Intel introduces low-power Alder Lake P and U-series
The company provides more details on its sub-28W laptop series.
At CES 2022 Intel revealed a lot of details on its 12th Gen Core H-Series which are designed for gaming and high-performance mobile computing. Although the company did confirm it will be releasing CPUs with lower power requirements, it wasn’t until today that Intel was ready to show the full details.
Alder Lake-P and U-Series, Source: Intel
Intel Alder Lake Mobile packages are divided into three power segments: 28W, 15W, and 9W. Those are the base power of the P-series, U15, and U9 series. Alder Lake-P series is using the same die as H-series, which means they are offering up to 14 cores (6+8) and 20 threads. Intel Alder Lake-P series include 28W SKUs, technically replacing Tiger Lake-H35.
With 28W base power, the P-series have a maximum TDP of 64W. Intel will be offering these series with 64, 80, and 96 Execution Units of built-in Xe-LP graphics. The U15 and U9 series, on the other hand, are designed for ultra-thin laptops. These SKUs will too feature up to 96 GPU units, however, the core count will be limited to 10 (up to 2 Performance and 8 Efficient cores).
Alder Lake-P and U-Series, Source: Intel
Alder Lake P/U series will support various memory types such as DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200, and LPDDR4X-4267. In terms of power, the P-series are defined between 28 to 64W, U15 are 15W to 55W and U9 are 9W to 29W (the latter is Maximum Turbo Power).
Intel Alder Lake Block Diagrams, Source: HardwareLuxx
In performance presentation footnotes, the company confirms that Core i7-1280P was running with fixed PL1 at 20W/28W and 35W, Core i5-1265U at 12W/15W/20/28W while Core i7-1195G7 at 12W/15W/20W and 28W. One should also mention that Alder Lake P SKUs were using LPDDR5-5200 memory whereas the Tiger Lake part was attached to LPDDR4-4267 memory.
Intel claims that its i7-1280P processor is up to 70% faster than 1195G7 in multi-threaded tests. Meanwhile, Core i5- 1265U is 20% faster according to the same chart.
Intel Alder Lake P/U series should become available in the coming weeks. The company promises as many as 250 designs based on this new architecture.
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Intel Expands Mobile Leadership, Brings Enthusiast Performance to Thin-and-Light Laptops
12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors will power more than 250 thin-and-light designs this year, including more than 100 new Intel Evo verified devices.
What’s New: Today, Intel expands the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor lineup with the official launch of 12th Gen Intel Core P-series and U-series processors. Engineered for blazing performance and superior productivity, these 20 new mobile processors will power the next generation of thin-and-light laptops. The first devices will be available in March 2022, with more than 250 coming this year from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, NEC, Samsung and others.
“Following our launch of the fastest mobile processor for gaming, we’re now expanding our 12th Gen Intel Core processor family to deliver a massive leap forward in performance for thin-and-light laptops. From the ultra-thin form factors to enthusiast-grade performance in a sleek design, we’re providing consumers and businesses with leadership performance and cutting-edge technologies.”
–Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms
About 12th Gen Intel Core Mobile Processors: Like the rest of the 12th Gen family, Intel’s newest mobile processors for thin-and-light designs are based on Intel’s performance hybrid architecture featuring a combination of Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores). From video calls to web browsing to photo editing, workloads are intelligently placed on the right core at the right time for optimal multitasking with Intel® Thread Director on Windows 11.
Taking full advantage of the performance per watt benefits of the Intel 7 process, new 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors for thin-and-light designs deliver:
- All-new core architecture with up to 14 cores (6 P-cores and 8 E-cores).
- Integrated Intel® Iris® Xe graphics with up to 96EU.
- Broad memory support for DDR5/LPDDR5 and DDR4/LPDDR4.
- Incredible scale with up to 70% faster multi-thread performance1.
- Nearly 2x performance for 3D rendering2 — ideal for creators on the go.
- Superior productivity performance with up to 30% faster photo editing3.
- Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) for improved wireless performance, responsiveness and reliability.
- Thunderbolt™ 4 for the fastest, simplest and most reliable cable solution to any dock, display or accessory4.
- Intel IPU 6.0 for high image quality and power efficiency for enhanced videoconferencing.
About Intel Evo, Third Edition: Under the new third-edition specification, laptop designs seeking the Intel® Evo™ badge will undergo the most intensive workloads to date, testing real-world conditions to ensure a superior videoconferencing experience in addition to exceptional responsiveness, instant wake, real-world battery life and fast charging. Intel Evo laptops with 12th Gen Intel Core are optimized for multitasking – all while maintaining great connectivity, image quality and sound on a multi-person video call.
Through deep co-engineering efforts with 150 ecosystem partners, more than 100 Intel Evo verified systems are expected this year, with systems for the first time including foldable displays and designs with 12th Gen Intel Core H-series.
Intel’s co-engineering and real-world testing expands to accessory partners this year through the Engineered for Intel Evo program. Expect additional Thunderbolt monitors, docks, storage and Bluetooth headsets to join the powerful lineup of accessories already in the program from Poly, Anker, Kensington, Dell, HP, Belkin, Samsung, Sabrent, OWC and others.
Microsoft’s Point of View: “The last two years have had a profound transformational impact across our lives with the PC playing a more meaningful role than ever. This is driving a new era of PC use,” said Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer at Microsoft. “With Windows 11 and the newest 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, expect next-level performance to empower productivity and inspire creativity.”
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