Today, during its presentation ahead of CES, Intel showed off its next generation of mobile processors, codenamed Tiger Lake. It's the successor to Ice Lake, which was introduced last year, and that means it's based on the 10nm+ architecture.
While the company didn't go into specifics, it did promise improvements across the board to the CPU AI, and graphics performance. It mentions double-digit performance gains for the CPU, "massive" AI performance improvements, plus a "huge" leap in graphics performance thanks to the new Xe graphics architecture. Tiger Lake chips will also be the first ones to have built-in support for Thunderbolt 4, promising four times the throughput of USB 3. Intel briefly demoed a thin-and-light device running Warframe on integrated graphics with Tiger Lake.
These chips are expected to ship in devices later this year, and Intel also showed off its first motherboard for Tiger Lake, calling it the smallest motherboard of its kind that it's ever designed. The reduced size should allow for even smaller devices powered by the new chipset.
Intel's Xe graphics architecture is, however, not just for Tiger Lake, and the company once again mentioned its upcoming discrete graphics card, which is being referred to as DG1. While it didn't give any numbers or specs, the company did show off a machine running Destiny 2 on prototype hardware.
Unlike Tiger Lake, there's no indication of when the DG1 graphics card will come to market, though the GPU has previously been teased for a 2020 release.