Picture Niagara Falls, one of the great waterfalls on Earth. Now keep your eyes on that thundering cascade for a full 26 minutes. That amount of water — 1 billion gallons — is the basis of a new Intel milestone. The new water recycling plant at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, recently surpassed the billion-gallon mark, underscoring the company’s global efforts to reuse the water it needs for advanced computer chip manufacturing. Once recycled, the water goes into scrubbers, cooling towers and other equipment, creating a huge loop of reclaim and reuse.
The Oregon facility is a low-slung but highly complex 12-acre network of piping (15 miles’ worth), electrical conduit (102 miles’ worth) and settling tanks (the largest is bigger than three Olympic-size swimming pools). To ensure it runs efficiently, the company built the plant to produce a firehose of information — its 24/7 operation is monitored by nearly 40,000 real-time data sensors. Intel’s Hillsboro water recycling plant is the company’s largest in the world now operating — the only other one of comparable size is in Ocotillo, Arizona, which is still in its startup phase.
Intel’s billion-gallon milestone in Oregon precedes events focused on the climate currently underway at the U.N. General Assembly. The U.N. reports that water – its availability or scarcity – “is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change.”
“Organizations small and large must come together and implement innovative ways to conserve water, one of our most precious resources,” says Suzanne Fallender, Intel’s director of Corporate Responsibility. “Individual action to tackle the world’s biggest challenges, like climate change, isn’t enough.”
Intel’s global commitment to wise water use — through a combination of reuse and recycling, conservation and community-based restoration — is a key element of the company’s 2030 Sustainability Goals. The company has committed to “be a global leader in sustainability and enable our customers and other to reduce their environmental impact through our actions and technology.”
Over the past decade, Intel beat its previous goal to reduce its 2020 water use to below 2010 levels. Over that 10-year timeframe, the company’s global water conservation and related efforts saved an estimated 44 billion gallons of water. That figure dwarfs even the recent Oregon plant milestone and translates to a savings of 19 hours of water pouring over Niagara Falls.
What’s New: The Intel Foundation, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund (legacy organization of the Robert N. Noyce Foundation), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation are joining forces to launch the Million Girls Moonshot movement. Together with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s after-school networks, Million Girls Moonshot aims to transform engineering and computer science learning opportunities for girls and their families.
“Girls are the future innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs. They have the potential to change the world. The Million Girls Moonshot will provide opportunities to ignite a lifelong passion for STEM. By investing in girls, we empower them to become the innovators our society needs, and we’re proud to be a leader in this movement.”
–Pia Wilson-Body, president, Intel Foundation
Why It Matters: For more than two decades, the percentage of women receiving undergraduate degrees in engineering has remained relatively flat, between 18% and 21%, and declined in computer science from 28% to 19%. Million Girls Moonshot is a transformative nationwide movement that will help spark the next generation of scientists, inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs. Over the next five years, the movement aims to close the gender gap by inspiring girls to dream big and pursue engineering and computer science careers.
How It Works: Organizations partnering with Million Girls Moonshot will strive to reach 1 million girls through:
Engaging, equity-focused STEM programs and mentorships that create pathways to inspire and support girls pursuing STEM in high school and beyond.
Grant funding and in-kind resources through the Mott Foundation’s robust network of after-school and out-of-school programs across the U.S. to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences. Resources include technical assistance, educational resources, special curriculum from NASA, and access to Intel’s She Will Connect program partners and employee volunteers.
A scalable and collective impact approach designed to reach girls living in underserved communities who can benefit the most from this movement and build on existing community strengths. Million Girls Moonshot will scale Intel Foundation’s efforts and leverage a diverse group of cross-sector funding and program partners to deepen its impact.
What’s New: At Baidu World 2020, Intel announced a series of collaborations with Baidu in artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, data center and cloud computing infrastructure. Intel and Baidu executives discussed the trends of intelligent infrastructure and intelligent computing, and shared details on the two companies’ strategic vision to jointly drive the industry’s intelligent transformation within the cloud, network and edge computing environments.
“In China, the most important thing for developing an industry ecosystem is to truly take root in the local market and its users’ needs. With the full-speed development of ‘new infrastructure’ and 5G, China has entered the stage of accelerated development of the industrial internet. Intel and Baidu will collaborate comprehensively to create infinite possibilities for the future through continuous innovation, so that technology can enrich the lives of everyone.”
