At the virtual Computex 2021 trade show in Taiwan, Intel announced its new 5G module for laptops that it calls Intel 5G Solution 5000. It also presented two new 11th generation Core U series processors – Intel Core i7-1195G7 and i5-1155G7 – that we will see in thin and light laptop refreshes later this year.
INTEL 5G SOLUTION 5000
Intel 5G Solutions 5000 is an M.2 module and will serve as an easy way for manufacturers to add 5G support to their products. Intel says that the module has been certified for 5G use with carriers across the globe, and is said to deliver five times faster speeds as compared to its Gigabit LTE technology for laptops.
It will be available in more than 30 laptops by the end of next year, and in a few Acer, HP, and Asus laptops later this year itself. Since Intel already sold its modem business, the majority of it to Apple, the module has been designed in partnership with MediaTek and Fibocom. MediaTek developed the 5G modem for which Intel provided specifications, and Fibocom built the module and handled global certifications.
Intel’s new 11th gen CPUs for slim and light laptops are basically upgraded Core i7-1185G7 and i5-1135G7 from last year. These chips support Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and Intel claims 25% overall application performance over the competition. Chris Walker, corporate vice president and general manager of mobility client platforms at Intel commented:
“We’ve taken the world’s best processor for thin-and-light Windows laptops and made the experience even better with the addition of our two new 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics.”
The Core i7-1195G7 benefits from Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and its fastest core can go up to 5GHz, thus outperforming AMD’s top Ryzen 7 5800U processor. Comparing the performance between the two, Intel says, that its new Core i7-1195G7 is 93 % faster for video editing,136% faster for Adobe Lightroom Photo Merge, 98% faster for Adobe Premiere Pro Scene Detect, 82% faster for DaVinci Resolve, and 156% faster for Cyberlink Powerdirector.
The Core i5-1155G7 comes with a 2.5GHz base frequency and 4.5GHz Max single-core turbo frequency. It will be available in more than 60 laptops before year-end, including those from Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, and MSI. At Computex 2021, Intel also demoed its 12th gen Alder Lake for both Desktops and Laptops.
Alder Lake will be a significant update for laptops, as Intel will bring 10nm processors, PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 RAM to mobile versions.