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Apple Marina Bay Sands opens Thursday in Singapore

Apple’s most ambitious retail project sits on the waters of Marina Bay

Exterior image of the Apple Marina Bay Sands floating dome building.
Appearing as a floating sphere, Apple Marina Bay Sands is the first Apple store to sit directly on the water.

Singapore — Apple today previewed Apple Marina Bay Sands, the first Apple Store to sit directly on the water. Appearing as a sphere floating on the iridescent Marina Bay, the store introduces a new and captivating retail experience at one of the most iconic locations in Singapore.

Entirely surrounded by water, Apple Marina Bay Sands offers uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of the city and its spectacular skyline. The sphere is a first-of-its-kind, all-glass dome structure that is fully self-supported, comprised of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection. As Apple’s third retail location in Singapore, the new store creates an unforgettable space for customers.

Customers at Apple Marina Bay Sands.
An oculus at the apex of the dome provides a flooding ray of light, with custom sunshade rings lining the interior glass.

Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, an oculus located at the apex of the dome provides a flooding ray of light that travels through the space. The interior of the glass is lined with custom baffles, each uniquely shaped to counter sun angles and provide a nighttime lighting effect. With trees lining the interior of the dome, the green garden city of Singapore flows into the store, providing additional shading and soft shadows through the foliage.

“We couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, building on our commitment to this special place that began more than 40 years ago,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People. “Our passionate and talented team is ready to welcome this community to our new store and deliver the care and support that our customers around the world love.”

Apple team members getting ready for customers at Apple Marina Bay Sands.
Customers can explore curated Apple products and accessories or receive personal technical support from Geniuses.

Visitors entering the store encounter a dramatic reveal into the massive volume of the dome, where they can explore curated Apple products and accessories, receive personal technical support from Geniuses, or simply take in the stunning view of Marina Bay. The Forum is centered around a Video Wall, which will serve as the stage for Today at Apple sessions featuring Singapore’s artists, musicians, and creators. Entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with Apple team members in Apple’s first underwater Boardroom, located on the lower level of the store.

Customers sitting and listening to an Apple team member.
The Forum will soon serve as the stage for Singapore’s artists, musicians, and creatives for Today at Apple sessions.
An Apple team member sets up an iPhone on display stands.
Nearly 150 employees speaking over 23 languages are ready to welcome visitors to Apple Marina Bay Sands.

Apple’s rich history in Singapore spans more than 40 years, beginning with the first corporate office in Ang Mo Kio. In 1981, the team was responsible for producing the majority of printed circuit boards for Apple II computers worldwide. Since then, Apple has expanded its corporate and retail presence, and now supports over 55,000 jobs across the entire Apple ecosystem.

The 148-person team at Apple Marina Bay Sands, who collectively speak over 23 languages, will welcome visitors for the first time on Thursday, September 10 at 10 a.m. SGT. The store will implement the same rigorous health measures for both employees and visitors seen across all Apple Store locations, including a mask requirement, temperature checks, and social distancing.

To ensure the health and well-being of guests, visits to Apple Marina Bay Sands on Thursday will be by appointment only. Customers can visit apple.com/sg/marinabaysands to choose from available times, and each non-transferable reservation admits one person. Capacity will be limited, so guests may experience wait times before entering the store.

Exterior of Apple Marina Bays Sands dome with the city skyline.
Apple Marina Bay Sands opens on Thursday, September 10 at 10 a.m. SGT.
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AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Desktop Processors with AMD Radeon Graphics Set to Deliver Breakthrough Performance for Commercial and Consumer Desktop PCs

Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the world’s first and most advanced 7nm x86 desktop processors with built-in graphics for consumer and commercial PC markets2. The AMD Ryzen™ 4000 Series Desktop Processors with Radeon™ Graphics and the AMD Athlon™ 3000 Series Desktop Processors with Radeon™ Graphics feature the most advanced processor core technology1 on the market combined with the best graphics performance available in a desktop processor.

The new AMD Ryzen™ 4000 G-Series Desktop Processors deliver impressive generational leaps in performance3 and amazing power efficiency for consumers, gamers, streamers and creators. Built for modern business PCs, AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Desktop Processors with PRO technologies offer enterprise-class solutions, advanced technology and multi-layered security features. Ryzen 4000 Series Desktop Processors are built on the industry-leading 7nm process and “Zen 2” core architecture, offering unmatched user experiences and power efficiency in the state-of-the art AMD socket AM4 platform.

“AMD is dedicated to continuously pushing the boundaries of processing power and graphics performance to deliver amazing PC experiences for all customers, from mainstream PC users, to gamers, streamers and enterprise users,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, client business unit, AMD. “Today, in association with our longstanding PC partners, we are excited to launch the AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Desktop Processors. The ultimate desktop processors with built-in graphics delivering amazing performance for work or play.”

