Lunar Lake Chips
Lunar Lake Chips

Intel unveils Lunar Lake chips and the Copilot+ AI PC Chip

What To Know

  • Intel recently announced that its upcoming Lunar Lake chips will be available for Copilot+ AI PCs, and the company provided more technical details at Computex.
  • The Lunar Lake chips will feature a new Xe2 GPU, promising 80 percent faster gaming performance than the previous generation, and an AI accelerator with an additional 67 TOPS of performance.
  • Overall, Intel’s Lunar Lake chips represent a substantial advancement in AI performance, gaming capabilities, and system efficiency.
  • As the AI race intensifies, these new chips could offer a competitive edge in the evolving landscape of AI PCs.

Intel recently announced that its upcoming Lunar Lake chips will be available for Copilot+ AI PCs, and the company provided more technical details at Computex. These new chips will offer up to 48 TOPs (tera operations per second) of AI performance, thanks to an updated neural processing unit (NPU).

For comparison, Intel’s previous Meteor Lake chips had a 10 TOPS NPU, while AMD’s newly announced Ryzen AI 300 chips boast 50 TOPS NPUs. The AI competition is heating up. Intel is playing catch-up in the AI PC market.

AMD’s Ryzen AI 300 chips will be available in July, alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus. While it’s not clear exactly when Lunar Lake systems will launch but Intel fans can look forward to significant upgrades.

The Lunar Lake chips will feature a new Xe2 GPU, promising 80 percent faster gaming performance than the previous generation, and an AI accelerator with an additional 67 TOPS of performance. We’re still waiting to see how AMD’s new Radeon graphics will compare.

In a surprising move, Lunar Lake chips will also include onboard memory, similar to Apple Silicon. They will come with either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, which cannot be upgraded later. By integrating the memory closer to the processor cores, Intel has reduced latency and system power usage by 40 percent. However, if you need more RAM, you’ll have to wait for Intel’s next chip family, Arrow Lake.

Lunar Lake will also feature eight cores with revamped performance and efficient cores (P-cores and E-cores). The chip includes an “advanced low-power island” to efficiently handle background tasks. Thanks to these and other optimizations, Intel claims that battery life is 60 percent better than Meteor Lake.

Intel and AMD are both pushing hard to compete with Qualcomm’s Copilot+ hardware. Qualcomm’s mobile chips are inherently more power-efficient, reportedly offering over 20 hours of battery life on Copilot+ Surface devices, though this has yet to be tested.

When it comes to connectivity, Lunar Lake will support the latest standards: Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.4, PCIe Gen5, and Thunderbolt 4. Interestingly, Intel has not committed to Thunderbolt 5 yet, even though it plans to launch that standard later this year.

Given how far off Lunar Lake’s release is, Intel hasn’t provided specific chip models or detailed specs. However, company benchmarks shared during a media briefing ahead of Computex suggest it will be significantly faster than Meteor Lake.

For instance, while running Stable Diffusion, Lunar Lake completed 20 iterations in 5.8 seconds compared to 20.9 seconds for Meteor Lake. Although it consumes a few more watts of power, the increased speed should compensate for this.

Overall, Intel’s Lunar Lake chips represent a substantial advancement in AI performance, gaming capabilities, and system efficiency. As the AI race intensifies, these new chips could offer a competitive edge in the evolving landscape of AI PCs.