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Intel Innovation 2022: 13th generation chips, sliding screens and everything else | Digital Trends Spanish


The keynote conference Intel Innovation 2022 just ended, spearheaded by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. The live event was packed with big announcements, tech demos, and smaller updates on Intel’s new vision for the future of their company.

The event comes just a week after Nvidia’s divisive GTC event, and on the same day as the launch of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 chips. PC hardware release season is definitely here.

The 13th generation Raptor has been officially launched

Gelsinger announced the highly anticipated next generation of its consumer CPUs, the 13th generation Raptor Lake chips. The flagship Core i9-13900K sits at the top of the stack with 24 cores and 32 threads, as well as promises of up to 5.8GHz clock speeds and larger L2 and L3 cache sizes. Gelsinger says that this chip offers the “best gaming, streaming, and recording experience,” highlighting the improvements to both the performance cores and the efficiency cores 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 as many Efficiency cores in the entire stack, and even the Core i5 model now has eight.

Gelsinger even hinted that a configuration of these chips will come out in 2023 that can reach 6GHz. Even the mobile versions of these chips received recognition, and are likely to be announced at CES 2023 in January.

Samsung slider screen

A foldable screen shown at Intel Innovation.

In a surprise guest appearance, the head of Samsung Display took the stage to show off an exciting new innovation in display technology: the slider screen. We didn’t get much detail, but the smooth swipe of the screen was pretty impressive. It offers many of the same benefits of a foldable screen, but in a much more intuitive package for a device of this size. The sliding screen effectively turns a 13-inch screen into a 17-inch one, and even if this technology is still early, it’s exciting to see.

Foldable screens in phones have finally come of age with Samsung’s latest offerings, and in 2022, we’re finally seeing some of that innovation come to mobile PC products, like the Zenbook 17 Fold. There is a history of Intel showcasing futuristic PC concepts.

It was at an Intel event that the first 17-inch foldable OLED panel was demonstrated, and now this slider display is furthering the trend. It bodes well for Intel’s partnerships with these companies that are pushing the limits of futuristic display technology.

Arc A770 gets price and release date

After mentioning that graphics has always been a passion for Gelsinger, the CEO announced some availability details about his first gaming GPU, the Arc A770. It will be available starting October 12 for $329. The CEO didn’t call Nvidia by name, but Gelsinger prefaced the announcement by mentioning the rising cost of consumer GPUs in recent years.

It’s a great post for what has been a troubled launch so far for Intel’s first gaming card. With lag after lag, there have been concerns that the GPU is still falling short of the performance it was initially supposed to achieve. But with Nvidia’s attention focused on wildly expensive graphics cards that most people can’t afford, Intel may have found a way to slip in with a lower-priced GPU at the right time.

Gelsinger mentioned that the units are now available to reviewers, so it will only be a matter of time before we get to see what these cards can actually do.

Some love was also given to a new data center graphics card, the Data Center GPU Flex, as well as the high performance computing (HPC) GPU, Ponte Vecchio.

Intel Unison integrates phones and PCs

List of Intel Unison features.

There have been many attempts to better integrate smartphones and PCs over the years, but none that have been able to duplicate what Apple has in its own ecosystem. Intel Unison, however, is promising. It is completely platform independent, meaning both Android and iOS are fully compatible, which has been an issue with attempts to resolve or unify devices from Microsoft or device manufacturers 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, from now on, it will only be compatible with eligible new Intel Evo devices. That means laptops only, and not older devices. That also accounts for many form factors, including gaming laptops and high-performance machines. These must be fully updated Windows 11 PCs, of course, 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 of future laptops is.

Linus Torvalds wins the Innovation Award

To close the event, Gelsinger brought Linus Torvalds onstage. He asked Torvalds about his early career in software engineering history, with Gelsinger emphasizing Intel’s commitment to open source platforms and ecosystems. Torvalds received 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 very popular person, which makes his presence at the event particularly notable.

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