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series Desktop Processors with AMD Radeon Graphics

With responsive performance and flawless visuals with Radeon graphics built-in, consumers can now enjoy enthusiast-level performance for gaming and content creation in AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series processor powered pre-built desktops without the need for a discrete graphics card. Additionally, the new AMD Athlon™ 3000 G-Series Desktop Processors provide responsive performance and modern features for entry-level PCs using the same “Zen” core architecture and built-in Radeon graphics as the high-performance AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor family.

The AMD Ryzen™ 4700G Desktop Processor offers:

  • Up to 2.5X multi-threaded performance compared to previous generation5
  • Up to 5% greater single-thread performance than the Intel Core i7-97006
  • Up to 31% greater multithreaded performance than the Intel Core i7-97007
  • Up to 202% better graphics performance than the Intel Core i7-97008
MODEL CORES / THREADS TDP

(Watts)

BOOST9/BASE FREQ. (GHz) GPU CORES CACHE (MB)
AMD Ryzen™ 7 4700G 8C/16T 65W Up to 4.4 / 3.6 GHz 8 12 MB
AMD Ryzen™ 7 4700GE 8C/16T 35W Up to 4.3 / 3.1 GHz 8 12 MB
AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600G 6C/12T 65W Up to 4.2 / 3.7 GHz 7 11 MB
AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600GE 6C/12T 35W Up to 4.2 / 3.3 GHz 7 11 MB
AMD Ryzen™ 3 4300G 4C/8T 65W Up to 4.0 / 3.8 GHz 6 6 MB
AMD Ryzen™ 3 4300GE 4C/8T 35W Up to 4.0 / 3.5 GHz 6 6 MB
Athlon™ Gold 3150G 4C / 4T 65W​ 3.9 GHz 3 6 MB
Athlon™ Gold 3150GE 4C / 4T 35W 3.8 GHz 3 6 MB
Athlon™ Silver 3050GE 2C / 4T 35W 3.4 GHz 3 5 MB

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Desktop Processors with PRO technologies

Built for the modern business environment, the new AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series and AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Series Desktop Processors offer a new standard for modern business PCs. Featuring advanced performance and modern security features with layers of protection, they are designed to keep up with today’s fast-paced, remote work business environments. With security features such as AMD Memory Guard and AMD Secure Processor alongside seamless manageability features, businesses can rest assured AMD-powered systems are easy to administer on an enterprise-level scale and deliver reliable security features.

The AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Desktop Processors offer:

  • Up to 31% faster performance than the competition9
  • Up to 43% more performance per watt than the competition10
MODEL CORES/

THREADS

TDP

(Watts)

BOOST9/

BASE FREQ. (GHz)

Graphics Cores L2/L3 CACHE (MB)
AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 4750G 8C/16T 65W Up to 4.4/3.6 GHz 8 12MB
AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 4750GE 8C/16T 35W Up to 4.3/3.1 GHz 8 12MB
AMD Ryzen™ 5 PRO 4650G 6C/12T 65W Up to 4.2/3.7 GHz 7 11MB
AMD Ryzen™ 5 PRO 4650GE 6C/12T 35W Up to 4.2/3.3 GHz 7 11MB
AMD Ryzen™ 3 PRO 4350G 4C/8T 65W Up to 4.0/3.8 GHz 6 6MB
AMD Ryzen™ 3 PRO 4350GE 4C/8T 35W Up to 4.0/3.5 GHz 6 6MB
AMD Athlon™ Gold PRO 3150G 4C/4T 65W Up to 3.9/3.5 GHz 3 6MB
AMD Athlon™ Gold PRO 3150GE 4C/4T 35W Up to 3.8/3.3 GHz 3 6MB
AMD Athlon™ Silver PRO 3125GE 2C/4T 35W Up to 3.4/3.4 GHz 3 5MB

 

Partner Quotes

“Both our consumer and commercial customers expect PCs that deliver a blend of best-in-class performance and value,” said Mike Nash, chief technologist and head of Customer Experience and Portfolio Strategy, HP Inc. “HP offers a comprehensive AMD portfolio that offers incredible processing power and best-in-class integrated graphics across our consumer and gaming PCs as well as flexible functionality and enterprise-grade security in our commercial PCs to keep business users productive everywhere.”

“At Lenovo™, we are always listening to our customers’ pain points for new opportunities to transform how they feel about the PC desktop experience,” said Dilip Bhatia, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Lenovo. “Our IdeaCentre™ and ThinkCentre™ series serve our widest range of consumer and commercial customers for a reason, every desktop user wants smoother performance, more storage for files, and reliable graphics whether they’re working from home or at the office—but they also want sleek style. By bringing the speed of next-level AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors to our unique and more compact designs in several form factors, we are delivering more choice for better experiences without sacrificing style. The upgraded Lenovo IdeaCentre 5 with soft textured slide design is powered by AMD Ryzen 4700G Desktop Processor with Radeon Graphics options to provide the speed you need for premium entertainment and productivity tasks, while running cool and quiet. Featuring Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Desktop Processors, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75t, M75s and M75q business PCs will be updated later this fall. The new desktops provide the flexibility of different form factors with layers of modern security features and manageability solutions for simpler deployment and IT management.”

