Intel's demonstration of a mbadive 28-core PC chip will culminate what promises to be a key note from Computex on Tuesday in Taipei, along with a special processor from the Anniversary Edition 8086K, the Official version announcements of the Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake processor families, one-watt panels designed to dramatically improve the life of the laptop's battery, and more.
"More" includes a look at the Asus and Lenovo laptops with not one, but two screens, of which PCWorld was allowed an exclusive preview.
It's all good news for a PC industry that has worked hard to scale sales in decline. "The PC industry has been improving, which is excellent, and a large part of that is due to the innovation we've been driving with our PC partners," said Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the computer group. of Intel customers.
Bryant said his speech will detail how Intel plans to make the PC a "personal contribution platform." "The PC is good". We can do great, "he said.
Intel's 28-Core Giant
What appears to be Intel's biggest announcement can also be a bit of a mystery." Bryant said he will break with tradition and soon show an unannounced processor. There seems to be no subterfuge: Bryant confirmed that it will be a single-socket processor inside a PC, with 28 cores. "We will show him screaming, all kinds of reference points and workloads in execution," he said. World leading performance. "
In comparison, AMD's Threadripper chip includes 16 cores and 32 threads, which would put the Intel chip well ahead of the competition in terms of core counting, Intel would not disclose more details about the cores. chip, including its process technology or architecture, but it looks like we'll see it soon. "Bryant said it will be shipped during the fourth quarter.
Bryant did not say how much it will cost, but we have a reference framework. ia The Intel Core i9-7980XE, the enthusiastic processor with more cores in its arsenal, currently weighs $ 1,999. A 28-core chip looks like it could be a monster, and it has a price tag, potentially well over $ 2,000.
Intel Core i7-8086K anniversary edition
Intel is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with plans to launch a commemorative version of the 8086, the chip that marked Intel's transition from a memory provider to a microprocessor provider. According to Bryant, Intel plans to give away 8,086 of them (natch) through sweepstakes and other methods.
Officially, the Core i7-8086K is an eighth generation microprocessor, with 6 cores and 12 threads. It will run at a base clock speed of 4 GHz and a turbo clock speed of 5 GHz. Rival AMD was the first to break the 5GHz barrier with the FX-9590, an enthusiastic chip that the company shipped in 2013. Core i7-4790K announced by Intel in Computex 2014 could reach 5GHz, but only after overclocking (the chip reached 4.4GHz in turbo mode). Several Intel Core chips have touched 4GHz, including the current Core i3-8350K. Technically, however, this Core i7-8086K would be the fastest Core chip ever announced under stock cooling.
Intel has not announced the architecture or the price of the chip. Considering the speed of the clock, it is almost certain that it requires a high-end chip cooler. We know it will be sent on June 6.
Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake
Normally, news of Intel's latest chip architecture would be news. But while the Intel 28-core and Core i7-8086K chip deserve their place, one has to wonder what will replace the current Kaby Lake-R. Now we know: Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake.
Unfortunately, what we learned about Whiskey Lake is not so encouraging. The word is that the architecture is still linked to Intel's 14-nm ++ process, instead of making the leap to 10nm, as Intel did with a single chip. An Intel spokeswoman confirmed that Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake "take advantage of our 14 nm technology."
Both the current Kaby Lake-R chips and the upcoming Whiskey Lake chips are U-series chips, which typically consume about 15 watts. Amber Lake is a Y-series chip, said the Intel spokeswoman, targeting ultra-low-power ultrabooks, generally in the 4.5-watt range.
We know two things: the new architecture will offer "double" "The performance of the digits increases with respect to the current architecture," said Bryant, and computer makers are aligning with more than 70 designs. That's a good sign that cutting-edge PCs will begin to incorporate Whiskey Lake (or Amber Lake) chips during the holidays and through early 2019.
"Tiger Rapids" introduces dual-screen PC
Computex really is the celebration of the PC and its components, and this year is no different. Well, there is something different: a pair of Asus and Lenovo devices will incorporate not one, but two screens. Lenovo's is the YogaBook, and the company is moving into the second generation. Asus has more than one concept, known as Project Precog.
Although the dreams of folding Surface devices have thrilled the fans of Microsoft, these could be a little different: the prototype they are inspired, known as the concept of "Tiger Rapids" of Intel. uses an EPD screen to simulate the writing surface of a ballpoint pen and paper. A second device seems a bit more familiar: it is essentially a folding tablet made of two sheets of glbad.
But wait: What Asus will show on stage combines what Bryant called two "vectors" to revitalize the PC, artificial intelligence and adaptive new factors. What Asus will show is an "AI-based PC," said Bryant, with an Intel Movidius deep learning chip inside to improve the PC's ability to accelerate deep learning.
AI will also be used to improve the PC platform as a whole, including smart charging of the battery, Bryant added. Later, Intel will reload an AI development kit.
1 Watt panels could drastically reduce notebook power
Although we often focus on the amount of power your laptop or desktop consumes, the other components on your mobile devices, including your display, also they are guilty. Intel and its partners plan to use Computex to announce a possible solution to the problem: one-watt panels that will significantly improve the battery life of your laptop, for approximately 4 to 8 hours of additional battery life.
What Intel calls Intel's low-power display technology is a set of technologies that offer a drastic reduction in display power, according to a company spokeswoman. Intel worked with Sharp and Innolux to develop the technology, which Intel did not fully detail. Fortunately, the panels will arrive inside the PCs for this holiday season, providing more than 20 hours of battery life without compromising performance or visual experience, he added.
Optane's largest mobile implementation
The Intel ad parade will continue with a new M.2 Optane implementation. The new Optane has a capacity of 380 GB and can be used to upgrade a laptop or combine it into a NVMe RAID array on a PCIe motherboard or card with a total capacity of 1.5 TB, said Bryant, with data speeds of 10GBps.
5G PCs will arrive next year
Bryant appeared on stage with a Sprint representative, who announced a partnership to bring PCs connected to 5G in 2019. Sprint, along with other carriers, have begun testing 5G technologies in several cities, although it is not clear how invasive 5G networks will be once PCs are shipped.
Intel has faced some competition, at least on paper, from Qualcomm. The company's Always Connected computers feature 4G connectivity from multiple vendors, along with a battery life that lasts most of the day. Bryant said he will show 10 new 4G Connected PC designs for the holiday season, adding the total of 25 designs that already exist on the market.
Intel even brought a 5G cell to its key note from Computex to show the power of 5G connectivity. "I think this is a big problem," Bryant said of 5G, and the partnerships Intel has forged with partners and operators.
The day after Intel makes its presentation, AMD will give its opinion. We'll see if it can surpbad what Intel has already announced.