This architecture is also available on the U-series for slim laptops. It is a 14nm architecture, and the date of launch is yet to reveal.
Before, Intel said that the forthcoming Comet Lake-H CPU lineup would include Core i7 models to run above 5GHz and Core i9 models that are much faster.
This generation CPU also features many models with Hyper-Threading and eight cores. However, it is not clear that which product tiers will get this number of threads and cores. And how will be the segmentation of the overall lineup.
Intel in a demo of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order indicated that it runs at the Epic graphics quality settings on a pre-production laptop with a 10th Gen Comet Lake-H CPU. It did not disclose any further except that the laptop has a discrete GPU. The company also emphasized that this all will come in a relatively slim laptop body.
The next teaser of the company is a relatively compact Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini PC. It comes with a modular computing unit and can host a desktop-sized graphics card.
The detailed specifications are not available. The Intel NUC 9 Extreme will be the first model in the series to use an unlocked Core i9 CPU (9th Gen) running at up to 5GHz. And also the first, which has the ability to host a discrete graphics card. It doesn’t require any external power supply. The specific model of the CPU not disclosed, but Intel touts “desktop performance and gaming” for this compact PC.
Lastly, Intel revealed some information about the successor to Ice Lake, Tiger Lake. This will be 10nm architecture, but it is not yet clear if it deploys for more than just some laptop segments. One major differentiator for Tiger Lake and Ice Lake is AI acceleration, and the next generation will have various AI optimizations that Intel is referring to as “AI Engines.”