Intel Arrow Lake Gaming CPUs With AI Accelerators Coming This Fall, Next-Gen Lunar Lake Brings Significant IPC & Over 3X NPU Uplifts

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Intel Arrow Lake Gaming CPUs With AI Accelerators Coming This Fall, Next-Gen Lunar Lake Brings Significant IPC & Over 3X NPU Uplifts

Intel has said that its next-gen Arrow Lake gaming CPUs will be coming later this fall while the Lunar Lake CPUs will mark a major IPC & NPU uplift.

Intel Promises To Bring Arrow Lake “AI” Gaming CPUs This Fall Followed By Next-Gen Lunar With Significant IPC & NPU Uplifts

Intel’s Arrow Lake CPUs will be the follow-up to the Meteor Lake family and fall under the Core Ultra Series 2 lineup. These next-gen CPUs will be coming to both desktops and laptops and will focus mainly on the gaming segment, offering what Intel is referring to as the “First Gaming CPU with an AI Accelerator”. These CPUs are expected to enter the market later this year in fall 2024.

Meanwhile, Intel also teased the capabilities of its next-gen Lunar Lake CPUs which are scheduled for a 2025 release. These chips will get a brand-new CPU core architecture and offer significant IPC improvements. In addition to that, Intel also said that the Lunar Lake CPUs will offer over 3X faster NPU performance which is similar to AMD’s claim who have mentioned a 3x improvement in NPU AI acceleration with its next-gen Strix Point APUs.

Based on what we know so far, the Intel Arrow Lake CPUs will come to both desktops (Arrow Lake-S / LGA 1851) and laptops (Arrow Lake-H/HX/U) series. These chips will cater to the high-end segment, finally replacing the existing 13th and 14th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs while also dropping in for the mainstream platforms which are currently powered by Intel’s Meteor Lake “Core Ultra Series 1” CPUs. These chips will feature the Lion Cove P-Core and a mix of Skymont/Crestmont E-Cores while the GPU side will come packed with a slightly tuned Alchemist+ “Xe-LPG+” graphics architecture.

Meanwhile, Intel’s Lunar Lake CPUs will be based on an upgraded core architecture with Skymont serving as the E-Core design. These chips will get a faster NPU and also a brand new iGPU in the form of the Battlemage “Xe2-LPG” architecture. Lunar Lake CPUs have already been said to deliver huge performance/watt increases and will mainly be targeted at thin and light notebooks when they arrive in 2025.

Intel Mobility CPU Lineup:

CPU Family Lunar Lake Arrow Lake Meteor Lake Raptor Lake Alder Lake
Process Node (CPU Tile) Intel 20A? Intel 20A ‘5nm EUV” Intel 4 ‘7nm EUV’ Intel 7 ’10nm ESF’ Intel 7 ’10nm ESF’
Process Node (GPU Tile) TSMC 3nm? TSMC 3nm TSMC 5nm Intel 7 ’10nm ESF’ Intel 7 ’10nm ESF’
CPU Architecture Hybrid Hybrid (Four-Core) Hybrid (Triple-Core) Hybrid (Dual-Core) Hybrid (Dual-Core)
P-Core Architecture Lion Cove? Lion Cove Redwood Cove Raptor Cove Golden Cove
E-Core Architecture Skymont? Skymont Crestmont Gracemont Gracemont
LP E-Core Architecture (SOC) Skymont? Crestmont? Crestmont? N/A N/A
Top Configuration TBD TBD 6+8 (H-Series) 6+8 (H-Series)
8+16 (HX-Series)
6+8 (H-Series)
8+8 (HX-Series)
Max Cores / Threads TBD TBD 14/20 14/20 14/20
Planned Lineup U Series? H/P/U Series H/P/U Series H/P/U Series H/P/U Series
GPU Architecture Xe2-LPG (Battlemage) Xe-LPG (Alchemist) Xe-LPG (Alchemist) Iris Xe (Gen 12) Iris Xe (Gen 12)
GPU Execution Units 64 EUs 192 EUs 128 EUs (1024 Cores) 96 EUs (768 Cores) 96 EUs (768 Cores)
Memory Support TBD TBD DDR5-5600
LPDDR5-7400
LPDDR5X – 7400+
DDR5-5200
LPDDR5-5200
LPDDR5-6400
DDR5-4800
LPDDR5-5200
LPDDR5X-4267
Memory Capacity (Max) TBD TBD 96 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Thunderbolt 4 Ports TBD TBD 4 4 4
WiFi Capability TBD TBD WiFi 6E WiFi 6E WiFi 6E
TDP TBD TBD 7W-45W 15-55W 15-55W
Launch ~2025 2H 2024 2H 2023 1H 2023 1H 2022

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