Intel Launches 12th Gen Alder Lake U And P Series CPUs For Ultralight Evo Laptops

Intel has been busy with its high performance Alder Lake-H processors in the mobile space for the CES unveil last month. The company is officially launching its Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-U lineups today. The product stack is 20 chips high and comprises low and ultra-low power mobile CPUs for the upcoming generation of thin and light laptops. The shipping will start next month.

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Intel has given us a look at the complete lineups, also a few other features not previously disclosed.
It has already been discussed that the Alder Lake-P stack stands six CPUs high. These are all 28W (UP3) models with a blend of P-cores and E-cores. At the top of the pile stands the Core i7-1280P with six P-cores clocked at 1.8GHz to 4.8GHz, eight E-cores clocked at 1.3GHz to 3.6GHz, and 24MB of L3 cache. The GPU portion has 96 EUs clocked at up to 1.4GHz.

Others mostly sport four P-cores and eight E-cores at varying clocks, save for the Core i3-1220P, which consists of two P-cores and eight E-cores, and 12MB of L3 cache and a 64 EU GPU.

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The Alder Lake-U lineup is divided equally between 15W (UP3) and 9W (UP4) models, including Pentium and Celeron (one each) in each tier. All 14 SKUs combine P-cores and E-cores, and the clock speeds also differ, going up to 4.8GHz.

Intel provided some extra details about the Wi-Fi 6E and DDR5 support, but we now know that both Alder Lake-P and the 15W Alder Lake-U models support up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB 3. x and 10 USB 2.x ports, two sets of four PCIe Gen4 lanes, and a dozen PCIe Gen3 lanes.

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Talking about the 9W Alder Lake-U stack, the lower power draw comes at the expense of some I/O. They support half as many Thunderbolt 4 ports (two), four USB 3.x ports, and six USB 2.x ports. You’re also looking at a single set of four PCIe Gen4 lanes and 10 PCIe 3.0 lanes. It¬†will also be fascinating to see how these new lower power Alder Lake CPUs stack up to AMD’s latest Ryzen 6000 Series.

Intel is also releasing the third edition of its Evo platform. Reportedly it offers intelligent collaboration, at least nine hours of battery life, instant wake time (less than 1 second, fast charging, and a few other interesting features.

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Intel says there are over 250 laptop models in the schedule this year, built around Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-U, including over 100 Evo designs.

Via HotHardware