Intel has officially unveiled 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors for thin-and-light laptops. The company claims that its new Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics deliver up to 2.7x faster content creation, more than 20% faster office productivity, and more than 2x faster gaming plus streaming in real-world workflows over competitive products.
The new lineup is still made using a 10 nm process technology, like the predecessors 10th Gen Ice Lake; however, they are built on the new Willow Core architecture with a new 10nm SuperFin process technology, that will offer better speeds at lower power consumption. The 11th Gen Intel Core processors come in nine different configurations across two package designs for form factor flexibility and up to 4.8 GHz turbo frequency. The processors provide the single-core speed crucial for advanced workloads on thin-and-light laptops.
Integrated Thunderbolt 4 capabilities also enable up to four ports for connecting to a universe of peripherals and single-cable access to fast-charging, external monitors, and extended storage. The processor features best-in-class wired and wireless connectivity with integrated Thunderbolt 4 universal cable connectivity and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), as well as premium audio, webcam, and display.
The new 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors feature up to 2.7x faster real-world photo editing and up to 2x faster real-world video editing, in addition, to support for 8K HDR displays and up to four simultaneous 4K HDR displays. The developers noted that the new processors received a performance increase of 20% compared to competitors.
In addition, the high-performance AV1 CODEC support improves energy efficiency, even in constrained bandwidth environments. However, the new chips aren’t Intel’s most powerful or fastest for laptops – the crown is still held by its Comet Lake H series released earlier this year.
Intel also announced an updated Project Athena Certification Draft, now called Intel Evo, for laptop designs verified to the second edition specification and key experience indicators (KEIs) of the Project Athena innovation program. KEI targets are minimums and include a laptop must support Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 4, run at least 9 hours of battery life in real-world use, charge four hours in less than 30 minutes on systems with FHD displays, and wake up from sleep in less than a second.
By the end of the year, more than 20 laptop models with the Intel Evo mark will be available to users, and a total of more than 150 models based on 11th generation Tiger Lake processor are expected from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung, and other manufacturers.