Intel Core Ultra processors debut for AI-powered PCs

Intel launched its Intel Core Ultra processors for AI-powered PCs at its AI Everywhere event today.

The big chip maker said these processors spearhead a new era in computing, offering unparalleled power efficiency, superior compute and graphics performance, and an unprecedented AI PC experience to mobile platforms and edge devices.

Available immediately, these processors will be used in over 230 AI PCs coming from renowned partners like Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, and more.

Michelle Johnston Holthaus, Intel’s executive vice president and general manager of the client computing group, said in a statement that the Intel Core Ultra launch will show the company’s pivotal role in ushering AI into the PC landscape. Holthaus projected that by 2028, AI-powered PCs would dominate 80% of the PC market, marking a substantial leap in computing evolution.

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The Intel Core Ultra processors represent an architectural shift for Intel, marking its largest design change in 40 years. These processors harness the Intel 4 process technology and Foveros 3D advanced packaging, leveraging leading-edge processes for optimal performance and capabilities.

The processors boast a performance-core (P-core) architecture enhancing instructions per cycle (IPC). Efficient-cores (E-cores) and low-power Efficient-cores (LP E-cores). They deliver up to 11% more compute power compared to competitors, ensuring superior CPU performance for ultrathin PCs.

  • Intel Arc GPU: Featuring up to eight Xe-cores, this GPU incorporates AI-based Xe Super Sampling, offering double the graphics performance compared to prior generations. It includes support for modern graphics features like ray tracing, mesh shading, AV1 encode and decode, HDMI 2.1, and DisplayPort 2.1 20G.
  • AI Boost NPU: Intel’s latest NPU, Intel AI Boost, focuses on low-power, long-running AI tasks, augmenting AI processing on the CPU and GPU, offering 2.5x better power efficiency compared to its predecessors.
  • Advanced Performance Capabilities: With up to 16 cores, 22 threads, and Intel Thread Director for optimized workload scheduling, these processors boast a maximum turbo frequency of 5.1 GHz and support for up to 96 GB DDR5 memory capacity.
  • Cutting-edge Connectivity: Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6E and support for discrete Intel Wi-Fi 7 deliver blazing wireless speeds, while Thunderbolt 4 ensures connectivity to multiple 4K monitors and fast storage with speeds of 40 Gbps.
  • Enhanced AI Performance: OpenVINO toolkits, ONNX, and ONNX Runtime offer streamlined workflow, automatic device detection, and enhanced AI performance.

The latest Intel Evo edition laptops, adorned with the Intel Core Ultra processors, promise good laptop performance with enhanced battery life, instant wake, fast charging, high-quality cameras, and extended connectivity features.

As Intel continues to make new partnerships and expand its Engineered for Intel Evo program, the future of computing looks promising, marking a pivotal step towards AI-powered PCs and devices that redefine the very essence of personal computing.

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