Intel officially launches ‘most significant’ chip line in Israel

Intel officially launched its 12th-generation Intel Core processors, codenamed Alder Lake, on Wednesday designed primarily in Israel and based on a hybrid architecture for PC users.

Intel called the new line one of the “most important architectural innovations in a generation” when The Times of Israel previewed the processors two months ago.

Alder Lake is Intel’s smartest client system-on-chip (SoC) architecture, according to the announcement, featuring a combination of efficient cores and performance cores for faster, better-performing PCs. Alder Lake’s mobile chips are also in the works. It includes “the world’s best gaming processor,” the Core i9 12900K, which Intel said was “the most powerful gaming performance enhancement Intel has ever achieved.”

“We are very proud to share this product with the world. It’s a great development and the first customer product that really takes two very complex cores and combines them into the product known as Alder Lake, ”Guy Shalev, Alder Lake desktop processor design manager, told The Times of Israel in August. .

Raja M. Koduri, chief architect and senior vice president of Intel’s architecture, graphics and software division, provided a clever analogy between the Alder Lake design and that of hybrid cars during an internal presentation.

“The fastest racing cars in the world, like those in Formula One, use hybrid technology to achieve maximum performance. In addition to conventional turbocharged engines that give them top speed and enough range to reach the finish line with a tank of fuel, they add electrical power to get them out of corners with acceleration that cannot be achieved with conventional engines. ” said.

Alder Lake is a high-performance hybrid processor based on two cores that are activated according to the applications that are running, he explained, adding that “it will delight billions of PC users.”

A team of roughly 1,000 Israeli engineers worked on Intel’s new processors, called Alder Lake, in October 2021 (Ohad Palik).

The Alder Lake chips are powered by Intel Thread Director technology, a type of controller embedded in the hardware that will enable the upcoming Windows 11 operating system to better manage active and background workloads and tasks on PCs. Complete 12th Gen Core processors consist of 60 types of processors built into more than 500 computer designs.

The line was developed over three years by about 1,000 engineers from Intel Israel, along with development groups around the world.

The processors will allow PC users to scale their workloads – watch a video, type, search, run software, play games – while saving power and offering better performance, Shalev explained. And with roughly 80 percent of the world’s PCs built with Intel processors (based on internal data), this technology will benefit billions of people around the world.

“Any task you choose [as a user] you will get the best possible return, ”Shalev said.

An Intel building in Jerusalem, on May 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

Ran Berenson, vice president of the Intel Core and Client Development Group, who oversaw the engineers working at Alder Lake, said in a statement Wednesday that he believes Intel will generate billions of dollars in revenue from Alder Lake over the next decade.

“We are confident that Alder Like will be prominent in the IT market as hundreds of millions of people choose it for their systems in the years to come. Alder Lake represents Israel’s largest chip hardware development project. We expect it to sell in the largest quantities, more than any other ‘blue and white’ product released to date, ”he said.

“I am immensely proud of all the Intel Israel development groups that participated in this extraordinary project. With Intel dominating 80% of the world computer market, it is exciting to see that processors developed in Israel maintain, and even reinforce, this trend, “he added.

Intel partners with Google

Intel also announced a new partnership with Google on Wednesday, under which the two multinational giants will work together to develop and optimize a new-class chip for the cloud computing market.

The chip, called Mount Evans, is an infrastructure processing unit (IPU), a programmable network device designed to enable cloud and communication service providers to reduce overhead and free up performance for central processing units (CPUs). It will enable “cloud operators to shift to a fully virtualized storage and network architecture while maintaining high performance and predictability, as well as a high degree of control,” the company said when it first published. Announced the IPU in June.

Intel cited investigate from Google and Facebook which has shown that between 22% and 80% of CPU cycles can be consumed by microservices workload.

According to the partnership, Google will use Mount Evans and further develop the chip to meet the application needs of developers in Google’s data centers.

“The agreement between the two companies makes Google the first company to use Intel’s new chip, which is exceptionally important for the enterprise and enterprise market, mainly cloud infrastructure providers,” said Intel.

Mount Evans was developed by Intel’s data center communication group, which employs 450 engineers in Israel, as well as hundreds more around the world.

Intel is Israel’s largest private employer with 14,000 workers: 7,000 development workers in all Intel development centers, 4,900 production workers, and 2,100 employees in Mobileye, Moovit and Havana Labs, Israeli companies that Intel acquired in recent years. .

Currently, the company has three major development centers located in Haifa, Petah Tikva and Jerusalem, and an advanced chip manufacturing plant in Kiryat Gat, which is expanding.

Global competition

Intel’s official launch of Alder Lake comes at a time when competition among global chipmakers is intensifying as they strive to make custom chips to boost computer systems performance amid a global semiconductor shortage. . There are billions of chips that are used for everything from phones and laptops to cars and cloud computing, making them the engine of the tech industry. But manufacturers can’t do much without a constant supply of them.

In July, The Times of Israel reported how tech giants in the semiconductor space are betting on everything in Israel, where they are betting on the best local talent to fuel their efforts.

Intel, along with multinational giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Nvidia, have been establishing or expanding their chip design operations in Israel, cementing the country’s position as a silicon workhorse alongside its Startup Nation status.

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