AMD, Intel and NVIDIA Launch Consumer Chips at CES 2022


AMD today introduced a new line of laptop CPUs to be marketed as the Ryzen 6000 series. The company has said that customers can expect 11% faster performance compared to the previous generation Ryzen 5000 series, in part due because the chips are made using a six-nanometer process. At the architecture level, the Ryzen 6000 Series are based on an improved core design called Zen 3+. AMD claims that Zen 3+ includes power management features that allow speed levels to be adjusted more efficiently than previous designs.

Intel, meanwhile, unveiled 28 mobile processors, most notably the company’s new flagship CPU for laptops, the Core i9-12900HK, which Intel says is “the fastest mobile processor ever.”

The Core i9-12900HK can run certain creative applications up to 44% faster than its predecessor, Intel claims. Processing speed is 28% higher for sure video games. The performance of the Core i9-12900HK is provided by 14 integrated cores that Intel says can reach a maximum frequency of 5 GHz.

Like AMD, Intel focused primarily on the consumer market with its product announcements for CES 2022. But the company also took the possibility to provide an update on the work of its Mobileye division. Mobileye, which Intel bought for $15.3 billion in 2017, is a major supplier of processors and other components to the automotive sector.

The Intel subsidiary unveiled a five-nanometer chip dubbed EyeQ Ultra intended to power Tier 4 vehicles. A Tier 4 vehicle is capable of driving itself without any human intervention in most situations. The EyeQ Ultra can perform 176 trillion computing operations per moment, according to Intel, allowing the processor to deliver performance equivalent to 10 of Mobileye’s previous EyeQ5 vehicle chips.

Mobileye expects to ship the first EyeQ Ultra units to customers in late 2023. Mass production is expected to start in 2025.

NVIDIA also made announcements at CES 2022. The company unveiled improvements to its Omniverse design and simulation software along with a new flagship consumer GPU, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti provides 40 teraflops of performance to run specialized programs that GPUs use for graphics rendering. One teraflop equals one trillion calculations per second. The new GPU also provides 78 teraflops for ray tracing, a technique applications use to render realistic lighting effects, and Nvidia claims the chip also provides a hefty 320 teraflops of compute power for machine learning workloads.

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