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Intel DG2 Discrete Xe Graphics Block Diagram Surfaces

New details have leaked on Intel's upcoming DG2 graphics accelerator, which could help shed some light on what exactly can be expected from Intel's foray into the discrete graphics department. For one, a product listing shows an Intel DG2 graphic accelerator being paired with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory and a Tiger Lake-H CPU (45 W version with 8 cores, which should carry only 32 EUs in integrated graphics hardware). This 8 GB of GDDR6 detail is interesting, as it points towards a 256-bit memory bus - one that is expected to be paired with the 512 EU version of Intel's DG2 (remember that a 384 EU version is also expected, but that one carries only 6 GB of GDDR6, which most likely means a 192-bit bus.

Videocardz says they have received an image for the block diagram on Intel's DG2, pointing towards a 189 mm² die area for the 384 EU version. Looking at component density, it seems that this particular diagram may refer to an MXM design, commonly employed as a discrete notebook solution. 6 total GDDR6 chips are seen in the diagram, thus pointing towards a memory density of 6 GB and the aforementioned 192-bit bus. Other specs that have turned up in the meantime point towards a USB-C interface being available for the DG2, which could either point towards a Thunderbolt 4-supporting design, or something like Virtual Link.

MSI Officially Enters the Business Laptop Market With New Logo

Micro-Star International (MSI), the technology and laptop giant debuted its brand new "Business & Productivity" lineup,: The Summit, Prestige, and Modern series. The company also revealed its new, minimalistic, and modern logo for the new lineup. This bold new direction is a major milestone for MSI.

The new line also includes one of the first laptops, Prestige 14 Evo certified on Intel's Evo platform, which indicates advanced efficiency and better mobility. The gaming series also unveiled the world's thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop, the Stealth 15M. All powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel processor, the new lineup provides unprecedented efficiency and performance in the face of the new remote working trend due to COVID-19.

Lenovo Reveals Updated Yoga Laptops Featuring Intel 11th Gen Core Mobile Processors

Every year, Lenovo rolls out a Yoga PC holiday lineup that shows consumers just how premium our laptop experience can be by providing the latest in smarter technology, bold innovation, and refined craftsmanship. Today, Lenovo reveals the thin and light Yoga laptops that will offer up to the new 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics from consumer PCs recently launched, the 14-inch Yoga 9i, and also the 14-inch Yoga Slim 9i, the 14-inch Yoga Slim 7i Pro, the 13-inch Yoga Slim 7i, and the 14-inch and 15-inch Yoga 7i.

As an extension of the Project Athena innovation program, Lenovo and Intel continue to collaborate on the new Intel Evo platform, and together, are targeting verification of our new laptop designs to utilize the Intel Evo platform badge. Yoga is at the forefront of combining style, substance, and portability for the most discerning of consumers, and this smarter combination of laptop design, mobile processors, graphics, and artificial intelligence is optimized to work together in harmony.

Dynabook Reveals New Featherlight Laptops with 11th Gen Intel Core Processors and Iris Xe Graphics

Dynabook today announced two new laptops weighing less than one kilogram - the Portégé X30W-J and Portégé X30L-J. Both laptops will feature the 11th Gen Intel Core processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics engine to deliver speed, efficiency and discrete-level graphics. The Portégé X30W-J is part of Intel's Project Athena innovation program and targeted for design verification to utilize the Intel Evo platform badge.

"The launch of the Intel Evo platform is a significant milestone for the industry and embodies our own commitment to the evolution of device innovation to meet the requirements of the modern mobile professional," said Philip Osako, vice president, marketing and engineering, Dynabook Americas, Inc. "The Portégé X30W-J and Portégé X30L-J are great examples of our shared philosophies to provide users with everything professionals need for uninterrupted productivity, creativity and collaboration."

Acer Announces Availability of New Swift 5 and Swift 3; Swift 5 Verified as An Intel Evo Platform

Acer today announced the availability of the new Swift 5 and Swift 3 notebook models featuring new 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics. The new Acer Swift 5 notebook is one of the industry's first to be verified through Intel's Project Athena innovation program, as Intel Evo platform laptop design, and designed to deliver incredibly responsive mobile performance and immersive features that improve the overall experience, including instant wake, Intel Iris Xe graphics, vibrant displays and the latest in connectivity. In addition, it features an all-day battery that can be fast-charged, yielding four hours of use from only a 30-minute charge.

The Acer Swift 3 notebook designs are a part of Intel's Project Athena innovation program and targeting verification, pending further tuning, to utilize the Intel Evo platform badge. "The new Acer Swift notebook lines represent a substantial leap forward in performance, responsiveness and usability for our customers who are cultivating a unique blend of work, life and passion-projects on-the-go," said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. "Acer took meticulous care to ensure that all aspects of the design were elevated to match the best-in-class experience the Intel Evo platform provides to help our customers achieve more."

ASUS Unveils New Laptop Lineup with 11th Generation Intel Core Processors

ASUS today announced a full lineup of new and upgraded PCs at the Built for Brilliance virtual launch event, including laptops featuring the power of 11th Generation Intel Core processors and the debut laptop verified as an Intel Evo platform laptop design. Groundbreaking laptops in the lineup include ZenBook Flip S (UX371), the world's thinnest OLED convertible laptop and the first ASUS laptop to be verified on the Intel Evo platform; ZenBook S (UX393), world's thinnest and lightest 3:2 3.3K laptop; ZenBook 14 (UX435EA/EG), the world's smallest 14-inch laptop with ScreenPad; ZenBook 14 Ultralight (UX435EAL/EGL), the lightest 14-inch ZenBook, weighing as light as 980 g; ZenBook Pro 15 (UX535), the world's smallest 15-inch 4K OLED laptop; and ExpertBook B9 (B9400), the world's lightest 14-inch business laptop. The 2020 PC lineup incorporates ASUS and industry leading-edge solutions to provide ultimate productivity and user experiences.