Availability

The Ryzen 4000 G-Series Desktop Processors are expected to be available in systems from OEM partners including Lenovo and HP starting in Q3 2020. The Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Desktop Processors will be available from SIs at launch on July 21st , and are expected in systems from OEM partners starting later this fall. The Ryzen 4000 G-Series, Athlon 3000 G-Series, Ryzen PRO 4000 Series and Athlon PRO 3000 Series Desktop Processors are exclusively available from SIs and OEM partners.

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Giant Step into the Future’: NVIDIA CEO Unveils GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs

A decade ago, GPUs were judged on whether they could power through Crysis. How quaint.

The latest NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, unleashed in May to power the world’s supercomputers and hyperscale data centers, has come to gaming.

And with NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang on Tuesday unveiling the new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, it’s delivering NVIDIA’s “greatest generational leap in company history.”

The GeForce RTX 30 Series, NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX GPUs, deliver up to 2x the performance and 1.9x the power efficiency over previous-generation GPUs.

“If the last 20 years was amazing, the next 20 will seem like nothing short of science fiction,” Huang said, speaking from the kitchen of his Silicon Valley home. Today’s NVIDIA Ampere launch is “a giant step into the future,” he added.

In addition to the trio of new GPUs — the flagship GeForce RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3070 and the “ferocious” GeForce RTX 3090 — Huang introduced a slate of new tools for GeForce gamers.

They include NVIDIA Reflex — which makes competitive gamers quicker, NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima — for those using real-time computer graphics engines to create movies, and NVIDIA Broadcast — which harnesses AI to build virtual broadcast studios for streamers.

Up Close and Personal

A pair of demos tell the tale. In May, we released a demo called Marbles — featuring the world’s first fully path-traced photorealistic real-time graphics.

Chock-full of reflections, textures and light sources, the demo is basically a movie that’s rendered in real time as a marble rolls through an elaborate workshop rich with different materials and textures. It’s a stunningly realistic environment.

In May, Huang showed Marbles running on our top-end Turing architecture-based Quadro RTX 8000 graphics card at 25 frames per second at 720p resolution. An enhanced version of the demo, Marbles at Night, running on NVIDIA Ampere, runs at 30 fps at 1440p.

More telling is a demo that can’t be shown remotely — gameplay running at 60 fps on an 8K LG OLED TV — because video-streaming services don’t support that level of quality.

The GeForce RTX 3090 is the world’s first GPU able to play blockbuster games at 60 fps in 8K resolution, which is 4x the pixels of 4K and 16x the pixels of 1080p.

We showed it to a group of veteran streamers in person to get their reactions as they played through some of latest games.

“You can see wear and tear on the treads,” one said, tilting his head to the side and eyeing the screen in amazement.

“This feels like a Disneyland experience,” another added.

Gamers Battle COVID-19

Huang started his news-packed talk by thanking the more than one million gamers who pooled their GPUs through Folding@Home to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The result was 2.8 exaflops of computing power, 5x the processing power of the world’s largest supercomputer, Huang said, capturing the moment the virus infects a human cell.

“Thank you all for joining this historic fight,” Huang said.

RTX a “Home Run”

For 40 years, since NVIDIA researcher Turner Whitted published his groundbreaking paper on ray tracing, computer science researchers have chased the dream of creating super-realistic virtual worlds with real-time ray tracing, Huang said.

NVIDIA focused intense effort over the past 10 years to realize real-time ray tracing on a large scale. At the SIGGRAPH graphics conference two years ago, NVIDIA unveiled the first NVIDIA RTX GPU.

Based on NVIDIA’s Turing architecture, it combined programmable shaders, RT Cores to accelerate ray-triangle and ray-bounding-box intersections, and the Tensor Core AI processing pipeline.

“Now, two years later, it is clear we have reinvented computer graphics,” Huang said, citing support from all major 3D APIs, tools and game engines, noting that hundreds of RTX-enabled games are now in development. “RTX is a home run,” he said.

Just ask your kids, if you can tear them away from their favorite games for a moment.

Fortnite, from Epic Games, is the latest global sensation to turn on NVIDIA RTX real-time ray-tracing technology, Huang announced.

Now Minecraft and Fortnite, two of the most popular games in the world, have RTX On.

No kid will miss the significance of these announcements.

A Giant Leap in Performance 

The NVIDIA Ampere architecture, the second generation of RTX GPUs, “is a giant leap in performance,” Huang said.

