CES 2021: Intel announces four new processor families

Intel alder lake chip

Touted as a surprise, Bryant revealed that the next generation processor, code named Alder Lake, is coming in the second half of 2021.

At the same time, Intel now has a chance to be on the same level as AMD with respect to manufacturing CPUs with advanced process technologies. However, they still include the Cypress Cove cores, which brings improvement from the 10nm core designs on to the 14 nm. In a bit of a surprise, Intel also teased the release of Rocket Lake's successor, known as Alder Lake. Apart from the integrated Xe-LP graphics, the new chips will likely rely on Nvidia's discreet graphics for gaming laptops. Intel has confirmed that the 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors will be highlighted through the Intel Core i9-11900K as it will be the top-notch processor under the S - series.

The report also points to the advances of AMD, which has already dethroned Intel in games and which is present in nearly all notebooks announced this week, as well as the enormous success of the Apple Silicon M1 and its ARM architecture as the main motivators for the drastic change in production lines of the giant Santa Clara.

It's a new year and so time for Intel to unveil their new chip plans for the year. They offer: Intel Hardware Shield, providing security in hardware for business and the industry's first silicon-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) threat detection to help prevent ransomware and crypto-mining attacks. It is going to use a combination of higher power and high-efficiency cores in order to get the best of both performance and power. However, Intel wants this platform to be the foundation of future desktop and notebook processors instead of focusing on mobile platforms. Intel says that the new Celeron processors offer up to 35 percent better performance with 78 percent better graphics. In addition to using an enhanced version of Intel's 10nm SuperFin process, these new CPUs will combine high-performance cores and high-efficiency cores, similar to the big.LITTLE heterogeneous architecture seen on ARM processors. "This platform has features normally only be found in high-end desktop systems - including up to 5GHz, Gen 4 PCIE x20 architecture for fastest storage and discrete graphics, and Intel Killer Wi-fi 6E (Gig+)", adds Intel. Third-generation Zion scalable processors Ice Lake-SP, already expected in the fourth quarter and then postponed to 2021, are set to be converted to mass production this quarter.

The CPU giant had lots to show off at CES 2021, including two different CPU series that are scheduled to launch this year.