Meteor Lake: The Heart of Intel's AI PC
The newest chips from Intel offer more than just a speed bump. Meteor Lake is built with Foveros 3D packaging technology, a radical new packaging technology that's Intel's largest architectural shift in 40 years, And Meteor Lake marks not only a fundamental rethinking of Intel’s processor design, but also its approach to fabricating its processors – these are the company’s first mainstream chips to use silicon from a competing fab.
Intel leans on TSMC’s process node tech for three of the four active tiles on the processor, selecting two less expensive TSMC nodes for some functions, and one higher-density and higher-performance TSMC node than its own ‘Intel 4’ node that it uses for its CPU tile.
▶ Meteor Lake: Core Ultra Architecture Detailed ▶ Meteor Lake GPU: Chip doubles Integrated Graphics Performance Per Watt ▶ Meteor Lake VPU: The power of AI acceleration for PCs demonstrated
With Meteor Lake, Intel has baked AI directly into the chip through a neural processing unit (NPU), a dedicated AI engine that’s designed specifically to run sustained AI inference workloads. Paired with a forthcoming version of Windows supporting deep AI integration, expected summer of 2024, Meteor Lake could herald the beginning of the AI PC age, computers that can tap into AI to simplify our computing experience and make laptops and desktops exponentially more powerful.
These are needed changes as Intel looks to regain the lead over its primary fab competitor, TSMC, in process node tech, and outmaneuver its primary chip competitor, AMD, with its new chiplet-based architecture. Intel also has to fend off Apple, which has now made a disruptive entrance into the laptop market with faster, more power efficient processors. Will Intel succeed? Will the AI PC take off? Tom's Hardware is your guide to this pivotal new innovation.
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Samsung reportedly scores a big design win with Intel to supply LPDDR5X memory for Lunar Lake CPUs.
Minisforum has unveiled several new mini PCs at CES 2024, including its first Intel Core Ultra powered device, and the first with a discrete AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT GPU inside.
A promotional image showing an MSI-branded handheld gaming PC has leaked, as have a pair of Geekbench CPU test results which show the new device has a lot in common with the Asus ROG Ally.
Intel Meteor Lake Arc Graphics is pit against its predecessors in a benchmarking run from Phoronix, showing the gen-over-gen improvement in both iGPU performance and iGPU power efficiency from Intel.
LG refreshes its Gram series of laptops and adds a new series of Gram Pro laptops, which also include a 2-in-1 configuration directly comparable to other "hybrid" laptop/tablet designs.
An issue affected the power draw of Meteor Lake laptops until Intel identified the problem and provided a BIOS fix to OEMs.
One of the first Meteor Lake NUCs is already arriving in the form of ASRocks Industrial's NUC Ultra 100.
The Intel Core Ultra 7 155H gets benchmarked under Linux against the Ryzen 7 7840U and the Core i7 1280P, revealing significant improvements over past-generation iGPU architecture.
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