Built on a custom 8N manufacturing process, the flagship GeForce RTX 3080 has 28 billion transistors. It connects to Micron’s new GDDR6X memory — the fastest graphics memory ever made.

“The days of just relying on transistor performance scaling is over,” Huang said.

GeForce RTX 3080: The New Flagship

Starting at $699, the RTX 3080 is the perfect mix of fast performance and cutting-edge capabilities, leading Huang to declare it NVIDIA’s “new flagship GPU.”

Designed for 4K gaming, the RTX 3080 features high-speed GDDR6X memory running at 19Gbps, resulting in performance that outpaces the RTX 2080 Ti by a wide margin.

It’s up to 2X faster than the original RTX 2080. It consistently delivers more than 60 fps at 4K resolution — with RTX ON.

GeForce RTX 3070: The Sweet Spot

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang introducing the GeForce RTX 3070.
NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang introducing the GeForce RTX 3070.

Making more power available to more people is the RTX 3070, starting at $499.

And it’s faster than the $1,200 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti — at less than half the price.

The RTX 3070 hits the sweet spot of performance for games running with eye candy turned up.

GeForce RTX 3090: A Big, Ferocious GPU

At the apex of the lineup is the RTX 3090. It’s the fastest GPU ever built for gaming and creative types and is designed to power next-generation content at 8K resolution.

“There is clearly a need for a giant GPU that is available all over the world,” Huang said. “So, we made a giant Ampere.”

And the RTX 3090 is a giant of a GPU. Its Herculean 24GB of GDDR6X memory running at 19.5Gbps can tackle the most challenging AI algorithms and feed massive data-hungry workloads for true 8K gaming.

“RTX 3090 is a beast — a big ferocious GPU,” Huang said. “A BFGPU.”

At 4K it’s up to 50 percent faster than the TITAN RTX before it.

It even comes with silencer — a three-slot, dual-axial, flow-through design — up to 10x quieter and keeps the GPU up to 30 degrees C cooler than the TITAN RTX.

“The 3090 is so big that for the very first time, we can play games at 60 frames per second in 8K,” Huang said. “This is insane.”

Faster Reflexes with NVIDIA Reflex

For the 75 percent of GeForce gamers who play esports, Huang announced the release of this month of NVIDIA Reflex with our Game Ready Driver.

In Valorant, a fast-paced action game, for example, Huang showed a scenario where an opponent, traveling at 1,500 pixels per second, is only visible for 180 milliseconds.

But a typical gamer has a reaction time of 150 ms — from photon to action. “You can only hit the opponent if your PC adds less than 30 ms,” Huang explained.

Yet right now, most gamers have latencies greater than 30 ms — many up to 100 ms, Huang noted.

NVIDIA Reflex optimizes the rendering pipeline across CPU and GPU to reduce latency by up to 50 ms, he said.

“Over 100 million GeForce gamers will instantly become more competitive,” Huang said.

Turn Any Room into a Broadcast Studio

For live streamers, Huang announced NVIDIA Broadcast. It transforms standard webcams and microphones into smart devices to turn “any room into a broadcast studio,” Huang said.

It does this with effects like Audio Noise Removal, Virtual Background Effects — whether for graphics or video — and Webcam Auto Framing, giving you a virtual cameraperson.

NVIDIA Broadcast runs AI algorithms trained by deep learning on NVIDIA’s DGX supercomputer — one of the world’s most potent.

“These AI effects are amazing,” Huang said.

NVIDIA Broadcast will be available for download in September and runs on any RTX GPU, Huang said.

Omniverse Machinima

For those now using video games to create movies and shorts — an art form known as Machinima — Huang introduced NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima, based on the Omniverse 3D workflow collaboration platform.

With Omniverse Machinima, creators can use their webcam to drive an AI-based pose-estimator to animate characters. Drive face animation AI with your voice. Add high-fidelity physics like particles and fluids. Make materials physically accurate.

When done with your composition and mixing, you can even render film-quality cinematics with your RTX GPU, Huang said.

The beta will be available in October. Sign up at nvidia.com/machinima.

Nothing Short of Science Fiction

Wrapping up, Huang noted that it’s been 20 years since the NVIDIA GPU introduced programmable shading. “The GPU revolutionized modern computer graphics,” Huang said.

Now the second-generation NVIDIA RTX — fusing programmable shading, ray tracing and AI — gives us photorealistic graphics and the highest frame rates simultaneously, Huang said.

“I can’t wait to go forward 20 years to see what RTX started,” Huang said.

“In this future, GeForce is your holodeck, your lightspeed starship, your time machine,” Huang said. “In this future, we will look back and realize that it started here.”

