Intel took advantage of Experience Day to announce features and names of available Intel EVO notebooks. He also emphasized sustainability projects and the importance of technology in the pandemic era.

“Social inequalities today pass through good connection, a good computer and good digital skills. Without it, in any context you remain cut off”. This is the harsh reality in the pandemic era highlighted by the School Director of the IC Foligno 2 Morena Castellani, who spoke atthe Intel Experience Day 2020. A reality that makes us understand more than any other proclaims the importance of technology in this historical moment.

Technology of which Intel is a leader, with the production of PC components, software and innovation. And that last year made a far-sighted move: it put people at the center, no longer the computer, promoting an innovation that involved sociologists and anthropologists in the development of PCs, as well as engineers and scientists. Now that the pandemic has forced us to carry out an unprecedented digital transformation, this detail proves to be important. As Nicola Procaccio, EMEA Territory Marketing Director and Country Lead Italy at Intel,points out, the theme is not only to generate data, but to preserve, process, analyze and derive from them useful information to make decisions.

It is the processing capacity that gives value to the user experience of users, companies and society.

Data that have allowed during this pandemic to put robots to work to sanitize contaminated surfaces in the health sector, to accelerate scientific research for the development of vaccines and to finance initiatives for the realization of innovative projects.

In 2019, Intel invested $16 billion in improved production and $13 billion in R&D.

To keep up with the very high demand for computers around the world, the company has increased production by 30%. It will depend on the supply chain and PC manufacturers getting PCs to the sales channels. Let’s see which PCs it is.

Next Generation Notebooks

Intel’s work has focused on Project Athenaproducts, coming to market under the Intel EVO brand. The first products with these CPUs have been on the market since September, in all the announcements have been twenty and by Christmas they should all arrive on sale.

As the name suggests, Athena is not a product but a project, started about two years ago. The products are developed in three large labs where Intel and 150 technology partners study ultra-low-power solutions to renew the consumer experience based on usage. Specifically, the use that aims to revolutionize this project is that of thedynamic user who works in motion all day,and who therefore needs a long autonomy and a reduced weight. That’s why all Intel EVO products are thin & light. Another peculiarity is the recovery from sleep mode in less than 1 second, which is equivalent to a leap forward in responsiveness of more than 40 percent compared to a product of 4 years ago.

Last but not least, fast charging:in 30 minutes the batteries accumulate enough charge to allow four hours of work.

The technical goodies

Much of the merits of Intel EVO products is due to the Lakefield processor (officially Intel Core of the 11th generation), thanks to which energy efficiency has been improved by 24% and standby consumption has been lowered by 90%. Its trump card is Foveros,the codename for the “3D die stacking” technology that allows chips to be stacked on top of each other, so as to increase functions while taking up less space.

In this way, increasingly compact and thin motherboards can be manufactured, installed in ultrathin products. The other important novelty is the Iris Xe graphics, which allows you to achieve almost three times higher performance than the previous generation.

Also on the front of discreet graphics there are important news. Deep Link was introduced, a frame software that is able to make the Xe Max processor and graphics work under the same hat. When they are combined in the same platform, it allows you to optimize the performance of the PC and benefit from some peculiar features. Thanks to deep learning, you get seven times faster speed than with tenth-generation CPUs with discrete graphics. An even greater benefit is obtained with encoding.

This is because you enable the Dynaminc Power Sharingfeature. Essentially, when the Xe Max is in idle mode it allocates more power resources to the CPU, which can increase performance by up to 20% more. Integrated graphics are no longer excluded when connecting the dedicated one: the two graphics can work together distributing the workload. AI allows you to combine inference and rendering on both GPUs to accelerate content creation workloads.

It is a critical point for the success of applications that take advantage of this hardware

functionality. Since we are talking about a software framework, developers can take action to efficiently distribute workloads between integrated and discrete graphics, significantly improving performance in content creation. Do not forget the functions of AI and deep learning, which thanks to new sets of instructions allow you to take advantage of the CPU and GPU for AI.

The latter is fundamental for example for upscaling, for the reduction of background noise and blurring of images during online meetings,at this time fundamental for work and study.

Intel EVO Certified Notebooks

Above we mentioned twenty Intel EVO certified notebooks at the time of presentation. They are the Acer Swift 3, Swift 5 and Porsche Design Acer Book RS, the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 (UX363) and ZenBook Flip S (UX371). Signed by Dell are the Inspiron 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 14 7000, XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 models.

Scrolling through the list are the Dynabook Portégé X30W-J, the Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 14.

The list of Lenovo proposals is the most substantial: ThinkPad X1 Nano, Yoga 7i (14″), Yoga 7i (15″), Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i. Msi Prestige 14 EVO, Razer Book and Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G close the exhibition.

A project for the environment

Intel also wanted to reserve a leading role for the environment in this event. Nicola Procaccio spoke in detail about Share Corporate Responsibility, announcing the objectives that the company has set itself to achieve by 2030.

The first is to achieve a net consumption of positive water, to use 100% renewable energy, to eliminate waste thrown into landfills and to reduce carbon emissions in absolute terms, despite the increase in production capacity. It also intends to accelerate the supply of raw materials responsibly, making sure that those from Africa do not finance armed groups in conflict. And it intends to advance the project of inclusiveness with an equal expansion of digital skills between women and men.

The journey has already begun: to date, Intel has saved 166 billion liters of water, reduced CO2 emissions by 33%, achieved a recycling rate of 93% globally and eliminated toxic waste destined for landfills.