Intel targets IoT with 12th generation processors

  • January 12, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Intel is targeting IoT applications with its 12th generation Core family of mobile processors launched at least week’s CES in Las Vegas. Claimed to be the world’s fastest mobile processors, they are up to 40 per cent faster than the previous generation mobile processor.

Intel introduced 28 12th generation Core mobile processors that deliver a suite of capabilities to create laptops for people to compute whenever and wherever they need. The scalable line can power designs across consumer, enterprise, IoT and other applications.

“Intel’s new performance hybrid architecture is helping to accelerate the pace of innovation and the future of compute,” said Gregory Bryant, executive vice president at Intel. “And, with the introduction of 12th gen Intel Core mobile processors, we are unlocking new experiences and setting the standard of performance with the fastest processor for a laptop ever.”

The Core H-series mobile processors are led by the Core i9-12900HK, said to be the fastest mobile processor ever created.

By pairing performance-cores (P-cores) and efficient-cores (E-cores) with intelligent workload prioritisation and management distribution through Intel Thread Director, the Core i9-12900HK improves performance across single and multi-threaded applications.

Based on the Intel 7 process, the processors offer up to 5GHz frequencies, 14 cores (six P-cores and eight E-cores) and 20 threads.

This can deliver up to 28% faster gaming than the previous Core i9-11980HK. Users may see up to 43% higher performance in 3D rendering.

There is broad memory support for DDR5/LPDDR5 and DDR4/LPDDR4 modules up to 4800MT/s.

It has nearly three times faster connectivity on exclusive high-speed channels without legacy wifi interference. Thunderbolt 4 support delivers transfer speeds up to 40Gbit/s and PC connectivity to multiple 4K monitors and accessories.

The family also includes the new U- and P-series mobile processors. With up to 14 cores and 20 threads and featuring Iris Xe integrated graphics, the P-series processors operate at 28W base power and are designed for performance thin-and-light laptops, while the U-series processors operate at 9 to 15W and are for form factor optimised thin-and-light laptops.

The 22 new processors range from Core i9 to Pentium and Celeron. The 65 and 35W processors deliver scalable power and performance for gaming, creation and productivity. Intel also introduced laminar coolers that accompany the 65W processors.

In addition, the H670, H610 and B660 chipsets will support broad consumer processors. The chipsets deliver many of the Z-series platform capabilities, such as PCIe 4.0 lanes, integrated Wifi 6E and volume management device, as well as support for memory overclocking.

The launch also ushers in updates to the Evo platform for laptops and other on-the-go form factors, verified to the third-edition specification and key experience indicators of Intel’s Project Athena innovation programme. More than 100 co-engineered designs – including foldable displays and H-series in addition to U- and P-series – are expected to start passing Evo verification, and most will be available in the first half of 2022.

In addition to the responsiveness, real world battery life, instant wake and fast charge, an additional set of requirements and tests called intelligent collaboration have been added to the third-edition specifications. Intelligent collaboration ensures an enhanced experience when collaborating though videoconferencing apps on a PC thanks to technologies such as AI-based background noise cancellation, integrated Wifi 6E, connectivity performance suite and optional AI-accelerated camera imaging effects.

To extend the experience through accessories, Intel announced the Engineered for Intel Evo and Evo vPro programme to build end-to-end experiences backed by co-engineering and testing for Thunderbolt and Bluetooth accessories.

Intel is introducing versions of the vPro platform to offer businesses a tailored approach that takes advantage of the enterprise-grade performance of the Core processors for business.

“Microsoft and Intel have a long history of partnering together to deliver incredible performance and seamless experiences to people all over the world,” said Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft. “Whether playing the latest AAA title, encoding 8K video or developing complex geological models, the combination of Windows 11 and the new 12th gen Intel Core mobile processors means you’re getting a powerhouse experience.”

Maurizio de Pascale, chief technology officer at IO Interactive, added: “Tuning games to achieve maximum performance can be daunting. But partnering with Intel and leveraging their decades of expertise has yielded fantastic results, especially optimising for the powerful 12th gen Intel Core processors. As an example, anyone who plays on a laptop powered by the Mobile H-series processors is going to experience Hitman 3 in the best way possible.”