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Intel Launches World’s Best Processor for Thin-and-Light Laptops: 11th Gen Intel Core

More than 150 Designs in Development, Including 20 Verified Under New Intel Evo Platform Brand

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel launches 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, the world’s best processors for thin-and-light laptops1, delivering up to 2.7x faster content creation2, more than 20% faster office productivity3 and more than 2x faster gaming plus streaming4 in real-world workflows over competitive products.
  • Intel® Evo™ platform brand introduced for designs based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and verified through the Project Athena innovation program’s second-edition specification and key experience indicators (KEIs).
  • More than 150 designs based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors are expected from Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung and others.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 2, 2020 – Intel today unleashed a new era of laptop performance with the launch of its next-generation mobile PC processors and the evolution of its broad ecosystem partnerships that are propelling the mobile PC industry forward. New 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics (code-named “Tiger Lake”) are the world’s best processors for thin-and-light laptops with unmatched capabilities for real-world productivity, collaboration, creation, gaming and entertainment across Windows and ChromeOS-based laptops.

Leveraging Intel’s new SuperFin process technology, 11th Gen Intel Core processors optimize power efficiency with leading performance and responsiveness while running at significantly higher frequencies versus prior generations. More than 150 designs based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors are expected from partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Razer, Samsung and others.

More: 11th Gen Intel Core and Intel Evo Launch (Press Kit)

 

Intel also introduced the Intel Evo platform brand for laptop designs verified to the second edition specification and KEIs of the Project Athena innovation program. Based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, devices featuring the Intel Evo badge are verified to be the best laptops for getting things done5. More than 20 verified designs are expected this year.

“11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics are a major leap forward in real-world processor performance and are the best laptop processors we have built,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group. “From productivity and content creation to entertainment and gaming, when you pick a system powered by 11th Gen Intel Core – especially one of our new Intel Evo co-engineered and verified designs – you know you are getting the best laptop experience possible.”

Introducing Intel Evo

Intel continues to lead the PC ecosystem in driving innovation across the platform to deliver the best computing experiences possible. The new Intel Evo platform brand represents the best laptops designed to help you focus and get things done no matter where you are. Based on 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and verified to the second edition specification and key experience indicators of Project Athena under an intensified testing methodology, Intel and its co-engineering partners are once again raising the bar for laptop experiences.

By measuring workflows under real-world conditions for consistent performance and battery life together, Intel’s unique testing and measurement methodology provides a preview into how a laptop will perform each day. Only the laptop designs that consistently meet or beat the KEIs and specification are verified to use the Intel Evo badge. KEI targets are minimums and include:

  • Consistent responsiveness on battery6
  • System wake from sleep in less than 1 second
  • Nine or more hours of real-world battery life on systems with FHD displays7
  • Fast charging with up to a four-hour charge in under 30 minutes on systems with FHD displays8

Intel Evo platforms also feature best-in-class wired and wireless connectivity9 with integrated Thunderbolt™ 4 universal cable connectivity and Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), as well as premium audio, webcam and display, all wrapped in sleek thin-and-light form factors for a premium experience. For highlights of the second edition target specification and the verification process, see the Intel Evo fact sheet.

11th Gen Intel Core Processors with Intel Iris Xe Graphics

11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics are the world’s best processors for thin-and-light laptops across both Windows and ChromeOS. They represent Intel’s most ambitious system-on-chip (SoC), delivering more than a generational leap in performance and the best experiences for U-series laptops in productivity, creation, gaming, entertainment and collaboration. A broad range of integrated features fuel the best thin-and-light platforms available with optimized CPU, GPU, artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration, software optimization and platform capabilities that maximize real-world performance on the applications and features people use the most:

  • Rich collaboration: 11th Gen processors are the best for collaboration with more immersive and personal AI-enhanced experiences, including enhanced audio with CPU offload for background noise suppression via Intel Gaussian and Neural Accelerator 2.0 (Intel GNA), AI-accelerated background blur and video super-resolution, the latest video decode and integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) – the best Wi-Fi technology for video conferencing10 – all on a thin-and-light PC.
  • Leadership productivity performance: More than 20% faster office productivity versus competitive products and on workflows that reflect how people use their laptops every day. Integrated Thunderbolt 4 capabilities also enable up to four ports for connecting to a universe of peripherals and single-cable access to fast-charging, external monitors and extended storage.
  • Advanced content creation: Up to 2.7x faster real-world photo editing and up to 2x faster real-world video editing11 versus competitive products, in addition to support for 8K HDR displays and up to four simultaneous 4K HDR displays.
  • Immersive entertainment: 11th Gen Intel Core processors are the first in the industry with hardware-supported Dolby Vision, delivering more immersive content experiences and improving system-level power by approximately 20% versus the previous generation, translating to more than an hour of additional video streaming on battery12.
  • New gaming experiences: With up to 2x game performance over the previous generation13, play Borderlands 3, Far Cry New Dawn, Hitman 2 and other popular game titles for the first time at 1080p on Intel’s integrated graphics. Share your success with friends with ability to game plus stream more than 2x faster than competitive products. All of this on integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and in a thin-and-light design.

