The greatest breakthroughs in computing have been the result of creative collaborations between people from different fields of study, different disciplines, different cultures and different points of view.
It is this collaborative approach that supported the development of Lenovo’s Yoga 9i. Powered by a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, the Yoga 9i is the result of dozens of engineers from Intel and Lenovo* working together with the shared goal of reimagining what laptops can do.
The Yoga 9i not only delivers ground-breaking PC experiences, but it’s also helping to set future benchmarks and helping to verify the best methods for tuning.
The Co-Engineering of Lenovo Yoga 9i
The co-engineering behind the Lenovo Yoga 9i went beyond ordinary collaboration to produce an extraordinary machine. To ensure that hardware, software and silicon come together in the best way possible, the two teams worked together in-person in joint venture labs as well as virtually, to achieve the final results.
Together, the teams achieved consistency across their technology and methodology, and a unified process for design and performance tuning. As always, user experience was at the forefront of the design. Silicon, drivers, and firmware were optimized for maximum power and top performance.
The Stages of Co-Engineering
Intel’s approach to co-engineering has helped pave the way for breakthroughs in tech innovation and ground-breaking PC experiences for our customers. With partners like Lenovo, we’re driving an accelerated pace of innovation, which results in more choices for people and the most advanced laptops available.
Here’s what our typical co-engineering process looks like:
- Definition: Define the product “promise,” including the complete hardware and software specification; the form factor, look and feel, power performance targets and killer features.
- Architecture: Build the hardware and software technical solution to deliver to the product spec; this phase involves lots of “what-if” and feasibility analysis.
- Execution: Develop, build prototypes, test and improve the product to land on a final design.
- Launch: Deliver ground-breaking designs to market.
The Co-Engineering Journey
By working together as a single team, Lenovo and Intel can accomplish more than creating a single amazing product. Co-engineering means that both companies align on roadmaps and design products with the same target user in mind. Intel’s silicon is optimized for Lenovo devices, and Lenovo can meet customer expectations for delivering PC experiences powered by industry-leading performance.
“The customer is the real winner of our co-engineering,” said Derek Yang, product manager at Lenovo. “We know that people want more choice when selecting a laptop and they want their laptop to transition with them as they move between tasks and different activities. We were able to deliver a more powerful and adaptive Lenovo Yoga 9i laptop in partnership with Intel.”
Lenovo is also known for redefining the industry with the world’s first 2-in-1 convertible laptop form factor in 2012. In the last decade, the need for a powerful work/learn/play device has only increased, and Lenovo continues to pioneer choice by investing in laptop research and development.
Building Laptops (and Trust) Over Time
Of course, creating a successful co-engineering partnership doesn’t happen overnight. It can take several generations for companies to establish the rapport and shared language to make co-engineering as highly successful as it is between Intel and Lenovo.
“The Lenovo Yoga 9i was co-engineered through trust and collaboration,” Xuefeng Zhang, Field Application Engineer at Intel said. “At times, groups of twenty or more engineers would sit side-by-side and solve engineering challenges together.”
Lenovo Yoga 9i: A Ground-Breaking Design
As one of the newest members of the Lenovo Yoga family, this laptop epitomizes premium design and craftsmanship. It is a ground-breaking design that delivers some of the most innovative PC experiences people want and need:
- Smart power for smarter performance: The design of the Yoga 9i is tuned to achieve a high level of performance resulting in better power performance tuning, user experience indicators, debugging and the ability to address silicon-related challenges.
- Intel Evo platform verified: The Yoga 9i was verified to deliver instant wake in less than a second, exceptional responsiveness, longer battery life, as well as intelligent collaboration for an upgraded virtual meeting experience.
- AI smart lighting keyboard: This automatically activates in a dark environment to facilitate a better typing experience.
- 4K OLED IPS touchscreen: The screen in a 16:10 format for less scrolling and a 60Hz refresh rate for everyday computing.
- TUV Low Blue Light certification: This laptop is designed to help reduce eye strain.
- An unparalleled entertainment experience: This design touts an ultra-vivid picture quality along with the immersive sound of Dolby Atmos® coming through a rotating soundbar with quad Bowers & Wilkins® speakers.
- 1-click function keys: Customers will have multitasking convenience and an edge-to-edge keyboard layout. It also features a new bar of 1-Click Function Keys with additional shortcut keys marked with user-friendly icons for quick access to frequently used features.
- Smart Options: The Yoga 9i’s FHD IR hybrid webcam with privacy shutter and facial smart login keeps things simpler and more secure, while smart power supports better battery optimization and thermals with 28W thermal design power to keep your system cool, plus reduced fan noise for quieter use.
Successful co-engineering always involves a participant beyond the technology companies collaborating on a product. The most important participant is always the customer, whose experiences and requirements drive innovation forward.
“We are always listening to customer feedback and user insights to understand their needs,” said Derek Yang, product manager at Lenovo. “These insights are critical in informing the next generation of Lenovo laptops built on the Evo platform in collaboration with Intel.”