– Rui Wang, Intel vice president in the Sales & Marketing Group and PRC country manager
Why It Matters: Zhenyu Hou, corporate vice president of Baidu, said that Baidu and Intel are both extremely focused on technology innovation and have always been committed to promoting intelligent transformation through innovative technology exploration. In the wave of new infrastructure, Baidu continues to deepen its collaboration with Intel to seize opportunities in the AI industry and bring more value to the industry, society and individuals.
A Series of Recent Collaborations:
AI in the Cloud: Intel and Baidu have delivered technological innovations over the past decade, from search and AI to autonomous driving, 5G and cloud services. Recently Baidu and Intel worked on customizing Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to deliver optimized performance, thermal design power (TDP), temperature and feature sets within Baidu’s cloud infrastructure. With the latest 3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor with built-in BFloat16 instruction set, Intel supports Baidu’s optimization of the PaddlePaddle framework to provide enhanced speech prediction services and multimedia processing support within the Baidu cloud to deliver highly optimized, highlight efficient cloud management, operation and maintenance.
Next-Gen server architecture: Intel and Baidu have designed and carried out the commercial deployment of next-generation 48V rack servers based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors to achieve higher rack power density, reduce power consumption and improve energy efficiency. The two companies are working to drive ecosystem maturity of 48V and promote the full adoption of 48V in the future based on the next-generation Xeon® Scalable processor (code named Sapphire Rapids).
Networking: In an effort to improve virtualization and workload performance, while accelerating data processing speeds and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) within Baidu infrastructure, Intel and Baidu are deploying Smart NIC (network interface card) innovations based on Intel® SoC FPGAs and Intel® Ethernet 800 Series adapter with Application Device Queues (ADQ) technology. Smart NICs greatly increase port speed, optimize network load, realize large-scale data processing, and create an efficient and scalable bare metal and virtualization environment for the Baidu AICloud.
Baidu Smart NICs are built on the latest Intel Ethernet 800 series, Intel Xeon-D processor and Intel Arria® 10-based FPGAs. From the memory and storage side, Intel and Baidu built a high-performance, ultra-scalable, and unified user space single-node storage engine using Intel® Optane™ persistent memory and Intel Optane NVMe SSDs to enable Baidu to configure multiple storage scenarios through one set of software.
5G and edge computing: In the area of 5G and edge computing, Intel and Baidu have utilized their technology expertise and collaborated on a joint innovation using the capabilities of the OpenNESS (Open Network Edge Services Software) toolkit developed by Intel, and Baidu IME (Intelligent Mobile Edge), to help achieve a highly reliable edge compute solution with AI capabilities for low-latency applications.
What’s Next: Looking forward, Intel will continue to leverage its comprehensive data center portfolio to collaborate with Baidu on a variety of developments including:
Developing a future autonomous vehicle architecture platform and intelligent transportation vehicle-road computing architecture.
Exploring mobile edge computing to provide users with edge resources to connect Baidu AI operator services.
Expanding Baidu Smart Cloud in infrastructure technology.
Improving the optimization of Xeon Scalable processors and PaddlePaddle.
Bringing increased benefits to Baidu online AI businesses, thus creating world-changing technology that truly enriches lives.
Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 14, 2020 – Intel announced today the launch of two additional Intel Ignite sites in Austin, Texas, and Munich, Germany, following its success in Tel Aviv, Israel. Intel Ignite is Intel’s startup growth program launched in 2019. This is the first stage of expansion that will establish the program in multiple cities throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
Intel Ignite is a 12-week program for 10 early-stage startups that will receive hands-on mentorship from Intel and world-leading experts. Participating companies will gain access to technology and business leaders, as well as the knowledge, network and association that come with being accepted into one of the world’s most challenging and competitive startup programs.
“Intel’s purpose is to create world-changing technologies that enrich the lives of every person on Earth,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “We launched Ignite in 2019 both to support early-stage companies on their journey to success and to provide Intel employees with an opportunity to advance our purpose. In its first year, the Ignite program’s achievements have far surpassed our expectations and because of its proven, strategic impact, we are expanding its reach.”
The Intel Ignite team chose to establish programs in Austin and Munich because both cities are home to Intel sites with top-tier startup ecosystems featuring a high concentration of innovation, technology and talent. Intel Ignite has completed two successful cohorts in Israel representing startups from a range of industries, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the internet of things, all areas where Intel can provide deep expertise and guidance — from engineering to manufacturing to marketing — as well as industry connections.