“The new 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics are delivering incredible performance and responsiveness to enable Windows customers around the world to be more productive and have fun today and in the future,” said Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft.

“Based on extensive and deep collaboration between Intel and Google, we’re able to optimize the user experience, and we are thrilled to be bringing the next-generation of Chromebooks to market powered by 11th Gen Intel Core,” said John Solomon, vice president of ChromeOS.

Integrated and Optimized to Enable the Best Thin-and-Light Platforms

As detailed at Architecture Day 2020, new Willow Cove CPU and Intel® Xe graphics architectures on Intel’s new SuperFin process technology push the envelope on frequency – up to 4.8 GHz – improving power efficiency while enabling specialized compute engines, accelerators and software optimizations to be integrated on the SoC. 11th Gen Intel Core processors deliver the best combination of the innovative compute engines needed for real-life workloads, including:

  • New Intel Iris Xe graphics outperform 90% of the discrete graphics paired in this segment14 and offer up to 96 EUs and up to 16MB of L3 cache.
  • The first instruction set for neural network inferencing on integrated graphics with Intel® DL Boost: DP4a and the first with native support for INT8 data type, delivering up to 5x better AI performance15.
  • Hardware-hardened security with integrated Intel® Control Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) and Intel® Total Memory Encryption.
  • Support for the high-performance AV1 CODEC that enables power-efficient support for 4K, even in constrained bandwidth environments.
  • The first with image processing solution enabling vision sensing and adaptive dimming.
  • Best-in-class Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, including support for up to four ports with universal cable connectivity for charging, data and video.
  • The first mobile client SoC with CPU-attached PCIe Gen 4 interface and with up to four lanes.

With scalable performance across the 7- to 28-watt thermal envelope, nine processor configurations across two package designs for form factor flexibility and up to 4.8 GHz turbo frequency, 11th Gen Intel Core processors provide the single core speed crucial for advanced workloads on thin-and-light laptops.

Processor Number Graphics Cores / Threads Graphics (EUs) Cache Memory Operating Range Base Freq (GHz) Max Single Core Turbo (GHz, up to) Max All Core Turbo (GHz, up to) Graphics Max Freq (GHz, up to) Intel® DL Boost /Intel® GNA 2.0
UP3 Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 96 12MB DDR4-3200LPDDR4x-4266 12-28W 3.0 4.8 4.3 1.35
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 96 12MB DDR4-3200LPDDR4x-4266 12-28W 2.8 4.7 4.1 1.30
Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 80 8MB DDR4-3200LPDDR4x-4266 12-28W 2.4 4.2 3.8 1.30
Intel® Core™ i3-1125G4 Intel UHD Graphics 4/8 48 8MB DDR4-3200LPDDR4x-3733 12-28W 2.0 3.7 3.3 1.25
Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Intel UHD Graphics 2/4 48 6MB DDR4-3200LPDDR4x-3733 12-28W 3.0 4.1 4.1 1.25
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UP4 Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 96 12MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.2 4.4 3.6 1.1
Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7 Intel Iris Xe 4/8 80 8MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.1 4.0 3.4 1.1
Intel® Core™ i3-1120G4 Intel UHD Graphics 4/8 48 8MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.1 3.5 3.0 1.1
Intel® Core™ i3-1110G4 Intel UHD Graphics 2/4 48 6MB LPDDR4x-4266 7-15W 1.8 3.9 3.9 1.1

 Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.

Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions.  Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary.  You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.   For more complete information visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.

Performance results are based on testing as of dates shown in configurations and may not reflect all publicly available ​updates.  See www.intel.com/11thgen and www.intel.com/Evo for configuration details.  No product or component can be absolutely secure.

Your costs and results may vary.

Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, software or service activation.

Intel does not control or audit third-party data.  You should consult other sources to evaluate accuracy.

All product plans and roadmaps are subject to change without notice.

1 As measured by industry benchmarks, Representative Usage Guide testing, and unique features of the Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 processor, including in comparison to AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, across 5 key usages:  productivity, creation, gaming, collaboration, and entertainment. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/11thgen.

2 As measured by Content Creation: Photo Editing workflow

3 As measured by Productivity: Microsoft Office 365 workflow

4 As measured by Gaming: Game and Stream workflow

5 Measured by Project Athena laptop innovation program Key Experience Indicators and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor Representative Usage Guides. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/Evo and www.intel.com/11thGen.

6 Measured speed of premium Windows OS-based design while performing 25 workflows predictive of performance under a typical-use environment comprising multiple cloud-based and local apps and web pages including Google Chrome, Google G-Suite, Microsoft Office 365, YouTube and Zoom. Testing as of August 2020 conducted on laptops on DC battery ≥30%, connected to 802.11 wireless, and with shipped hardware configurations including Windows 10 and 250-nit screen brightness.

