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Intel’s 11th Gen “Tiger Lake” CPUs Announced For “Thin & Light” Laptops

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A year after launching Ice Lake chips, Intel has come up with the 11th Gen Core i3, i5, and i7 “Tiger Lake” processors and calls them best suited for thin and lightweight laptops.

The new Tiger Lake chips feature Intel Iris X graphics, the company’s latest integrated graphics, and Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (CET), which provides hardware-based protection against malware.

As teased at the Architecture Day in August, Tiger Lake processors are based on Intel’s new Willow Cove Core microarchitecture and leverage the “SuperFin” technology. These advancements enable the chips to offer a giant performance leap, compared to the Ice Lake chips, at lower power consumption.

Intel claims that the chips will offer 20% faster office productivity and a 2x increase in gaming performance. It says users will be able to run last-gen games such as Hitman 2, Borderlands 3 at 1080p on Intel’s integrated graphics. And with hardware-supported Dolby Vision, users will save at least 20% more power with the Tiger Lake chips.

Apart from this, the new processors will have Thunderbolt 4 support, Wi-Fi 6, and “support for 8K HDR displays and up to four simultaneous 4K HDR displays.”

Here is a list of all the new Tiger Lake processors —

Model Graphics Cores / Threads Watts Base frequency (GHz) Single CoreTurbo (GHz)
Intel Corei7-1185G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 12-28W 3.0 4.8
Intel Corei7-1165G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 12-28W 2.8 4.7
Intel Corei5-1135G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 12-28W 2.4 4.2
Intel Corei3-1125G4 Intel UHD Graphics 4/8 12-28W 2.0 3.7
Intel Corei3-1115G4 Intel UHD Graphics 2/4 12-28W 3.0 4.1
Intel Corei7-1160G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 7-15W 1.2 4.4
Intel Corei5-1130G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 7-15W 1.1 4.0
Intel Corei3-1120G4 Intel UHD Graphics 4/8 7-15W 1.1 3.5
Intel Corei3-1110G4 Intel UHD Graphics 2/4 7-15W 1.8 3.9

Intel says more than 150 designs with 11th Gen Tiger Lake chips are under development from manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung, and others.

Apart from this, the chipmaker has also announced “Intel Evo,” which is the second iteration of its Project Athena certification standard. Think of it in this way — An Intel Evo certified laptop would mean the machine guaranteed will offer over nine hours of battery life on a single charge, fast-changing, Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6 support, and “system wake from sleep in less than 1 second.”

Intel says you can expect at least 20 Evo-verified designs later this year. As for the 11th Gen Intel’s Tiger Lake processors, expect them in the market in the coming months.

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