The program is currently accepting applications for the third cohort in Tel Aviv. The Ignite program in Munich and Austin will start in the first half of 2021. Munich’s applications will open in 2020’s fourth quarter to applicants from across Europe; Austin’s will open in 2021’s first quarter to applicants from across the U.S. All three programs will have a physical base at the center of their local startup ecosystem. The selection process and complete program will be delivered virtually while operating under pandemic guidelines.
Criteria for interested companies include a minimum of $1 million in funding (seed, series A), an experienced founding team, significant IP and a large market opportunity. Startups must be in the technology sector. Intel Ignite will not take equity from startups as part of this program. To apply, visit www.intel.com/ignite.
“Ignite was created to help startups realize their potential and to connect them with leading Intel experts. We are expanding the program to multiple countries so that we can work with a diverse array of startups tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges,” said Intel Ignite General Manager Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld. “The startups we look for are fearless, pave new paths and are not afraid of taking bold steps. Intel employees engaging with the startups in Ignite are challenged to work more nimbly and creatively, and they gain perspective on how other companies and entrepreneurs operate, producing fast results and significant business outcomes.” For more information, visit www.intel.com/ignite.
Keyvan Esfarjani Corporate Vice President
General Manager, Manufacturing and Operations
By Keyvan Esfarjani
As I take on the leadership of Intel’s renowned Manufacturing and Operations organization, my team and I are committed to doing what is necessary to deliver a predictable cadence of leadership products for our customers. I also want to publicly recognize the outstanding work done by this group and provide an update on the development of our global manufacturing operations.
Last week, we launched our 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors (code-named “Tiger Lake”), the latest system-on-chip (SoC) from Intel. Tiger Lake SoCs incorporate several innovations in process technology, such as gate and interconnect design improvements, that will deliver a new era of laptop performance and unprecedented value for our customers. Tiger Lake is also the first Intel® processor designed and built on our SuperFin technology, a redefinition of FinFET that enablesthe largest single intranode enhancement in Intel’s history. SuperFin delivers performance improvements comparable to a full-node transition and enables a leadership product roadmap.
Like all our silicon products, Tiger Lake is an astonishing manufacturing achievement. It represents everything that we at Intel are dedicated to and showcases the differentiation of our integrated design and manufacturing (IDM) model. We continue to gain a competitive advantage from the strong connection across manufacturing, architecture, process design and packaging technologies. I want to recognize Intel’s team in Oregon, which has done much of the heavy lifting to bring Tiger Lake to reality with outstanding quality. Our Fab Operations in Arizona and Israel have also done excellent jobs with process matching and accelerating the 10nm ramp ahead of schedule.
I am grateful for the dedication of our manufacturing workforce during the ongoing pandemic. Intel’s safety culture continues to be a shining example of what it means to be best in class. There was no playbook for a situation of this scale, yet our Manufacturing and Operations team quickly made operational changes and adopted safety measures to ensure continued safe operation of our fabs and assembly/test plants. These efforts have kept our global manufacturing operations running smoothly and producing the essential technology the world needs now more than ever. It has been inspiring.
Manufacturing and Operations is committed to be the supplier of choice to our customers. Fortunately, we have had high demand for our products. As a result, we continue to ramp up capacity and invest in our manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and around the world. Intel CFO George Davis said in our second-quarter earnings call that we expect 2020 capital expenditures of approximately $15 billion. In October we will celebrate 40 years of Intel operations in Arizona with our newest multibillion-dollar state-of-the-art factory expansion. We are also currently expanding our manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Ireland and Israel and investing in New Mexico for leading-edge product adjacencies such as Intel® Optane™ advanced memory.
Having these additional fab spaces will allow Intel to support the growing needs of our customers worldwide. As always, site expansion and the related investment will occur in stages and are subject to change based on business, economic and other factors.
As we recently shared, Intel has adopted a disaggregated design methodology. This gives us the flexibility to design the best-performing and highest-quality products for our customers by bringing together different IP, components and process technologies in a single product. Sometimes, that includes combining components from external foundries with those from our own fabs while upholding the highest standards of Intel quality. We will continue our strategic use of such foundries just as we have done for nearly two decades.
Intel’s Manufacturing and Operations group has been instrumental in enabling Intel to go above and beyond for our customers and deliver record financial results. As we look forward to the future, we will innovate, accelerate and deliver a predictable cadence of competitive products. I am honored to be part of this team and together we will do wonderful things.
Keyvan Esfarjani is corporate vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Operations at Intel Corporation.