7 Time taken to drain from 100% to critical battery level while performing workflows under a typical-use environment, comprising multiple cloud-based and local apps and web pages including Google Chrome, Google G-Suite, Microsoft Office 365, YouTube and Zoom. Testing as of August 2020 conducted on laptops connected to 802.11 wireless, and with shipped hardware configurations including Windows 10 and 250-nit screen brightness.

8 Minimum charge attained in 30-minute window while powered off from OEM-default shutdown level. Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors.  Testing as of August 2020.

9 Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical laptop Wi-Fi products. Thunderbolt™ 4 is the fastest port available on a laptop, at 40 Gb/s, as compared to other laptop I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. Must use a Thunderbolt-enabled device.

10 As measured by OTA (Over the Air) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) vs. Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) NB client Skype video conferencing test data, obtained in standard corporate IT 20 MHz and 40 MHz network deployment scenarios. See www.intel.com/11thgen for configuration details

11 As measured by Content Creation: Video Editing workflow

12 Intel estimates approximately 20% of system level power savings comparing VEBox enabled 4K24fps Dolby Vision playback on a TGL Core™ i7-1185G7 reference design vs. a similarly configured ICL Core™ i7-1065G7 reference design, translating into more than one hour of additional Dolby Vision content viewing time on the TGL Core™ i7-1185G7 design with a 40WHr battery. Testing as of August 2020.

13 As measured by Gears Tactics (1080p Medium with variable rate shading enabled) on 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Processor vs 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7U Processor

14 Based on market analysis of discrete graphics paired with U-series, sold in the past 12 months

15 As measured by MLPerf v0.5 Inference with Offline Scenario using OpenVINO 2020.2 framework Closed ResNet50-v1.5 offline int8 GPU (Batch=32) on 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Processor vs OpenVINO 2020.2 framework Closed ResNet50-v1.5 offline FP32 GPU (Batch=32)

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Microsoft Lists in Microsoft Teams is now generally available

Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of the Lists app in Teams for all our commercial and GCC customers. As you might already know, Microsoft Lists, which we announced at Build 2020 is a Microsoft 365 app that helps you track information and organize your work. Lists are simple, smart, and flexible, so you can stay on top of what matters most to your team. Track patients, loans, issues, assets, routines, contacts, inventory and more using customizable views and smart rules and alerts to keep everyone in sync. With ready-made templates, you can quickly create lists from directly within Teams and access them on the Teams mobile app by accessing the Lists tab you added as a channel.

 

Introducing the Lists app in Teams

The vision of the Lists app in Teams is to bring all the collaboration and communication modalities to lists and list items, so it is easy to get work done.

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The new Lists app experience in Microsoft Teams, for mobile on the left and for Web and desktop on the right.

 

Lists in Teams is supported as a team based tab app built on top of the Microsoft Teams platform and supports the following features:

  1. New list creation from scratch, from templates (8 standard templates and 3 industry specific ones: Patients, Loans, and Incidents), from Excel table data and from an existing list.
  2. Importing existing team lists as new tabs.
  3. All standard list features that you can access in SharePoint web: column types, view formatting, Quick Edit, exporting to Excel, sorting, filtering, etc.
  4. The ability to have a channel conversation about a list item (see below for more details).
  5. All user actions on the list are audited and available in the Security and compliance center audit logging.

 

How do I get started?
To get started, simply go to any channel where you would like to start tracking a list and hit the “+” button to explore the tab gallery and select the Lists app. Once the tab is added you can either create a new list or bring in an existing list (from another team or an older SharePoint site, but not a personal list from Lists home) into the channel as a new tab.

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Create a new list inside Teams with conversations side-by-side. The above shows using the Asset manager template.

 

The Lists app in Teams includes 3 new industry-specific templates – Patients, Loans and Incidents. Team members start managing and tracking these key entities. Here are some examples of how these templates can be leveraged.

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Create a new list from within Microsoft Teams and choose from numerous ready-made templates, including the new industry-specific ones.

 

  1. Healthcare organizations can use the Lists app in Teams to support patient rounding, multi-discplinary huddles and discharge planning. The Patients template is an easy way for all health teams to track patient progress and keep in touch with their peers. If you have questions about storage of PHI in Teams, Lists, or Office 365, please see more documentation here.
  2. Government agencies can use the Lists app in Teams to track incidents and coordinated incident response. The Incidents template helps people quickly setup a list and get started.
  3. Loan officers at a morgtage broker or bank can use the Lists app to track a set of loans and informally collaborate on advancing a them to approval. The Loans template helps them get started with plenty of scope for further customization.

 

How do I start a conversation alongside a list item?

Once you have configured the tab and have a list with list items, you can start a conversation about an individual list item. Go to the details view (or form) for the list item by clicking into the title field and then click on conversation to start a conversation about the list item on the channel. With this feature, you can collaborate with your team about the list item (your key business entities) and get work done, faster.

