19 January 2022
Intel has officially revealed the new 12th Gen Intel Core P-series and U-series processors for notebooks. These belong to the same Alder Lake family that first debuted for PCs last year. It says that performance thin-and-light notebooks will be powered by the 28W P-series CPUs and modern thin-and-light notebooks will feature 15W or 9W U-series processors.
These new chips are based on the same Intel 7 process as other members of the family. You will also see the new performance hybrid structure featuring up to 14 cores i.e. six P-cores (Performance cores) and eight E-cores (Efficient cores). There are integrated Intel Iris X graphics with up to 96EU. It supports both DDR5/LPDDR5 and DDR4/LPDDR4 memories.
Intel is claiming up to 70% multi-thread performance improvement and twice the performance for 3D rendering. It adds that photo editing will also get about 30% faster with the new chipsets. In terms of connectivity, the new chips will support WiFi 6E and Thunderbolt 4 ports. It features Intel IPU 6.0 for high image quality and power efficiency for enhanced video conferencing.
The all-new 12th Gen Intel Core P-series and U-series processors will debut on over 250 notebooks this year alone. Its partners include Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, NEC, and Samsung among others. The first machines powered by new chipsets will start debuting in March 2022.
Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and GM of Mobility Client Platforms said,
"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.”