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Intel launches 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, vision processing unit and more

By Aaron Yip & Vijay Anand - on 7 Jan 2023, 7:17am

Intel launches 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, vision processing unit and more

Note: This article was first published on 4 January 2023.

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Intel has just unveiled its 13th generation Intel Core mobile processors at CES 2023 based on the Rapor Lake processor architecture. This includes the new flagship Intel Core i9-13980HX, the first true 24-core processor for laptops. This easily supersedes the previous best 12th Gen Core HX processor, the 16-core Core i9-12950HX. The new HX-series processors offer a turbo frequency of up to 5.6GHz, the highest clock speed available for laptops, and are aimed at serious gamers and creators looking for a true mobile workstation equivalent powerhouse. These record-breaking figures all add to the processor's big uplift over a similar generation from last year. A total of 9 variants of the HX class processors are available from Core i5 to Core i9 tiers, all with the same rated TDP of 55W (but can be boosted to 157W via Intel Turbo Boost). There are even vPro compatible editions in each tier. 

13th Gen HX series configurations. Click to view a larger image. (Image source: Intel)

The HX class processors are, of course, designed to be paired with powerful discrete graphics to really unleash the platform's capability through a PCIe 5.0 x16 interface directly from the CPU. Nevertheless, they still pack a basic graphics engine with 32 execution engines to take advantage of Intel-specific advantages such as the integrated GPU's video decoder to keep processing cycles low. Here's a good overview of the platform connectivity options and support:-

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The new H, P and U-Series

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Moving a rung down is the new 13th Gen Core H-series that's specced for 45W TDP but can boost up to 115W via Turbo Boost. The H-series processors were the original high-powered processor models for those with intense workloads but not necessarily needing high-powered discrete graphics. However, it boasts the strongest integrated GPU offering with up to 96 execution engines through the new Intel Iris Xe Graphics engine and offers features such as endurance gaming and XeSS Super Sampling.

13th Gen H series configurations. Click to view a larger image. (Image source: Intel)

The 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processor family also includes the 28W P-series and 15W U-series processors, which are designed for those who want high performance on the go in thin, sleek systems. These processors feature up to 14 cores, with six Performance-cores and eight Efficient-cores, as well as enhanced Intel Thread Director technology. Intel Evo designs built on these processors will also offer longer real-world battery life.

13th Gen P series configurations. Click to view a larger image. (Image source: Intel)

13th Gen U series configurations. Click to view a larger image. (Image source: Intel)

 

A discrete co-processor for AI acceleration

Intel has also announced that select designs based on its 13th-generation Intel Core mobile processors will feature the discrete Intel Movidius vision processing unit (VPU). This VPU was co-engineered with Microsoft to improve AI performance in tasks such as professional-grade collaboration and streaming, allowing the CPU and GPU to be freed up for other workloads or multitasking. 

(Image source: Intel)

 

New entry-level compute

Lastly, Intel has introduced the N-series family of products, which includes the new Intel Core i3 and is designed for educators, students, entry-level computing, and IoT edge applications. These products feature new Efficient-cores built on the Intel 7 process technology and offer up to 28 per cent better application performance and 64 per cent better graphics performance compared to the previous generation, as well as extended connectivity with ultra-fast Intel Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) and Bluetooth 5.2. The N-series processors are suitable for both desktop and laptop deployment for this sector as they've very low power draw.

13th Gen N series processor configurations. Click to view a larger image. (Image source: Intel)

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