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Barbara Whye Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Corporate Vice President, Social Impact and Human Resources
U.K. publication PCR magazine has published “Is your workplace attractive to Generation Z?”, an op-ed from Barbara Whye, Intel chief officer of Diversity and Inclusion and corporate vice president of HR and social impact. Today, Intel also released the second installment of its global research report commissioned with Lenovo that considers what employees of different ages and genders expect when it comes to workplace diversity and inclusion (D&I).
In PCR, Whye writes about a U.K.-based study that Intel recently launched assessing expectations of Generation Z (people born from 1996 to 2002) concerning diversity and personal experiences of bias – and how these will contribute to shaping their future career paths. The findings were clear: For Gen Z, D&I is a deciding factor when considering future careers. Since the workforce now consists of multiple generations, it’s important to understand their viewpoints and experiences in order to be inclusive of all. Gen Z in particular expects companies to understand and respect its needs and will not conform to a culture that doesn’t align with its values.
“From social equity to climate change, this is a generation that is determined to make a difference. When it comes to work, Intel’s research found that a majority of Gen Zs in the U.K. would be hesitant to take a job from a company that does not have diverse representation in senior leadership roles. Moreover, in choosing between competing job offers, a company’s stance on diversity and inclusivity is almost as important as the pay offered.”
As part of its joint research with Lenovo, Intel examined Gen Z’s global perspective on D&I with a focus on gender differences and the importance of leadership diversity. It surveyed over 5,000 people recruited by Lucid, a global survey platform, between Dec. 19, 2019, and Jan. 7, 2020. Key findings include:
Gen Z employees across markets consistently lead other generations when it comes to finding importance in the diverse composition of company leadership. For example, Gen Z, by a 22-point margin, want to see more LGBTQ representation when compared with baby boomers born between 1947 and 1965 (66% vs. 44%).
As it pertains to the importance for companies to provide specific benefits for groups with different needs, 77% of global Gen Z respondents ranked it extremely or very important compared with 58% of baby boomers. Additionally, by a 10-point margin, Gen Z believes implementing programs to ensure D&I at every level is extremely or very important for ensuring equal treatment of employees (83% of global Gen Z respondents vs. 73% of global baby boomer respondents).
Employees of both genders in Brazil and China place a higher importance of ensuring team members’ voices are heard (Brazil: 98% of women and 92% of men; China: 90% of women and 88% of men). However, women across all markets consistently indexed higher than their male counterparts on this issue.
Employees across all markets indicate seeing female representation in leadership positions as a top priority; however, the U.S. is the only country to place ethnic minority leadership as a top-two priority. In the U.K., Brazil and Germany, more weight is given to supporting leadership representation to those living with disabilities, while China wants more consideration and support for parents in the workplace.
What’s New: Samsung Medison and Intel are collaborating on new smart workflow solutions to improve obstetric measurements that contribute to maternal and fetal safety and can help save lives. Using an Intel® Core™ i3 processor, the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit and OpenCV library, Samsung Medison’s BiometryAssist™ automates and simplifies fetal measurements, while LaborAssist™ automatically estimates the fetal angle of progression (AoP) during labor for a complete understanding of a patient’s birthing progress, without the need for invasive digital vaginal exams.
“Samsung Medison’s BiometryAssist is a semi-automated fetal biometry measurement system that automatically locates the region of interest and places a caliper for fetal biometry, demonstrating a success rate of 97% to 99% for each parameter1. Such high efficacy enables its use in the current clinical practice with high precision.”
–Professor Jayoung Kwon, MD PhD, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Yonsei University Health System in Seoul, Korea
Why It’s Needed: According to the World Health Organization, about 295,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth in 2017, even as maternal mortality rates decreased. While every pregnancy and birth is unique, most maternal deaths are preventable. Research from the Perinatal Institute found that tracking fetal growth is essential for good prenatal care and can help prevent stillbirths when physicians are able to recognize growth restrictions.
“At Intel, we are focused on creating and enabling world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on Earth,” said Claire Celeste Carnes, strategic marketing director for Health and Life Sciences at Intel. “We are working with companies like Samsung Medison to adopt the latest technologies in ways that enhance the patient safety and improve clinical workflows, in this case for the important and time-sensitive care provided during pregnancy and delivery.”
How It Works: BiometryAssist automates and standardizes fetal measurements in approximately 85 milliseconds with a single click, providing over 97% accuracy1. This allows doctors to spend more time talking with their patients while also standardizing fetal measurements, which have historically proved challenging to accurately provide. With BiometryAssist, physicians can quickly verify consistent measurements for high volumes of patients.
