The end of another decade in the new millennium is a significant milestone in the 21st Century, also known as the Information Age. For PC users, this means a new era of computing is just on the horizon, and the folks at Intel have just the thing for it.
This week marks the launch of Intel’s new 10th-Gen Intel Core Ice Lake Processors to up the ante for all upcoming PCs and laptops.
The Ice Lake CPUs are the first purpose-built processors for AI on slim laptops and 2-in-1s. As the PC and laptop landscape moves over to AI, Intel has adapted to the changing tides, and as such the new CPUs will support a host of AI-infused apps on newer laptops.
The new AI-enhanced features that come with the 10th-Gen Ice Lake CPUs are:
- Intel Deep Learning Boost – a new, dedicated instruction set which accelerates neural networks on the CPU for maximum responsiveness. This feature would be helpful in instances such as automatic image enhancements, photo indexing, and creating photorealistic effects.
- Up to 1 teraflop of GPU engine compute for sustained, high-throughput inference applications like video stylisation, analytics and real-time video resolution upscaling.
- Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (GNA) delivers a dedicated engine for background workloads such as voice processing and noise suppression at ultra-low power for maximum battery life.
Aside from being supercharged in the AI department, the Ice Lake GPUs also supplement Intel Iris Plus graphics, which enhance the likes of 1080p gaming and 4K video editing to even greater heights.
Intel has also decided to overhaul its naming structure for processors, starting with the Ice Lake GPUs:
- U-Series example: Intel Core i7-1068G7
- Y-Series example: Intel Core i7-1060G7
The new 10th-Gen Intel Core Ice Lake processors are definitely a step forward for all of PC users. It all boils down now to cost/performance for the average user and how they are able to fend off the efforts of a resurgent AMD.
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