What’s New With Intel Chips?

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Sep 29, 2022 by Ashley Groves

Most of us have either heard of, or perhaps already use Intel. Some of us have used Intel processors for the majority of our lives – either exclusively, or in conjunction with other manufacturers. That being said, have you heard that Intel has released a new generation?

That’s right. The 12th Generation has arrived and will be made available to the general public in January.  To make sure consumers are getting the quality they expect and deserve, Intel continues to test every chip it releases.  In addition to the 12th Gen Core and Pro cores, they’ve also released Evo – Intel’s highest quality of chips.

Evo cores undergo heavy testing, just like the rest of their brethren. However, Intel takes it a step further by making sure the laptops that use these chips are the best of the best. Each laptop manufacturer who wants an Evo core powering their products is required to put their designs through rigorous testing.

Military Grade Testing

In order to pass Military Grade Testing, each design must be able to survive and maintain functionality in strong heat, extreme cold, abrupt temperature fluctuations, drops onto hard surfaces, and inclement weather, such as rain. Although swimming with a laptop is still a ways off, it will be comforting to know that it will still work even if you spill your morning coffee on it.

Wake Up Calls Testing

The time it takes for a laptop to respond after being turned on is measured in “Wake Up Calls.” Intel sought the fastest response times from laptops with the Evo processor.

In order for users to rapidly begin working, they wanted the laptops to be in a sleeping state, receive a waking event (either from the lid opening or a button press), and be prepared for user identification in a timely manner. What does Intel expect of laptop wake up calls, you ask?

A fraction of a second.

You read that right. Intel has made it a priority to ensure that laptops using the Evo chip wake up within one second of being prompted.

Batter Life & Usage Testing

Intel expects laptops with their chips to be able to hold a nine-hour charge – a typical workday. This seems like the bare minimum for today’s world, however we are all familiar with how difficult it is to find a laptop that fits this criteria. Testing for this involves charging the laptop to it full capacity, unplugging it, and then continuously using it with several open applications until the power level hits a critical point. Testers employed common office tools such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, YouTube, Zoom, and more while attempting to keep their use-breaks to a minimum. To provide a fair test for all laptops, the Wi-Fi connections, OEM-configured Windows 10, and 250-nit LCD screen brightness on 1080p displays were all used as well.

Intel’s testers then examined how long the computers would last with just a 30-minute charge using the identical configurations. They would drain the battery completely, charge the laptop for thirty minutes while it was turned off, and then carry out the prior testing. The outcomes Intel desired?

A 30-minute charge would last for the whole four hours before running out of power.

In addition to all of that, Intel demands that laptops with Evo chips inside have a number of incredible features, including excellent camera and video quality, a requirement for light weight and slim thickness, support for Wake-On-Voice and high-quality audio, support for artificial intelligence, and specifications for a keyboard, touchpad, and stylus. Having said that, Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 4 are two additional specifications that Intel places on their Evo Platform.

In comparison to their previous Wi-Fi, Intel Wi-Fi 6 is four times better. It features 79% less latency and WPA3 security with three times more capacity than the previous generation.

As for Thunderbolt 4…

Have you ever wondered why, despite the fact that they all appear to be the same, your plug-ins and adapters only function on certain ports? That’s because each port is unique and serves a different purpose. There are normally twelve separate ports, each of which has a similar appearance but serves a different function or has a limited capacity for power intake and/or utilization. That issue is resolved with Thunderbolt 4. All twelve ports are supported by Thunderbolt 4 (including USB 3.2 and USB4 options). Intel requires this port to be utilized over the others.

Knowing this will prevent you from becoming frustrated with your Evo-chipped laptop and needing to contact technical assistance. Simple to use and available on all devices, Thunderbolt 4 provides 40Gb/s cables up to two meters in length. There are four connections accessible, allowing you to use numerous peripherals and up to two 4K screens while your laptop is still charging. It’s also worth noting that Thunderbolt 4 requires testing on all cables and comes with a mandatory certification.

While this may seem like a lot to ask of a core, it’s comforting to know that Intel is holding all of their laptop partners to such high standards when it comes to this unique core. To be fair, Intel has only approved roughly 30 partner designs due to the several hurdles that must be cleared in order to obtain an Evo core.

Intel Evo Laptops will have an Intel Evo Badge on the OEM systems, so you know exactly the kind greatness you are receiving.

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