Intel on Tuesday unveiled its ‘Meteor Lake’ processors that may make their strategy to computer systems by the tip of the 12 months. The brand new Intel Core Extremely chips are constructed utilizing the corporate’s 7nm “Intel 4” know-how and are the primary processors from Intel to be outfitted with a devoted neural processing unit (NPU) for improved on-device AI efficiency. Like rivals AMD and Qualcomm, Intel’s upcoming chips use chiplets — or tiles for various parts on the identical chip. Intel has additionally touted the power of its chip to run generative AI instruments extra effectively on a laptop computer.
Launching on December 14, the upcoming Meteor Lake processors from Intel will succeed the agency’s Raptor Lake CPUs that had been introduced final 12 months. The chipmaker says that Meteor Lake represents the most important architectural shift within the firm’s processor design in 4 many years, and the top-of-the-line chip is named the Intel Core Extremely — Intel seems to have switched to a brand new moniker for its high-end PC chip.
Because of Intel’s use of chiplets, the brand new Meteor Lake processors will use much less energy and provide higher efficiency, in response to Intel. This implies that the Meteor Lake CPUs would possibly really be aimed toward laptop computer customers. The “Compute Tile” has efficiency and effectivity cores which can be claimed to supply a lot better battery effectivity, in addition to the corporate’s first built-in NPU AI engine.
The processor additionally has devoted tiles for Media and Graphics, which can be independently connected to the SoC. They will also be turned on and off independently, in response to Intel. The “Graphics” tile on the processor is an “Xe LPG” GPU that’s outfitted with 8 Xe cores and gives help for ray tracing and XeSS — Intel’s know-how to ‘upscale’ content material.
Connectivity choices on the “I/O Tile” Meteor Lake processors embody Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.4, native HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 2.1, PCIe Gen 5, and Thunderbolt 4. it seems that clients must wait a couple of extra months earlier than Intel introduces the primary chips with help for the just lately introduced Thunderbolt 5 commonplace.
Intel has additionally touted the power of its Meteor Lake ‘Intel Core Extremely’ chips to run AI duties utilizing the built-in NPU. The chips are anticipated to have the ability to run generative AI instruments much like ChatGPT on their pc with out sending information to a cloud service. The devoted NPU also needs to provide improved efficiency when utilizing AI options which can be anticipated to make their strategy to Home windows sooner or later.
Pricing for Intel’s Meteor Lake processors have not been introduced, however we are able to count on to listen to extra about these processors nearer to the December 14 launch date, together with which OEMs would be the first to carry the brand new chips to shoppers and whether or not they are going to function in each laptops and desktop computer systems.