Since the conversation is a channel message in Teams, all the messaging features like @mentions, rich text, giphies, stickers, emojis, mentions, tagging, and attachments are available for use! The conversation shows up in the right rail for the list item and also on the channel for those who might not have viewed the list as yet.

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You can chat side-by-side individual list items within Teams.

 

See more about getting started with the Lists app in Teams “Create a list in Microsoft Teams” click-thru demo. And do not forget to try the Lists app experience in the Teams mobile app to track your lists within Teams on the go. Just go to your Teams android or iOS mobile apps and go to the channel where you have added the Lists app and click on more and tap on the tab name to open up the list.

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Learn more about the Lists app in Teams

If you are unable to see the Lists app in your channel, please contact your Teams Admin because applications in the Teams app store can be disabled or enabled by app permission policies. For more information, see the Manage the Lists app in Teams article. If you are looking for more resources and guidance, please review the help article here. For general help content and resources on Microsoft Lists, check out the Microsoft Lists resource center.

Note: Users of the existing SharePoint tab app in Teams that have pinned a list will see their experience inside the tab get upgraded to the latest Lists in Teams experience. This change will be rolling out today as well.

Millions of people use SharePoint lists and libraries every month in Microsoft 365 to track issues, manage inventory, report status, onboard new hires, build out event agendas, manage FAQs, and more. With flexible columns, forms, and views, you can build your own solution to meet your specific needs without knowing how to code. All these great capabilities now come to you inside the Lists app in Teams.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read about Lists in Teams! We’d love to hear any feedback or ideas you might have. Do submit suggestions on user voiceWe are listening!

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Apple expands renewable energy footprint in Europe

Apple expands renewable energy footprint in Europe

World’s largest onshore wind turbines in Denmark and new clean energy efforts in Germany advance Apple’s new 2030 carbon neutral goal

A construction site near onshore wind turbines.
Apple is investing in the construction of two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines near the Danish town of Esbjerg.
Today Apple announced it will invest in the construction of two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, a source of clean, renewable energy that will bring its supply chain and products one step closer to carbon neutrality. Located near the Danish town of Esbjerg, the 200-meter-tall turbines are expected to produce 62 gigawatt hours each year — enough to power almost 20,000 homes — and will act as a test site for powerful offshore wind turbines. The power produced at Esbjerg will support Apple’s data center in Viborg, with all surplus energy going into the Danish grid.

“Combatting climate change demands urgent action and global partnership — and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “Investments in clean energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead — for the sake of our planet and future generations.”

Last month, Apple announced its plans to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. While Apple’s operations are already powered by 100 percent renewable energy and carbon neutral, this new commitment will mean that by 2030, every Apple device sold will have net zero climate impact. This includes transitioning all of its European-based suppliers to renewable power.
A worker examines a solar array.
One of Scandinavia’s largest solar arrays was completed earlier this summer to power Apple’s Viborg data center, and is the first Danish solar project built without the use of public subsidies.

Supplier Clean Energy Progress

Germany-based supplier Varta committed this week to running its Apple production with 100 percent renewable power. Across Europe, Apple’s suppliers are working toward clean energy solutions for their Apple productions — including Henkel and tesa SE, also based in Germany, DSM Engineering Materials based in the Netherlands, STMicroelectronics based in Switzerland, and Solvay based in Belgium. These solutions include DSM’s wind power purchase agreement in the Netherlands and STMicroelectronics’s solar carport in Morocco. Companies like Solvay are now expanding their use of renewable energy to their broader operations after joining Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program five years ago.

Apple launched the program in October 2015 to help suppliers reduce their energy use and transition to 100 percent renewable electricity. Since its launch, 72 manufacturing partners in 17 different countries have committed to 100 percent renewable energy for Apple production. Once all of Apple’s supplier projects are completed, these commitments will avoid over 14.3 million metric tons of CO2e annually — the equivalent of taking more than 3 million cars off the road each year.

Viborg Data Center

Apple’s data center in Viborg, a 45,000-square-meter facility offering network support and data storage to its users across the region, is now operational. The data center helps power Apple’s App Store, Apple Music, iMessage, Siri, and other services in Europe that are run entirely on renewable energy from local projects.
Aerial view of the Viborg data center.
Like all of Apple’s data centers, the company’s Viborg data center is running on 100 percent renewable energy.
The Esbjerg wind project follows the recent completion of one of Scandinavia’s largest solar arrays, located in Thisted, Northern Jutland, the first Danish solar project built without the use of public subsidies. The wind and solar projects both support Apple’s newly completed data center in Viborg, which is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Apple is developing both projects in partnership with European Energy.
The Viborg data center had over 600 specialist workers on site each day during construction and included many Danish businesses supporting its development. It is now run by a team of data specialists, technicians, maintenance, and security staff, many of whom were recruited from the local area.

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