Intel has unveiled what it says is its most powerful processor built for laptops. The chip giant says the new eighth-generation Core i9 chip is the highest-performance laptop processor it has released to date. Its new Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are manufactured using 14nm process technology and based on the Coffee Lake platform, which the company says offers notably better performance than its predecessor, delivering up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay and editing 4K video up to 59 percent faster. The most powerful chip in this latest series is the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, Intel's first mobile chip with six cores (two more than the previous generation) and 12 threads. It comes fully unlocked for overclocking, which Intel says "provides the opportunity to tweak the platform performance to its fullest potential," especially for content creation, VR and gaming.
Intel has announced new enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. The 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series bring new artificial intelligence (AI), security, functional safety and real-time capabilities to edge customers. Intel said it is providing robust solutions for the US$65 billion edge silicon market opportunity by 2024. Innovations delivered with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors are a response to challenges felt across the IoT industry: edge complexity, total cost of ownership and a range of environmental conditions, according to the chip vendor. When combined with 11th Gen's SuperFin technology process improvements and other enhancements, OpenVINO running on an 11th Gen Core i5 processor delivers an AI performance up to two times faster inferences per second than a prior 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8500 processor when running on just the CPU in each product.
For pretty much a decade, the processor market was pretty much stagnant. Quad-core was the standard for high-end desktops, while "thin-and-light" laptops were powered by dual-core parts. This slide from AMD's deck covering the launch of the 2nd-generation Ryzen pretty much says it all. And it's been pretty obvious that since Ryzen dropped, AMD's main competitor, the chip behemoth Intel, has been on the back foot. And the new 2nd-generation Ryzen chips landing today means more bad news for Intel over the coming year.
In what can only be described as a savage and savvy marketing stunt, AMD is stealing some thunder from Intel's 40th-anniversary celebration of its first x86 processor. See, Intel recently announced it is giving away 8,086 of its Limited Edition 6-core i7-8086k CPUs. AMD is striking back by giving 40 performance-hungry enthusiasts a chance to trade that prize in for a better prize: a 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950x. If you're wondering why this article's headline doesn't explicitly call that out, it's because the exhange stunt itself isn't nearly as entertaining as the text that accompanies it. In AMD's own words (emphasis mine): Our competitor recently kicked off a sweepstakes to celebrate the first 40 years of the x86 processor by giving away 8,086 limited edition processors.