Intel was very popular with the launch of the first 11th Gen Tiger Lake H-series processors for more powerful notebooks in early May, but will announce a pair of new U-series chips at Computex 2021. The first 5.0 GHz clock speed for the U-series lineup of low-voltage chips.
In particular, Intel is announcing the Core i7-1195G7, a new top-of-the-line chip in its U-series family, and the Core i5-1155G7, which takes the crown of Intel’s most powerful Core i5-level chip.
Like the original 11th generation U-series chips, the new chips operate in the 12W to 28W range. Both new chips are in 4-core/8-thread configurations and feature Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics (Core i7-1195G7 comes with 96 EUs and Core i5-1155G7 has 80 EUs).
The Core i7-1195G7 has a base clock speed of 2.9 GHz, but uses Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology to deliver single-core speeds of up to 5.0 GHz. The Core i5-1155G7, on the other hand, has a base clock speed of 2.5 GHz and a boost speed of 4.5 GHz. Reaching 5 GHz is a fairly recent development for laptop CPUs. Duration: Intel’s first notebook processors to cross 5 GHz were released in 2019.
Along with the new processor, Intel has announced a new M.2 card that device manufacturers can incorporate into their designs, called the Intel 5G Solution 5000, a 5G modem solution for their latest laptops. The smartphone 5G division to Apple and Intel continue to work in other areas of the next-generation connectivity standard.)
The new modem is a collaboration between Intel, Mediatek (which is handling the modem firmware) and Fibocom (which is actually manufacturing the module), which will provide sub-6GHz 5G support and integrated eSIM technology. Intel says Acer, Asus and HP will all offer notebooks that combine Intel’s Tiger Lake chips with the new 5G Solution 5000 cards later this year.