Intel presented its new processors Core Ultra, the first to have an artificial intelligence coprocessor. A few months after announcing preliminary details, the manufacturer launched its next generation of chips. Meteor Lake are not only distinguished by the change of architecturea, but for being the first to get rid of the Core ix nomenclature.
As part of its AI Everywhere event, Intel announced the mobile versions of its Core Ultra processors, which will be available on laptops from manufacturers like Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte and others. Meteor Lake is focused on performance tasks without sacrificing autonomy, which is achieved thanks to its modular design. Intel implemented a tile-based architecture, where each one is intended for a specific task,
Core Ultra is the first Intel 4 based processor which uses Foveros 3D packaging technology. Although the design with chiplets It is not new in the industry — we see it in mobile processors from AMD and Qualcomm — it is Intel’s debut. The new architecture includes low power efficiency cores (LP E), which can perform lower consumption tasks and operate on their own.
The most important novelty of the Core Ultra is the presence of a neural processing unit (NPU), intended for artificial intelligence tasks. Intel mentioned that the NPU is capable of handling long-duration workloads with low power consumption. In more complex processes, such as creating content with AI or low latency loads, you will rely on the CPU and GPU.
The company is working with a hundred software providers and announced that 300+ AI-accelerated features will be optimized for Core Ultra processors.
Intel’s most important generational leap
Although artificial intelligence is the protagonist, Intel has paid special attention to the GPU. Gone are the days when we made fun of the company’s integrated graphics. For Core Ultra processors, the manufacturer He used his Arc cards and offers a new Xe LPG architecture that provides double the performance compared to the previous generation.
Intel unified the development of its GPUs, so The advances that we see in discrete cards will also reach the integrated versions. The Core Ultra’s GPU will offer support for DirectX 12 with hardware-accelerated ray tracing, mesh shading, and XESS intelligent scaling technology.
Another notable feature is the resistance mode, which optimize games with DX 11 to enjoy them for longer. When activated, the GPU will limit values such as frame rate (30 FPS) and other functions in order to reduce energy consumption and increase battery time. This will be optional and will depend on each hardware manufacturer if they decide to offer it on their laptop.
Intel Core Ultra: price and availability
The family Core Ultra includes H (high performance) and U (low power) models. The processors offer up to 16 cores (six P cores, eight E cores, two E LP cores), 22 threads and a maximum frequency of 5.1 GHz. The chip supports up to 64 GB LP5/x and 96 GB of DDR5 memory. Finally, support is added for Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+), discrete Wi-Fi 7 (5 Gigs) and a tool to optimize the connection.
Core Ultra processors will be available in laptops from various manufacturers starting today and throughout 2024. Intel partnered with Acer, ASUS, Dell, Dynabook, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI and Samsung. Google will add the chips to the next Chromebook, while Microsoft will do the same with the Surface in its next iteration.