Intel launches 10th-gen core processors with enhanced AI, multimedia capabilities

Intel launches 10th-gen core processors with enhanced AI, multimedia capabilities
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2 Aug, 2019

California-based chipmaker Intel launched its line of 10th generation core processors. Codenamed Ice Lake, the processors are capable of handling advanced artificial intelligence tasks on personal computers.

Computer systems housing the first batch of processors from the latest line will be available in the market during the holiday season, according to a statement issued by Intel.  

The computer chips also feature Intel Iris Plus graphics card for better multimedia capabilities in full high-definition (1080p) and Intel WiFi 6 for faster wireless connectivity, the statement said. 

Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 platform, a plug-in port, which transfers data eight times faster than USB 3.0, will be compatible with the 10th generation Core processors. 

The newly-unveiled line comprises of the first processors built particularly for artificial intelligence (AI) processing on thin-and-light laptops and 2-in-1 computers, Intel said in a statement. 

The new line of computing chips show improved performance in processing AI, graphics and connectivity, the statement said. 

The processors are coded with Intel deep learning boost, an instruction set that facilitates the processing of neural networks to enable tasks such as automated image enhancements, photo-indexing and other effects. 

“With broad-scale AI for the first time on PCs, an all-new graphics architecture, all integrated onto the SoC (system-on-chip) thanks to Intel’s 10 nanometre process technology and architecture design, we are opening the door to an entirely new range of experiences and innovations for the laptop,” said Chris Walker, corporate vice president, Intel.

More processors from Intel’s newest line including its flagship business-centric range, the Intel vPro platform, are yet to be unveiled, the statement said. 

The Ice Lake processors drew upon developments made in the Project Athena Open Labs. The innovation programme was launched earlier this year and originally followed a framework specifically set out for PC manufacturers to follow in order to develop next-gen laptops. 

Intel had unveiled its second generation Intel Xeon processors and the Intel Optane DC memory and storage solutions earlier this year.