“Samsung is working to improve the efficiency of new diagnostic features, as well as healthcare services, and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO library and OpenCV toolkit have been a great ally in reaching these goals,” said Won-Chul Bang, corporate vice president and head of Product Strategy, Samsung Medison.
During labor, LaborAssist helps physicians estimate fetal AOP and head direction. This enables both the physician and patient to understand the fetal descent and labor process and determine the best method for delivery. There is always risk with delivery and a slowing progress could result in issues for the baby. Obtaining more accurate and real-time progression of labor can help physicians determine the best mode of delivery and potentially help reduce the number of unnecessary cesarean sections.
“LaborAssist provides automatic measurement of the angle of progression as well as information pertaining to fetal head direction and estimated head station. So it is useful for explaining to the patient and her family how the labor is progressing, using ultrasound images which show the change of head station during labor. It is expected to be of great assistance in the assessment of labor progression and decision-making for delivery,” said Professor Min Jeong Oh, MD, PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea University Guro Hospital in Seoul, Korea.
BiometryAssist and LaborAssist are already in use in 80 countries, including the United States, Korea, Italy, France, Brazil and Russia. The solutions received Class 2 clearance by the FDA in 2020.
What’s Next: Intel and Samsung Medison will continue to collaborate to advance the state of the art in ultrasounds by accelerating AI and leveraging advanced technology in Samsung Medison’s next-generation ultrasound solutions, including Nerve Tracking, SW Beamforming and AI Module.
1 Source: Internal Samsung testing. System configuration: Intel® Core™ i3-4100Q CPU @ 2.4 GHz, 8 GB memory; OS: 64-bit Windows 10. Inference time without OpenVINO enhancements was 480 milliseconds. Inference time with OpenVINO enhancements was 85 milliseconds.
Intel, with our logo, bunny suits and iconic musical “bong,” is a brand familiar to people worldwide – in fact, Forbes recently named us one of the world’s most valuable brands. Built on 52 years of innovation, a dedication to excellence, speed and performance, the Intel brand has remained largely untouched for years, even as the company has undergone a significant business evolution.
Today, we make a leap into the future, with a transformed Intel brand that reflects our essential role in creating technology that moves the world forward.
We are a different company than we were even five years ago. We are actively executing against a new growth strategy, creating a new revenue mix and pursuing new market segments fueled by data and the rise of artificial intelligence, 5G network transformation and the intelligent edge. Our diverse portfolio and the broader ecosystem are unparalleled. As we enter new markets and broaden our technology, we see an opportunity to play an even bigger role in our customers’ success. Opportunity that starts with Intel technology as the foundation – or spark – for the world’s greatest innovations.
At the same time, we are a team of over 100,000 dreamers and doers who believe strongly in our purpose: to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on Earth. There has never been a more urgent time to harness the breadth and scale of our reach to make a positive impact for people, business and our planet.
As a marketer, my aspiration for the new Intel brand is to capture and convey both our business and cultural evolution through a simplified, focused platform that supports our 2030 ambitions while staying true to our history.
The new look and feel of the Intel brand is purposeful and inspired by Robert Noyce’s quote: “Don’t be encumbered by history. Go off and do something wonderful.” This quote has long served as a source of inspiration and innovation across the company; it’s in Intel’s DNA. The mantra has been our North Star, guiding generations of workers to make a meaningful impact on the world. This new brand is not only representative of the technology we create, but also an embodiment of the human spark of ingenuity and innovation that runs through the company.
The new Intel brand also reflects our commitment to accelerating progress against the world’s most critical challenges. As our CEO Bob Swan stated this year: Our world is facing challenges unlike any we have seen before. The urgent need for action to address climate change; the deep digital divide; the lack of diversity, inclusion and equity in technology; and the global pandemic call for a new era of shared responsibility. To address this, we have raised the bar for ourselves and evolved our corporate responsibility strategy to increase the scale of our work with others to create a more responsible, inclusive and sustainable world, enabled through technology and our collective actions.
This truth, in who we are and what the brand represents, infuses humanity into everything we do. It brings solutions to our customers that touch the lives of people across the globe.
These driving forces made clear it was time for our external image to evolve to better represent the company we’ve become:
Our new logo honors our past by bringing forward some of the strongest design elements while simplifying and modernizing them to bring dimension and breadth extending our brand into the future.
