Intel has officially announced Wednesday its first 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors for laptop. will feature the company’s new integrated Xe graphics, Thunderbolt 4 support, Wi-Fi 6, and a big leap in performance and battery life over the previous Ice Lake chips. The new 11th Gen lineup is still built on the 10nm node, similar to the current 10th Gen Ice Lake models, but it upgrades to the Willow Core architecture with a new “10nm SuperFin design” that Intel says will offer better speeds at lower power consumption. The new integrated Xe graphics will offer up to twice the graphics performance. A demo shown during Intel’s announcement showed an 11th Gen chip offering similar or better graphics performance than a 10th Gen chip working simultaneously with an Nvidia MX350 GPU.
There’s also improvements to the built-in AI engine, which Intel says will offer specific improvements for video calls. Alongside the new chips, Intel is debuting a new iteration of its Project Athena certification standard, called “Intel Evo.” The idea is that users should be able to expect a high-quality machine whenever they see the Evo logo, guaranteed. At this time no independent Tiger Lake performance tests are available yet.