Intel hosted CES 2021 on Monday to unveil four new processor lines for PCs and mobiles. Intel said it will ramp up production of its advanced server processors in the first quarter, and that its new GPUs will be manufactured by TSMC.
Intel (INTC) shares, which have lost 12.5% in the past 12 months, rallied on Tuesday (at the time of writing) after the world’s largest PC and data center processor manufacturer made a series of announcements and statements at its CES 2021 conference.
Four new lines of Intel processors for PCs and mobiles
Intel said it will unveil more than 50 processors in 2021, 30 of which will use the new 10nm technology, bringing more than 500 new laptop and desktop designs to market.
The company has unveiled new 11th Gen Core vPro processors for business notebooks that it claims have industry-leading performance and the world’s most complete hardware security. Evo vPro processors for Chromebooks are due in the first quarter.
Intel has introduced new Intel N-series processors to its education customers: Pentium, Silver and Celeron.
The third lineup announced by Intel is the 11th Generation Core H Series mobile processors, which are designed to deliver the best online gaming platforms.
Intel has also announced products to hit the market later in 2021, including 11th Gen Intel Core S desktop processors (codenamed Rocket Lake-S) and next-gen processors (codenamed Alder Lake).
Intel will increase production of new chips for data centers
Intel also said Monday it will increase production of its 10nm Ice Lake server chips this quarter, although it did not provide specific quantities.
Intel will offer TSMC to produce a new graphics chip
After influential investor Third Point sent a letter to Intel’s board of directors last month asking it to consider whether it should keep chip development and manufacturing under one roof, the company said it would announce its decision to outsource manufacturing on Jan.21.
Intel planned to outsource some of its 2023 products.
Intel plans to hire Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to produce a second-generation discrete graphics chip for personal computers, codenamed “DG2,” according to a Reuters report. DG2 is expected to be released later this year or early 2022.
Manufacturing will take place as part of TSMC’s new process technology, which Intel hopes will allow the new chip to compete with counterparts from Nvidia (NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which cost from $ 400 to $ 600.
Long delays in Intel’s own manufacturing process have allowed competitors such as Nvidia and AMD to take a chunk of market share from Intel.
Intel Mobileye Announces Mass Production of Low Cost Lidar Sensors by 2025
Another announcement from Intel on Monday was plans for Mobileye, an Israeli subsidiary acquired by Intel in 2017.
Developing technologies for self-driving cars, Mobileye has developed a new lidar sensor, a laser device that helps cars acquire a three-dimensional image of the road. Intel technology has enabled active and passive laser elements to be placed on a silicon chip.
According to the company, the new technology will make these sensors affordable and, thanks to Intel’s manufacturing capabilities, “scale in an unprecedented way.” The lidar chip will be manufactured at one of Intel’s New Mexico plants, and the company expects to reach mass production by 2025 and fulfill the dream that any car can be autonomous.