Some may see “Intel Inside” as a sticker; to us, it’s a badge. We’ve reimagined our badges as simple expressions that give our products individual identity while connecting them under the One Intel family.
Blue remains the foundational color of the Intel brand. In addition to our classic Intel blue, we will introduce new variants with an extended color palette to add more depth and modernize our visual identity.
Our musical sound signature or “bong” will retain those iconic five notes recognized around the world, but a modernized version will roll out later this year.
We know a new brand won’t come to life with new colors, sounds and logo; it needs to be a unifying rally cry built on action and aligned with our company purpose. We recognize that only through time and a continued track record for excellence in innovation and delivering for our customers will we shape and define ourselves.
Rather than introduce everything at once, our plan is to roll out our brand over time. We start today with the launch of our 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, as they represent one of our biggest technical innovations in years.
Moving forward, you will see the brand reflected in:
Our technology. We will continue to create breakthrough technology that enables our partners and customers to do more wonderful for their businesses and the people they serve.
Our impact. We will redouble our commitment to enabling people to do something wonderful.
Our team. We will celebrate our team and our ecosystem of world-changers and all the wonderful things they do to impact the world.
We welcome you to join us in this journey, to transform the way you do business, to do something wonderful. Now is the time to take this internal mantra out into the world and celebrate it – celebrate you and all the things your work inspires others to do.
All the world needs is an idea – and Intel Inside – to do something wonderful.
Karen Walker is senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Intel.
Intel launches 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, the world’s best processors for thin-and-light laptops1, delivering up to 2.7x faster content creation2, more than 20% faster office productivity3 and more than 2x faster gaming plus streaming4 in real-world workflows over competitive products.
Intel® Evo™ platform brand introduced for designs based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and verified through the Project Athena innovation program’s second-edition specification and key experience indicators (KEIs).
More than 150 designs based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors are expected from Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung and others.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 2, 2020 – Intel today unleashed a new era of laptop performance with the launch of its next-generation mobile PC processors and the evolution of its broad ecosystem partnerships that are propelling the mobile PC industry forward. New 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics (code-named “Tiger Lake”) are the world’s best processors for thin-and-light laptops with unmatched capabilities for real-world productivity, collaboration, creation, gaming and entertainment across Windows and ChromeOS-based laptops.
Leveraging Intel’s new SuperFin process technology, 11th Gen Intel Core processors optimize power efficiency with leading performance and responsiveness while running at significantly higher frequencies versus prior generations. More than 150 designs based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors are expected from partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung and others.
Intel also introduced the Intel Evo platform brand for laptop designs verified to the second edition specification and KEIs of the Project Athena innovation program. Based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, devices featuring the Intel Evo badge are verified to be the best laptops for getting things done5. More than 20 verified designs are expected this year.
“11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics are a major leap forward in real-world processor performance and are the best laptop processors we have built,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. “From productivity and content creation to entertainment and gaming, when you pick a system powered by 11th Gen Intel Core – especially one of our new Intel Evo co-engineered and verified designs – you know you are getting the best laptop experience possible.”
Introducing Intel Evo
Intel continues to lead the PC ecosystem in driving innovation across the platform to deliver the best computing experiences possible. The new Intel Evo platform brand represents the best laptops designed to help you focus and get things done no matter where you are. Based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and verified to the second edition specification and key experience indicators of Project Athena under an intensified testing methodology, Intel and its co-engineering partners are once again raising the bar for laptop experiences.
By measuring workflows under real-world conditions for consistent performance and battery life together, Intel’s unique testing and measurement methodology provides a preview into how a laptop will perform each day. Only the laptop designs that consistently meet or beat the KEIs and specification are verified to use the Intel Evo badge. KEI targets are minimums and include:
Consistent responsiveness on battery6
System wake from sleep in less than 1 second
Nine or more hours of real-world battery life on systems with FHD displays7
Fast charging with up to a four-hour charge in under 30 minutes on systems with FHD displays8
Intel Evo platforms also feature best-in-class wired and wireless connectivity9 with integrated Thunderbolt™ 4 universal cable connectivity and Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), as well as premium audio, webcam and display, all wrapped in sleek thin-and-light form factors for a premium experience. For highlights of the second edition target specification and the verification process, see the Intel Evo fact sheet.