"ASUS is known for leading PC design and innovation. Year after year, ASUS is the first to provide new PCs with each new Intel generation," said ASUS co-CEO Samson Hu in his opening remarks at the event. "This year's lineup of laptops creates new experiences for users by placing cutting-edge technology at their fingertips. By empowering users with the latest display, audio, software and network connection technology, ASUS delivers incredible innovations and changes the way users relate to their devices."

Intel 11th Gen Core "Tiger Lake" & Xe Graphics Launch Event: Live Blog

Intel today launches its 11th Gen Core "Tiger Lake" mobile processors that introduce several new technologies on the backs of new IP. As described in the Architecture Day, "Tiger Lake" is built on the 10 nm SuperFin process, and combines new "Willow Cove" CPU cores with the first commercial debut of the Xe Gen12 graphics architecture that Intel is betting big on, to make a stab at the consumer graphics and scalar compute markets. Join us in this live-blog.

Update 16:00 UTC: GB (Gregory Bryant, EVP Client), leads the event from the comfort of his home.
Update 16:04 UTC: Here it is, the "world's best processor for thin and light laptops. You'll notice that like most Intel U-segment chips, this is an MCM of the processor and PCH die. Intel bases its "world's best" claims on a per-segment basis.

Intel Launches World's Best Processor for Thin-and-Light Laptops: 11th Gen Intel Core

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.

Lenovo Reveals Smarter Innovation and Design with Holiday Consumer Notebook Lineup

Enjoy powerfully immersive entertainment and more productivity with this season's must-have tech devices that are more intuitive, packed with thoughtful design details, and oh so stylish. In time for great holiday gift giving, Lenovo is introducing a number of new premium consumer products aimed at enabling better, transformative user experiences including the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i laptop with genuine leather cover, the versatile Lenovo Yoga 9i1 2-in-1 convertible laptop, and the stylish and savage Lenovo Legion Slim 7i1 gaming laptop.

Organize your busy life with the bold innovation of our top-of-the-line consumer PC sub-brand, Lenovo Yoga, designed to deliver refined craftsmanship, Windows 10, and stunning visuals for consumers with sophisticated taste. This new class of slim laptops that includes the ultra-slim Yoga Slim 9i laptop and the new 14-inch Yoga 9i convertible, also with a genuine leather cover option, were engineered to provide exceptional portability and stunning looks without compromising productivity, performance or long-lasting battery life.

Intel "Willow Cove" Core, Xe LP iGPU, and "Tiger Lake" SoC Detailed

A lot is riding for Intel on its 11th Gen Core "Tiger Lake" system-on-chip (SoC), which will launch exclusively on mobile platforms, hoping to dominate the 7 W thru 15 W ultraportable form-factors in 2020, while eventually scaling up to the 25 W thru 45 W H-segment form-factors in 2021, with a variant that is rumored to double core-counts. The chip is built on Intel's new 10 nm SuperFin silicon fabrication node that enables a double digit percentage energy efficiency growth over 10 nm, allowing Intel to significantly dial up clock speeds without impacting the power envelope. The CPU and iGPU make up the two key components of the "Tiger Lake" SoC.

The CPU component on the "Tiger Lake" processors that launch in a few weeks from now features four "Willow Cove" CPU cores. Coupled with HyperThreading, this ends up being a 4-core/8-thread setup, although much of Intel's innovation is in giving these cores significant IPC increases over the "Skylake" core powering "Comet Lake" processors, and compared to the "Sunny Cove" cores powering "Ice Lake" a minor IPC (although major net performance increase from clock speeds). The "Willow Cove" CPU core appears to be a derivative of the "Sunny Cove" core, designed to take advantage of the 10 nm SuperFin node, along with three key innovations.

Apple Silicon Will Support Thunderbolt 4

Since Apple has announced its transition from Intel to its custom Apple Silicon processors, there has been quite a lot of speculations on what the new processors will bring. Just a few days ago, Intel announced the latest advancement of its Thunderbolt port in the form of Thunderbolt 4, which further advances the Thunderbolt standard with a heap of new features. Since Apple has decided to do away from Intel silicon, there has been a question whatever Apple will offer Thunderbolt 4 support on its Macs. And it seems like we don't have to wonder any further. In the statement below, which Apple spokesman gave to The Verge, the answer is loud and clear.
Apple spokesman for The Verge
Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon.

Intel Announces Thunderbolt 4: Universal Cable Connectivity for Everyone

Today, Intel revealed new details about Thunderbolt 4, the next generation of its universal cable connectivity solution, delivering increased minimum performance requirements, expanded capabilities and USB4 specification compliance. For the first time, Thunderbolt 4 will offer docks with up to four Thunderbolt ports and universal cables up to 2 meters in length. Intel's upcoming mobile PC processors, code-named "Tiger Lake," will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 4. Intel also announced the Thunderbolt 4 controller 8000 series, compatible with the hundreds of millions of Thunderbolt 3 PCs and accessories already available. Thunderbolt 4 developer kits and certification testing are now available.

"Thunderbolt provides consumers with a leading connectivity standard across a range of devices, helping to advance computing experiences and delivering on the promise of USB-C with simplicity, performance and reliability. The arrival of Thunderbolt 4 underscores how Intel is advancing the PC ecosystem toward truly universal connectivity solutions," said Jason Ziller, Intel general manager of the Client Connectivity Division.
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