What are the benefits of Intel’s latest technology?
Intel’s 11th Generation processors codenamed “Rocket Lake” comes with an array of enhancements, which include Processor core architecture with IPC improvements, Enhanced Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel Xe graphics architecture, up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes, up to DDR4-3200 support and Enhanced media (10bit AV1, 12bit HEVC, E2E compression).
In this blog, Captec’s Applications Engineer, John Hare, reviews the Intel 11th generation update and how it will enhance industrial applications.
1. Processor core architecture with IPC improvements
Rocket Lake features a 19% instruction per cycle (IPC) improvement. This is coupled with increased clock speeds throughout the range.
Intel’s latest offering is a final showing for the 14nm process. They have back ported the 10nm chips to the 14nm process to keep clock speeds high and provide IPC improvements.
The result is increased clock speeds up to 5.3GHz which will in turn offer increased performance over previous generations.
2. Enhanced Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel Xe graphics architecture
Intel’s performance 12th-gen Xe graphics offers increased performance over the previous generation iGPU in Comet Lake.
Rocket lake sees the debut of Intel’s performance 12th-gen Xe graphics. This integrated graphic’s solution now supports higher resolutions thanks to additional execution units (EU).
There were previously 24 EU’s in Comet Lake CPU’s. This has now risen to 32 EU’s and now supports both 10-bit AV1 and 12-bit HEVC encoders that support up to 4K60 12b and hardware-accelerated AV1 encode support for 4K60 10b.
This is made possible by the increased die size allocated to iGPU by intel.
3. Up to 20 CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes
Rocket lake is the first Intel Core i processors that will support the PCIe Gen 4.0 interface. This offers double the bandwidth available from the previous PCIe Gen 3 interface. This also comes with additional PCIe lanes as a result, 20 in total.
This will allow the utilization of the latest GPU’s that can make use of the new interface with additional lanes available to run the latest PCIe Gen 4.0 storage modules to provide lightning-fast storage solutions where required.
4. Up to DDR4-3200 support
Another feature of this Generation is the increased throughput offered as a result of the higher memory clock speeds that are now supported by the improved memory controller. This new memory controller can run the DDR4 memory at 3200MHz for increased memory bandwidth to allow better performance in multi-threaded workloads.
5. Enhanced media (10bit AV1, 12bit HEVC, E2E compression)
11th Generation Intel supports both 10-bit AV1 and 12-bit HEVC encoders that support up to 4K60 12b and hardware-accelerated AV1 encode support for 4K60 10b.
What does this mean for industries?
This Intel update will enhance industrial computing for businesses globally, providing powerful computing for a variety of applications.
These improvements give the end-user access to the latest technology, delivering the ability to handle complex tasks as well as the day-to-day activities, faster, and more reliably.
Thank you for reading.
John Hare, Applications Engineer, Captec Ltd.
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