US semiconductor giant Intel launched its 12th Gen Intel Core Processors this week, better known as Alder Lake processors this week, a project the company is calling its “most ambitious” of the past decade. The processors include what the company calls the world’s best gaming processor, the Core i9 12900K.
The new processor lineup was developed over three years by 1,000 engineers at Intel Israel, alongside other Intel development groups worldwide. Touted as a “blue & white” product (the colors of Israel’s national flag), Alder Lake is expected to be present everywhere, including the most remote spots on earth, an announcement from Intel said.
The Alder Lake processors are designed for Windows, Linux, and Chrome operating systems. According to Marketshare, these operating systems account for 91 percent of the global PC market.
Intel said that the new processors will be found inside billions of computers globally, revolutionizing the PC industry and the gaming market.
Ran Berenson¸ VP at Intel Core & Client Development Group, oversees 2.000 engineers, half of whom helped develop Alder Lake and its computing core. He projects that Intel will derive tens of billions of dollars in revenues from the Alder Lake lineup over the coming decade.
“We are confident Alder Lake will feature prominently in the computing market as hundreds of millions of people choose it for their systems over the coming years. Alder Lake represents Israel’s largest-ever chip hardware development project. We expect it to sell in the largest quantities, more than any other ‘Blue & White’ product launched to date,” he said.
The launch “includes the first desktop processors in the lineup. We will follow with Alder Lake processors for laptops and business users. I am immensely proud of all Intel Israel’s development groups that participated in this extraordinary project. With Intel dominating 80 percent of the global computer market, it is thrilling to see the processors developed in Israel sustaining, even reinforcing this trend,” he added.
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The new 12th Gen Core processor family includes the world’s best gaming processor, the Core i9 12900K, which the company said enables the highest level in all of today’s top gaming titles. It provides a maximum turbo speed of up to 5.2 GHz and comes with up to 16 cores and 24 threads while featuring the Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6W. These and other functionalities dramatically cut the time gamers’ waiting times when they play or work on several apps concurrently. In addition, the lineup’s flagship processor offers up to 36 percent higher image editing speed and up to 81 percent faster video editing. It is optimized for the TikTok and YouTubers’ age, where many surfers also engage in content creation.
The performance core provides the topmost CPU performance ever developed by Intel, providing a giant stride in CPU performance. Intel says the new performance level sets the standard for the next decade of computing. The performance core was designed by Adi Yoaz, Core CPU Chief Architect, and his core development team at Intel Israel.
“On top of providing the foremost performance ever designed by Intel, Alder Lake’s performance cores also represent the largest performance leap in over a decade,” Yoaz said. “The smaller cores, too, provide significant value to users as they assume responsibility for the computing tasks running in the background (such as scanning for viruses) while the performance cores direct their attention to heavy application workloads (such as graphics-intensive games). In this way, the smaller cores help the user perform several tasks simultaneously, saving the stronger cores needed to participate in every computing task.” Intel says the combination of the two core types is remarkably efficient and crucial for modern work, which is characterized by multitasking.
The two cores inside the processor collaborate in a hybrid manner. Companies radiationally use “hybrid” to describe the ability to extract maximum work hours from the battery or kilometers from a fuel tank, often resulting in a performance tradeoff. By contrast, Intel uses “hybrid” to describe a different concept, similar to Formula-1 racecars that use hybrid technology to achieve top performance with more powerful engines and electric power to accelerate through a turn. In other words, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors represent the high-performance hybrid cars we built for computing,” explains Arik Gihon, CPU SoC HW Architecture Lead at Intel Israel.
Intel also has announced a new collaboration with Google where Google will use Intel’s Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) data center to meet more needs of developers by developing and optimizing Google’s center, too. Google will replace processors freed for dedicated processing tasks and be the first company to use the new chip.