11th Gen Intel Core Processors with Intel Iris Xe Graphics
11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics are the world’s best processors for thin-and-light laptops across both Windows and ChromeOS. They represent Intel’s most ambitious system-on-chip (SoC), delivering more than a generational leap in performance and the best experiences for U-series laptops in productivity, creation, gaming, entertainment and collaboration. A broad range of integrated features fuel the best thin-and-light platforms available with optimized CPU, GPU, artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration, software optimization and platform capabilities that maximize real-world performance on the applications and features people use the most:
Rich collaboration: 11th Gen processors are the best for collaboration with more immersive and personal AI-enhanced experiences, including enhanced audio with CPU offload for background noise suppression via Intel Gaussian and Neural Accelerator 2.0 (Intel GNA), AI-accelerated background blur and video super-resolution, the latest video decode and integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) – the best Wi-Fi technology for video conferencing10 – all on a thin-and-light PC.
Leadership productivity performance: More than 20% faster office productivity versus competitive products and on workflows that reflect how people use their laptops every day. 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.
Advanced content creation: Up to 2.7x faster real-world photo editing and up to 2x faster real-world video editing11 versus competitive products, in addition to support for 8K HDR displays and up to four simultaneous 4K HDR displays.
Immersive entertainment: 11th Gen Intel Core processors are the first in the industry with hardware-supported Dolby Vision, delivering more immersive content experiences and improving system-level power by approximately 20% versus the previous generation, translating to more than an hour of additional video streaming on battery12.
New gaming experiences: With up to 2x game performance over the previous generation13, play Borderlands 3, Far Cry New Dawn, Hitman 2 and other popular game titles for the first time at 1080p on Intel’s integrated graphics. Share your success with friends with ability to game plus stream more than 2x faster than competitive products. All of this on integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and in a thin-and-light design.
“The new 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics are delivering incredible performance and responsiveness to enable Windows customers around the world to be more productive and have fun today and in the future,” said Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft.
“Based on extensive and deep collaboration between Intel and Google, we’re able to optimize the user experience, and we are thrilled to be bringing the next-generation of Chromebooks to market powered by 11th Gen Intel Core,” said John Solomon, vice president of ChromeOS.
Integrated and Optimized to Enable the Best Thin-and-Light Platforms
As detailed at Architecture Day 2020, new Willow Cove CPU and Intel® Xe graphics architectures on Intel’s new SuperFin process technology push the envelope on frequency – up to 4.8 GHz – improving power efficiency while enabling specialized compute engines, accelerators and software optimizations to be integrated on the SoC. 11th Gen Intel Core processors deliver the best combination of the innovative compute engines needed for real-life workloads, including:
New Intel Iris Xe graphics outperform 90% of the discrete graphics paired in this segment14 and offer up to 96 EUs and up to 16MB of L3 cache.
The first instruction set for neural network inferencing on integrated graphics with Intel® DL Boost: DP4a and the first with native support for INT8 data type, delivering up to 5x better AI performance15.
Support for the high-performance AV1 CODEC that enables power-efficient support for 4K, even in constrained bandwidth environments.
The first with image processing solution enabling vision sensing and adaptive dimming.
Best-in-class Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, including support for up to four ports with universal cable connectivity for charging, data and video.
The first mobile client SoC with CPU-attached PCIe Gen 4 interface and with up to four lanes.
With scalable performance across the 7- to 28-watt thermal envelope, nine processor configurations across two package designs for form factor flexibility and up to 4.8 GHz turbo frequency, 11th Gen Intel Core processors provide the single core speed crucial for advanced workloads on thin-and-light laptops.
Cores / Threads
Base Freq (GHz)
Max Single Core Turbo (GHz, up to)
Max All Core Turbo (GHz, up to)
Graphics Max Freq (GHz, up to)
Intel® DL Boost /Intel® GNA 2.0
Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7
Intel Iris Xe
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
Intel Iris Xe
Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7
Intel Iris Xe
Intel® Core™ i3-1125G4
Intel UHD Graphics
Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4
Intel UHD Graphics
Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7
Intel Iris Xe
Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7
Intel Iris Xe
Intel® Core™ i3-1120G4
Intel UHD Graphics
Intel® Core™ i3-1110G4
Intel UHD Graphics
Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.
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1 As measured by industry benchmarks, Representative Usage Guide testing, and unique features of the Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 processor, including in comparison to AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, across 5 key usages: productivity, creation, gaming, collaboration, and entertainment. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/11thgen.
2 As measured by Content Creation: Photo Editing workflow
3 As measured by Productivity: Microsoft Office 365 workflow
4 As measured by Gaming: Game and Stream workflow
5 Measured by Project Athena laptop innovation program Key Experience Indicators and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor Representative Usage Guides. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/Evo and www.intel.com/11thGen.
