Intel ‘Alder Lake’ 12th generation laptop and desktop CPUs announced, Evo platform updated at CES 2022


Intel has its full line of ‘Alder Lake’ laptop CPUs of the 12th series for mainstream thin-and-light devices due to be launched later this year. The new product line brings Intel’s hybrid architecture with heterogeneous cores to laptops. The company says its new flagship CPU, the Core i9-12900HK, is “the fastest mobile processor ever” and “the world’s best mobile gaming platform.”

The new Core i9-12900HK processor announced at CES 2022 has six P-cores (performance) with Hyper-Threading and eight E-cores (efficiency) for a total of 20 threads. The maximum turbo frequencies are 5 GHz and 2.5 GHz for each core set. There is 24MB of L3 cache and although the base power is 45W it can go up to 115W. The integrated Intel GPU has 96 execution units. Intel claims up to 28 percent better performance in games compared to the Core i9-11980HK.

This flagship CPU is joined by the Core i9-12900H, Core i7-12800H and Core i7-12700H with the same core numbers. In the list, the Core i7-12650H has six P-cores and only four E-cores. The Core i5-12600H and Core i5-12500H also have four P-cores with eight E-cores, and finally the Core i5-12450H has four of each type.

Intel will target mainstream thin-and-light laptops with a new tier in the P-Series designed to run between 45W and 64W. Six models from the new Core i7-1280P to the Core i3-1220P will have six, four or two P-cores with eight E-cores and integrated graphics with 64 to 96 EUs. The U series models include Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium Gold, and Celeron chips that operate between 9W and 29W or 15W and 55W. These models have either one or two P-cores with either four or eight E-cores and are geared towards ultra-portable form factors, including foldable and fanless devices running Windows or Chrome OS.

The Alder Lake generation uses the ‘Golden Cove’ architecture for P-cores and ‘Gracemont’ for E-cores. Chips are manufactured using the Intel 7 (10nm) process. Intel has developed a new scheduler called Thread Director that works with Windows 11 to optimize the workloads for the heterogeneous core types.

Platform level support includes DDR5 RAM up to 4800MT / s or LPDDR5 with some SKUs, AI acceleration, AV1 media decoding, Wi-Fi 6e, USB 3.2 Gen2x2, and Thunderbolt 4.

In addition, Intel also has its non-overclockable desktop CPU series with a 12 socket. The 65 W models are supplied with new, newly designed Intel laminar coolers with RGB-LED lighting effects for high-end models.

In addition to these CPUs, new mainboards based on the platform controllers H670, B660 and H610 from Intel will be available from leading manufacturers such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock.

Intel Evo Laptop Design Certification, the public name for Intel’s Project Athena Initiative, has been updated with a third generation specification. For the first time, devices with a foldable display will be there. According to Intel, over 100 new designs based on 12th generation core CPUs will be launched by laptop manufacturers. More powerful models with H-series processors will also be included. The Intel Evo logo guarantees certain design and performance parameters such as display quality, battery life, weight, connectivity and charging speed. In addition, a new “Engineered for Intel Evo” program has been launched to certify Bluetooth and Thunderbolt accessories.

The Intel vPro platform, which enables businesses to remotely manage and secure large PC deployments, is getting new Enterprise and Essentials tiers to suit both large and small businesses. Desktops with vPro-enabled CPUs also receive a set of Project Athena Design and Performance Goals that aim to modernize workspaces for security, privacy and sustainability.

Check out the latest from the Consumer Electronics Show on Gadgets 360 in our CES 2022 hub.


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