Intel Announced A 49-qubit Test Chip For The Quantum Computing Platform At CES 2018

It hasn’t been a long time since Intel released the 17-qubit superconducting chip for the Quantum Computing platform. However, in this CES 2018 Intel has announced a 49-qubit Chip with a similar architecture, but for bigger purposes.

Intel calls this new chip the “Tangle Lake” which refers to a chain of lakes in Alaska. Intel says that the achievement of a 49-qubit chip was important because it will allow researchers to access & improve Error Connections Techniques & Simulate Computational Problems.

Intel Announced A 49-qubit Test Chip For The Quantum Computing Platform At CES 2018

The CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich predicted that Quantum Computing will solve problems that today might take the best Supercomputers months or years to resolve, such as Drug Development, Financial Modeling and Climate Forecasting.

“In the quest to deliver a commercially viable quantum computing system, it’s anyone’s game,” said Mike Mayberry, corporate vice president and managing director of Intel Labs. “We expect it will be five to seven years before the industry gets to tackling engineering-scale problems, and it will likely require 1 million or more qubits to achieve commercial relevance.”

Intel also showcased another Neuromorphic Research Chip that carries the Codename “Loihi“.

Intel Announced A 49-qubit Test Chip For The Quantum Computing Platform At CES 2018

As you would expect, this Chip empowers the potential of AI. According to Intel, these chips can enable Smarter Security Cameras and Smart-city Infrastructure designed for Real-time Communication with Autonomous Vehicles.

Intel is planning to share the Loihi test chip with leading Research Institutions & Universities in the First Half of 2018 while putting it to more applications of complex data sets & problems.

Source: Intel

Intel Announced 8th Gen G-Series Laptop Processors With AMD Vega Graphics & Upto 100W TDP

Intel has a new name for their H-series Laptop Processors & they now call them the G-series. However, there is a reason behind this new renaming policy & that is the new kind of Graphical Horsepower it is packing. So, the new G-series Laptop Processors from Intel now have integrated Graphics from AMD calls the Vega Graphics for Mobile.

Now, there are two configurations of these new G-series Processors. These are,

  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M GL Graphics (65W total package power)
  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M GH Graphics (100W total package power), which features an unlocked configuration

So, maybe it’s better to have a Specification overview for all the new CPUs.

Process Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm14 nm14 nm
Number Of Cores44444
Number Of Threads88888
Base Frequency2.8 GHz3.1 GHz3.1 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.1 GHz
Max Frequency3.8 Ghz4.1 GHz4.1 GHz 4.1 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cache Size6 MB8 MB8 MB8 MB8 MB
Max PCIe Lanes88888
Memory TypeDDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2400
Max Memory Channels22222
Integrated GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630
Integrated Graphics Dynamic Frequency1.00 GHz1.10 GHz1.10 GHz1.10 GHz1.10GHz
Dedicated GraphicsRadeon RX Vega M GLRadeon RX Vega M GLRadeon RX Vega M GLRadeon RX Vega M GHRadeon RX Vega M GH
Dedicated Graphics Base Frequency931 MHz931 MHz931 MHz1.06 GHz1.06 GHz
Dedicated Graphics Max Frequency1.01 GHz1.01 GHz1.01 GHz1.19 GHz1.19 GHz
Compute Units2020202424
Listed Price


These new G-series Processors are Graphically much more powerful compared to the 7th Gen Core Processors. The way Intel achieved this is by integrating the CPU, the GPU & HBM2 VRAM in a Single Processor. We have already explained this in detail in one of our previous articles. I’m linking that article below in case you need that.


These new CPUs are targeted towards Thin & Light devices for both Gaming & Professional platforms. The High-power CPU with the new Vega GPUs can handle Gaming, Content Creation and even things like Virtual & Mixed Reality.

However, these new G-series CPUs are still using the older Kaby Lake architecture. So, these CPUs belong to Kabylake-G series & if you remember, the 8th Gen U-series is also using the Kabylake Architecture so, those are actually Kabylake-R which means that only the 8th Gen Desktop CPUs are using the Coffelake Architecture as of now. Kinda disappointing cause Coffelake is so much better compared to Kabylake.

Another disappointing Factor is the fabrication Process Technology. So, these G-series Processors came out in 2018 & they are still using the 14nm Process Technology. We were expecting the 10nm Process Technology in early 2018 but that’s just not the case.

So, the main improvements have been done in terms of Graphical Performance. The 100W TDP based i7-8709G & i7-8809G have the Higher-end Vega M GH series Graphics which similar to something like a Max-Q GTX1060 (Thanks to Linus of Linus Tech Tips for this info). That kinda power in a Slim Form Factor is really appreciated. But, I hope Manufacturers have the access to fit in even higher-powered NVIDIA GPUs for High-end Gaming Laptops. Otherwise, it would be a huge bottleneck in many situations.

New laptops powered by these new 8th Gen G-series Processors will be unveiled in the CES2018 that is going on right now. To stay updated on that, stay Tuned to our Website, Facebook & Twitter.

Source: Intel (1 | 2)