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The industries of the future rely on graphics, adaptability, and manageability today

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The industries of the future rely on graphics, adaptability, and manageability today 


Transformation over the last two years has fundamentally changed how we use technology to interact with the world around us. As we become an increasingly digital society, there’s never been greater demand for flexibility or agility. Solving industry challenges means looking at the core of what we do and how we do it: with compute. 

So today, we’re pleased to introduce the 12th Gen Intel® Core Processor. 

In a class all their own, 12th Gen Intel® Core Processors combine the performance profile of the 12th Gen series mobile processors with the LGA socket flexibility of 12th Gen series desktop processors, delivering Intel’s performance hybrid architecture.  

Intel knows that AI, IoT, Edge, and top-tier graphics aren’t just differentiators across businesses, but a prerequisite for success today and into the future. This new product line is opening up new avenues across IoT, and Edge device use cases with improved AI and graphics with low-power compute.  

We’ve created a processor capable of addressing market challenges, enabling industry-forward solutions for retail, manufacturing, hospitality, education, and more.  


Solving for the industry challenges of today and tomorrow 

12th Gen Intel® Core Processors create unprecedented value across industries like retail, healthcare, and manufacturing, improving both capital and operational costs for businesses. 

Over the pandemic, we’ve seen seismic staffing shortages, especially apparent in the retail and hospitality industries, including stores and restaurants. When creating 12th Gen Intel® Core processors, we knew adaptability and manageability could help consolidate workloads at the edge. 

For instance, we’ve all grown familiar with the self-checkout kiosks. Now with improved graphics and AI inferencing capabilities in the 12th Gen Intel® Core Processor, self-checkout kiosks can be extended to mitigate product loss for retailers. POS systems are able to detect unusual sales transactions, like a case of water forgotten on the bottom shelf of a cart, and notify the shopper to scan their item before completing their purchase.  

Yet, integration is often difficult for the two-thirds of all stores and restaurants with 10 or less locations. And for a smaller staff with limited IT experience, time setting up new technology could detract from vital store merchandising. The 12th Gen Intel® Core Processor can consolidate devices and workloads to one system, making it easy to integrate and manage. And using the same graphics in the last example, it can also support merchandising, helping managers increase sales by optimizing product placement based on their customers’ buying patterns. 

The use of kiosks and other edge devices has also increased in the hospitality industry. For example, in the fast-food business, high heat, oil vapors, and smoke can lead to damage of digital displays used to fulfill orders. Greater thermal range is a big need for this environment. With the 12th Gen Intel® Core Processor, devices managed at the edge can be thermally regulated to run at their optimal temperature range, which means a fanless option for kitchens. This ultimately contributes to keeping orders on track, reducing maintenance costs, and driving customer value. 

When we think about the operational costs of a business, device outages and repairs can be big-ticket expenses. A technician in retail or hospitality might be responsible for the device and display management of a dozen or more locations. In IT in the education industry, some schools may rely on external support for their countless devices. With the new 12th Gen Intel® Core Processor, technicians can now be informed in real-time, assess issues, and even repair certain outages remotely, saving valuable time and money for both the business and technician. 

We can solve these new challenges with new technology. The launch of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors designed for the edge makes each of the above industry challenges a thing of the past. 

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With software and solutions based on 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Intel is enabling much-needed processor adaptability at the edge. I’m excited about these benefits:   


Increased graphics performance  

  • 4 display pipes, 96 graphics extension units, and enhanced for IoT SoCs delivering up to 4x faster graphics1 and up to 6.6x faster AI inference performance2 (versus 10th Gen Intel Core processors for PC; Client use conditions, Intel® Core™ i7-10700)  
  • Improved computer vision algorithms for uses that require higher GPU than CPU output  

Increased manageability  

  • LGA socket flexibility, meaning a multichip package featuring Intel’s Performance Hybrid Architecture 
  • Greater capability to run your IoT or Edge solutions by repopulating sockets, to improve overall device management 

Increased Power Efficiency and Scalability 

  • 12W to 65W Processor Base Power range, for fanless solutions and resilient compute application  
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP) that can be leveraged across a range of temperatures without the need for multiple devices  

These are just a few business challenges that these 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors can solve for. With a focus on experience, we’re better serving industries like retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and more, by solving for today’s operational technology challenges. The new product line will be able to drive better outcomes that’ll positively impact businesses, technicians, employees—and end consumers—alike. 

The opportunities are endless, and I’m personally thrilled to see where and how people adopt 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors for their edge deployments to improve their employee and customer experiences from the compute, outward. 

For technical specifications and product information, see here. 

If you’re part of the developer community, we have an array of free resources available to support your growth and knowledge with minimal coding required to get going. Visit oneAPI/OpenVINO, apply for DevCloud online access, and/or order your physical development kit from authorized partners. We look forward to building better solutions with you all.  




1 Up to 4 times faster graphics performance as measured by 3DMark - Fire Strike - Graphics Score 

2 Up to 6.6 times faster in GPU image classification inference performance MLPerf v1.1 ResNet50 - Offline - int8 – GPU. MLPerf™ Inference Edge v1.1 Inference ResNet-v1.5; Result not verified by the MLCommons™ Association. The MLPerf name and logo are trademarks of MLCommons Association in the United States and other countries. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use strictly prohibited. See www.mlcommons.org for more information. 

Performance varies by use, configuration, and other factors. Learn more atintel.com/PerformanceIndex​​ 

Performance hybrid architecture combines two new core microarchitectures, Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores), on a single processor die. Select 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors (certain 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processors and lower) do not have performance hybrid architecture, only P-cores. 

Built into the hardware, Intel® Thread Director is provided only in performance hybrid architecture configurations of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors; OS enablement is required. Available features and functionality vary by OS. 

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