6 Measured speed of premium Windows OS-based design while performing 25 workflows predictive of performance under a typical-use environment comprising multiple cloud-based and local apps and web pages including Google Chrome, Google G-Suite, Microsoft Office 365, YouTube and Zoom. Testing as of August 2020 conducted on laptops on DC battery ≥30%, connected to 802.11 wireless, and with shipped hardware configurations including Windows 10 and 250-nit screen brightness.
7 Time taken to drain from 100% to critical battery level while performing workflows under a typical-use environment, comprising multiple cloud-based and local apps and web pages including Google Chrome, Google G-Suite, Microsoft Office 365, YouTube and Zoom. Testing as of August 2020 conducted on laptops connected to 802.11 wireless, and with shipped hardware configurations including Windows 10 and 250-nit screen brightness.
8 Minimum charge attained in 30-minute window while powered off from OEM-default shutdown level. Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Testing as of August 2020.
9 Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical laptop Wi-Fi products. Thunderbolt™ 4 is the fastest port available on a laptop, at 40 Gb/s, as compared to other laptop I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. Must use a Thunderbolt-enabled device.
10 As measured by OTA (Over the Air) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) vs. Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) NB client Skype video conferencing test data, obtained in standard corporate IT 20 MHz and 40 MHz network deployment scenarios. See www.intel.com/11thgen for configuration details
11 As measured by Content Creation: Video Editing workflow
12 Intel estimates approximately 20% of system level power savings comparing VEBox enabled 4K24fps Dolby Vision playback on a TGL Core™ i7-1185G7 reference design vs. a similarly configured ICL Core™ i7-1065G7 reference design, translating into more than one hour of additional Dolby Vision content viewing time on the TGL Core™ i7-1185G7 design with a 40WHr battery. Testing as of August 2020.
13 As measured by Gears Tactics (1080p Medium with variable rate shading enabled) on 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Processor vs 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7U Processor
14 Based on market analysis of discrete graphics paired with U-series, sold in the past 12 months
15 As measured by MLPerf v0.5 Inference with Offline Scenario using OpenVINO 2020.2 framework Closed ResNet50-v1.5 offline int8 GPU (Batch=32) on 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Processor vs OpenVINO 2020.2 framework Closed ResNet50-v1.5 offline FP32 GPU (Batch=32)
Follow our live blog of today’s Intel technology launch event. We’ll learn how laptop performance and experiences are evolving, and we’ll also have a special guest appearance from world famous DJ, Diplo.
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8:50 a.m.: “Experience how laptop performance will roar.” Hmm… what goes roar… 🦁&🐯&🐻, oh my!
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9:00 a.m.: Taking the stage… err, well-appointed living room area, is Gregory Bryant, executive VP and GM of the Client Computing Group. At Intel, we call him “GB.”
GB on navigating these times of COVID-19 and the role technology plays in overcoming challenges and adversities: “Our mission of delivering breakthrough technologies to help enrich the lives of every person on Earth has never rung more true, and the PC is a critical part of that.”
It’s the platform of choice to help people focus, help them create, and in the current environment, help them connect and collaborate with friends, family and coworkers around the world. So we have challenged ourselves, working with all our partners in the industry, to advance the PC platform to make it better.
Now rolls a video with voices from Intel and its partners, talking about developing the future of computing together, including Acer, Microsoft, Best Buy, HP, Dell, Google, Samsung, IQIYI, JD.com, Tripwire, Adobe, JOYY Inc., IDC, Lenovo and Asus.
Intel chief architect Raja Koduri is the first on this webcast to say the name “Tiger Lake”!
9:03 a.m.: Now we’re back with GB but in a lab with several laptops. I feel a drumroll coming.
“Today we are excited to launch the world’s best processor for thin and light laptops: our 11th Gen Intel Core processor.”
Nine new high-performance SKUs across Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7, GB announces. “Best processor Intel has ever built… and it certainly rises about all the imitators.”
GB promises that benchmarks are coming to back up this claim across many usages in productivity, creation, gaming, collaboration and entertainment.
Clockspeed reveal! Up to 4.8 GHz.
Xe graphics is here in Tiger Lake’s integrated GPU.
More AI performance, integrated Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6.
GB reveals the starting lineup of systems from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung (with a 5G modem) and Asus. More than 50 designs in market for holiday, and over 150 designs in total.