Intel debuts Israeli-developed 7th generation chips

The new chips are expected to be included in products starting in September, and be included in 100 million devices on sale through the 2016 holiday season.

August 30, 2016 15:45
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Intel’s offices in Petah Tikva

Intel’s offices in Petah Tikva: Intel Israel accounts for a fifth of the country’s high-tech exports.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Intel on Tuesday debuted the 7th generation of its core processor chips, which will be included in millions of laptops, tablets, desktop computers and other tech products, and were developed largely in the company’s R&D center in Haifa.

“The Israeli team did it again,” said Intel Israel’s head of R&D Ran Senderovitz.

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“I think this is one of the great points of pride for Israeli technology,” he added, noting that the chip will be sold to millions of users around the world.

Rather than settling for efficiency increases of 3 percent to 4%, Senderovitz said, the team at Intel Israel redesigned the entire architecture of the Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, which resulted in a 12% increase in productivity performance.

The newest chips still will be produced at the 14-nanometer scale – the equivalent of cutting a human hair in half 18 times, said Senderovitz.

Intel is building an upgraded facility in Kiryat Gat that is widely believed to be a 10- nanometer manufacturing facility.

The chips, he added, would boost graphic processing in an age where virtual reality, 360-degree video and high-quality ultra-HD video are increasingly common.

They would allow people to, more smoothly, take virtual tours, participate in multi-person video games and video calls, and process 4K resolution videos. They also would increase regular web browsing speeds 19% over the previous generation of chip.

Lower power usage also means better performance for 2-in-1 computers, tablets and mobile devices.

The new chips, which will be marked with labels identifying them as 7th generation, are expected to be included in products beginning in September.

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