Intel's New Lunar Lake Processor Explained

Intel’s New Lunar Lake Processor Explained

Intel recently held its third Tech Tour in Taipei, right before Computex, in order to announce to its next-gen processor, codenamed, Lunar Lake, to the world. Despite initially looking like it might be a simple evolutionary upgrade over the previous Meteor Lake processor architecture, it quickly became apparent that it was actually more like a fully-tuned Meteor Lake processor.

Information about Lunar Lake spread from a wide-reaching Keynote introduction to individual sessions that went into techie deep-dives regarding the details of each processor component’s construction. This session, however, from Intel’s VP of Client Ai Marketing, provides the best, detailed overview of the new Lunar Lake architecture from a generalist techie perspective. It’s less-than 45 minutes long and is well worth watching…

Rob Hallock gives a rundown on what makes Intel’s Lunar Lake great.

Top 10 tl;dr bullet points on Intel Lunar Lake

1. Every component has been updated with performance-per-Watt and energy efficiency being the core consideration.

2. Peak performance is superior across the board.

3. Battery life will be “Extraordinary.”

4. A new ‘Thread Director’ sends workloads to the (now crucially important) Efficiency cores which now provide a computers’ baseline performance.

5. Hyperthreading is gone because it’s too ‘Architecturally complicated.’

6. GPU importance (using new Xe2 cores) has been escalated both because of Ai development and because people want to play games on business laptops.

7. Ai development across CPU, NPU and GPU can more-easily be segmented and combined.

8. ‘Memory on Package’ is where the main improvements appear.

9. The CPU, NPU and GPU can provide a combined 120 TOPS Ai processing power.

10. 30 – 35 per cent of developers only want to develop on the NPU.

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