Intel’s Innovation 2022 keynote has just ended, which is titled by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. The live event was filled with some big announcements, tech demos, and small updates to Intel’s new vision for the future of its company — all filled with awkward moments from live tech events over the years.
The event comes just a week after Nvidia’s divisive GTC event and the same day as the launch of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 chips. PC hardware launch season is definitely here, and these announcements show Intel’s side of the story.
13th generation Raptor Lake is officially launched
Gelsinger announced the highly anticipated next generation of its consumer CPUs, the 13th-gen Raptor Lake chips. The flagship Core i9-13900K sits at the top of the stack with 24 cores and 32 threads, along with the promise of 5.8GHz clock speed and larger L2 and L3 cache sizes. Gelsinger says this chip delivers “the best gaming, streaming and recording experiences,” highlighting the improvements in both the performance core and efficiency core of the new hybrid architecture.
The number of performance cores has changed, and there are six more efficiency cores that have been added to improve multithreaded performance. In fact, there are twice the efficiency cores in the entire stack, with even the Core i5 model now having eight.
|Core i9-13900K||Core i7-13700K||Core i5-13600K|
|base clock speed||3GHz (P-core), 2.2GHz (E-core)||3.4GHz (P-core), 2.5GHz (E-core)||3.5GHz (P-core), 2.6GHz (E-core)|
|increase clock speed||up to 5.8GHz||up to 5.4GHz||up to 5.1GHz|
|max boost power||253W||253W||181W|
Gelsinger also indicated that a configuration of these chips will be revealed in 2023 that could hit 6GHz. Even mobile versions of these chips got a shout out, and they are likely to be announced at CES 2023 in January.
All these claims are, of course, mere claims, even if the specs are impressed on paper. With the Ryzen 7000 in the world and the critically beloved so far, the rivalry between these two companies has never been hotter, despite the fact that Intel didn’t mention its rival in the keynote. Instead, Gelsinger focuses on marching to the beat of a new song: “Moore’s Law is alive and well,” as he said from the stage. The 13th-gen Raptor Lake is just one more step in that forward momentum, so we’ll have to see how much of an improvement these chips really do when we’ve tested them ourselves.
samsung slideable display
In a surprise guest appearance, the flagships of Samsung Display took to the stage to show off an exciting new innovation in display technology: the slideable screen. We didn’t get many details, but the screen’s smooth glide was pretty impressive. It offers the same benefits as a foldable screen, but in a much more intuitive package for a device of this size. The slideable screen effectively turns a 13-inch screen into a 17-inch one, and even though the technology is still early, it’s still exciting to watch.
The foldable screen on phones has finally reached maturity with Samsung’s latest offerings, and in 2022, we’re finally seeing some of the innovation in mobile PC products, such as the ZenBook 17 Fold. Intel showing off future PC concepts has a history.
It was at an Intel event where the first foldable 17-inch OLED panel was showcased, and now the foldable display is leading the trend. This augurs well for Intel’s partnership with these companies that are pushing the boundaries of future display technology.
Arc A770 gets price and release date
After mentioning that graphics have always been Gelsinger’s passion, the CEO announced some availability details on his first gaming GPU, the Arc A770. It will be available starting October 12th for $329. The CEO did not call Nvidia by name, but Gelsinger did mention the rising cost of consumer GPUs in recent years, prior to the announcement.
It’s a pretty good message for what’s been a troubled launch so far for Intel’s first gaming card. With delay after delay, there are concerns that the GPU will still deliver the performance it should have initially hit. But with Nvidia’s focus on wildly expensive graphics cards that most people can’t afford, Intel may have found a way to slide in with lower-priced GPUs at the right time.
Gelsinger noted that the units are already up for review, so it will only be a matter of time before we get to see what these cards can really do.
Some love was also given to a new data center graphics card, the Data Center GPU Flex, as well as a high-performance computing (HPC) GPU, the Ponte Vecchio.
Integrates Intel Unison Phones and PCs
There have been several attempts over the years to better integrate smartphones and PCs, but none have been able to do what Apple has in its own ecosystem. However, Intel Unison is promising. It’s completely platform-agnostic, meaning that both Android and iOS are fully supported, a hangover of attempts from Microsoft or device makers to resolve or integrate devices in the past.
Intel didn’t go into all the details, but Unison will give your PC access to phone calls, photos, notifications, and messages from your mobile device. Unfortunately, as of now, it will only be supported on newly qualified Intel Evo devices. That means only on laptops, and not on older devices. It also counts multiple form factors, including gaming laptops and high-performance machines. These should definitely be fully updated Windows 11 PCs, and so far, Intel has only mentioned Acer, Asus and Lenovo as partners. Intel says there’s more to come, but we’ll have to wait and see how widespread adoption is from future laptops.
Linus Torvalds Wins Innovation Award
To end the incident, Gelsinger brought Linus Torvalds on stage. He asked Torvalds about the start of his old software engineering career, with Gelsinger emphasizing Intel’s commitment to the open-source ecosystem and platform. Torvalds was then awarded the first Intel Innovation Award for his lifetime achievement in the industry.
Torvalds does not make many public appearances, commenting that he himself is not a one-man person, making his appearance at the event particularly notable.