During this year's CES, Intel had an event called the Performance Workshop, where many things were presented. Among those are Intel's upcoming Comet Lake-H CPUs, Ghost Canyon NUC 9, and last but not the least there was a mention of the future Tiger Lake processor and its AI performance. Starting with the Comet Lake-H announcement, Intel promised to deliver 8 core, 16 thread processors that are capable of reaching as high as 5 GHz clock speeds, in a 45 W TDP. These processors are the answer to AMD's upcoming "Renoir" Ryzen 4000 series of mobile processors, which are rumored to feature up to 8 cores and 16 threads as well. The advertised 5 GHz boost on these Comet Lake-H CPUs is for the Core i7 model, while Core i9 SKUs are supposed to reach even higher speeds. All the system improvements tied to Comet Lake like support for WiFi 6, Thunderbolt 3 and Optane memory support are also present on these CPUs.
Another interesting announcement was in the form of the 9th generation of NUCs, called the Ghost Canyon NUC. These modular NUCs are somewhat different than the previous generations, as they allow for complete customization of the system, much like a regular PC. There are a few components that this NUC is made out of. Firstly there is a motherboard called "the Element" that houses a CPU, two PCIe slots, and memory slots for RAM. These motherboards are the base of the system and offer almost a complete solution for the NUC, however, there is also another component that needs to be added and that is the graphics card. Having support for dual-slot graphics cards that are up to 9 inches in length, this 5 liter PC measuring 238 x 216 x 96 mm, can accommodate for some powerful ITX-sized graphics cards like RTX 2070 from MSI. CPU options include Intel's Core i9-9980HK, Core i7-9750H, and Core i5-9300H processors. For power, there is a 500 W power supply that appears to be a Flex-ATX form factor. Additionally, Intel said that they will open up this form factor to OEM so they will present creative solutions as well.
In addition to these products, Intel teased "AI performance" of its upcoming Tiger Lake processors. Advertising the three engine AI subsystem which consists of DL Boost, Xe Graphics, and Low Power Acceleration, these components are supposed to make for the solution that does very fast AI processing and splits the workload across all three engines, making for efficient processing. Besides talking about the AI performance of Tiger Lake, Intel didn't reveal any other details regarding the upcoming processor.