Intel has officially launched Tiger Lake processors for thin-and-light Laptops. The new 11th generation processors come with either Intel Iris Xe graphics or the older Intel UHD graphics, and nine processors are currently available divided into two families: UP3 with 12W to 28W configurable TDP, and UP4 with 7W to 15W configurable TDP.
Manufactured with a 10nm process, the new processors are said to deliver up to 2.7x faster content creation (Photo Editing), more than 20% faster office productivity in Office 365, and more than 2x faster gaming plus streaming when comparing an Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor to AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.
The new Intel Iris Xe graphics comes with up to 96 EUs and up to 16MB of L3 cache, and Intel claims it outperforms 90% of the discrete graphics usually paired with U-series processors.
Tiger Lake processors also integrate a new DP4a instruction set for neural network inferencing on integrated graphics with Intel DL Boost and native support for INT8 data type enabling up to 5x better AI performance using MLPerf v0.5 inference.
Other notable features include Intel Control Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) and Intel Total Memory Encryption for hardened security, support for AV1 video codec, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and PCIe Gen 4 interfaces.
Let’s check out the 7-15W processors announced by the company.
|Processor||Graphics||Cores / Threads||Graphics (EUs)||Cache||Memory||Base Freq (GHz)||Max Single Core Turbo (GHz, up to)||Max All Core Turbo (GHz, up to)||Graphics Max Freq (GHz, up to)|
|Intel Core i7-1160G7||Intel Iris Xe||4/8||96||12MB||LPDDR4x-4266||1.2||4.4||3.6||1.1|
|Intel Core i5-1130G7||Intel Iris Xe||4/8||80||8MB||LPDDR4x-4266||1.1||4.0||3.4||1.1|
|Intel Core i3-1120G4||Intel UHD Graphics||4/8||48||8MB||LPDDR4x-4266||1.1||3.5||3.0||1.1|
|Intel Core i3-1110G4||Intel UHD Graphics||2/4||48||6MB||LPDDR4x-4266||1.8||3.9||3.9||1.1|
Three processors come with four cores and eight threads, and one with two cores and four threads with a higher base frequency. “Entry-level” processors come with UHD graphics while more powerful ones feature an Intel Iris Xe GPU.
The company also introduced five 12-28W Tiger Lake UP3 processors.
|Processor||Graphics||Cores / Threads||Graphics (EUs)||Cache||Memory Operating Range||Base Freq (GHz)||Max Single Core Turbo (GHz, up to)||Max All Core Turbo (GHz, up to)||Graphics Max Freq (GHz, up to)|
|Intel Core i7-1185G7||Intel Iris Xe||4/8||96||12MB||DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-4266||3.0||4.8||4.3||1.35|
|Intel Core i7-1165G7||Intel Iris Xe||4/8||96||12MB||DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-4266||2.8||4.7||4.1||1.30|
|Intel Core i5-1135G7||Intel Iris Xe||4/8||80||8MB||DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-4266||2.4||4.2||3.8||1.30|
|Intel Core i3-1125G4||Intel UHD Graphics||4/8||48||8MB||DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-3733||2.0||3.7||3.3||1.25|
|Intel Core i3-1115G4||Intel UHD Graphics||2/4||48||6MB||DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-3733||3.0||4.1||4.1||1.25|
Again we have one dual-core/quad-thread processor, and all others are quad-core/octa-thread chips.
Intel also announced the Intel Evo reference design based on Tiger Lake Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and complying with the second edition specification of Project Athena that includes requirements such as at least 9-hour battery life on laptops with Full HD display, system wake from sleep in less than 1 second, and fast charging with up to a four-hour charge in under 30 minutes.
More than 20 verified designs should launch this year, but eventually, the company expects more than 150 Tiger Lake designs from Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung, and other companies. Some of those companies have wasted no time and unveiled their new product(s) as soon as the embargo was lifted. This includes 19 models from Acer, the 2020 Asus ZenBook Flip S, Lenovo Yoga 9i, Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G, and others.
Some of those laptops will become available in October, but AFAIK no companies have announced pricing yet. Since Tiger Lake succeeds Ice Lake, those processors won’t be found in laptops worth a couple of hundred dollars and price should range from around $500 to over $1,000 depending on the configuration to compete with similar AMD Ryzen 4000U laptops or mini PCs.