Intel launched the Computex 2021 virtual trade show with a keynote presentation detailing the ongoing global pandemic, which has led to a massive surge in computer demand as people need to stay connected for communication, work, education and entertainment. In addition to enterprise updates and reaffirming the company’s commitment to Taiwan’s IT ecosystem, Intel executives have announced several new products, including their first 5G PC module, the Intel 5G Solution 5000. There are also two new, faster 11th Generation Tiger Lake Processors for thin and light laptops. Finally, on the front of the computer, Intel showed its future 12th generation “Alder Lake” processors works and works on desktops as well as laptop form factors.
Intel 5G Solution 5000 was developed in collaboration s MediaTek and Fibocom. It is designed for laptops and personal computers and can help increase demand for 5G networks, as well as increase connectivity for people who rely on cellular data rather than traditional wired Internet services. The partnership was announced in late 2019, following Intel’s own exit the 5G modem race earlier that year.
At this time Dell and HP have been identified as partners who are expected to be among the first to introduce laptops with a possible 5G solution, but now, Acer,, Asus and HP has confirmed that it is working on laptops that will be introduced this year. These laptops will be based on both the 11th generation Intel and H-series processor families, which shows that thin and light, as well as gaming or performance laptops with integrated 5G are under development. More than 30 laptops using this 5G modem and based on Tiger Lake as well as Alder Lake are expected to be launched by the end of 2022.
Implemented using the standard M.2 interface, but in a wider module than today’s SSDs, the 5G Solution 5000 should be able to be slotted into desktops and laptops based on Windows, Linux and even ChromeOS. Intel notes that it offers certification to carriers worldwide, with several telecommunications companies listed in North America, EMEA, APAC, Japan and Australia. Users will be able to connect to 5G NR networks as well as 4G LTE and 3G for backward compatibility. It supports below 6GHz 5G, and Intel claims up to 4.7 Gbps downloads and 1.25 Gbps upload speeds.
Tiger Lake’s two new processors are the Core i7-1195G7, which has a single-core turbo speed of up to 5GHz, and the Core i5-1155G7, which is rated to run at up to 4.5GHz. These slots are just above the existing Core i7-1185G7 and Core i5-1145G7 respectively. Both have 12-28W configurable TDP targets and both have integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. They will compete with AMD Ryzen 5000 processors in the series, and Intel claims to be a leader in gaming performance as well as performance. The new laptops based on these processors will be announced by OEMs this week.
Finally, Intel has shown environmental friendliness Acer Aspire Vero laptop, announced by Acer last week, which is made from recycled materials after consumption, as an example of its commitment to sustainability.