As a part of Intel’s Innovation 2023 convention, the corporate just isn’t solely exhibiting off their present and soon-to-be-current merchandise like Meteor Lake, however the forward-looking keynote by CEO Pat Gelsinger was additionally used to showcase future generations of Intel merchandise. Maybe the most important shock this yr being Intel’s Lunar Lake platform, which is already up and operating to the purpose the place Intel can do demos on it.
Lunar Lake is Intel’s 2025 shopper platform, which is scheduled to reach after Meteor Lake (very late 2023) and Arrow Lake (2024). Ultimately disclosure from Intel, it will be a brand-new platform, changing the shared Meteor/Arrow platform. At this level, confirmed particulars are few and much between, apart from that will probably be larger and higher than Meteor Lake.
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In any case, as a part of this yr’s Innovation keynote, Gelsinger & co ran a pair of AI demos on their Lunar Lake check field. The primary was Riffusion, an AI music era plugin for Audacity that may generate music based mostly on the type of one other artist. The second demo was the now traditional Steady Diffusion text-to-image era mannequin. Each demos had been in a position to leverage the chip’s NPU, which is a brand new processing block for Intel shopper chips beginning with the approaching Meteor Lake.
And whereas the demo was temporary, it served its objective: to point out that Lunar Lake was again from the fab, and was already in adequate form not simply besides and OS, however to point out off managed demos. Intel has made it clear over the previous few years that they intend to maneuver quick to make up for misplaced time and recapture management of the shopper market (each by way of structure and fabs), so they’re keen to point out off their progress right here.
Maybe probably the most attention-grabbing factor in regards to the demo was what wasn’t stated, nonetheless: the method node used for Lunar Lake’s compute (CPU) tile. In Intel’s earliest (and nonetheless most up-to-date) public roadmap, Lunar Lake was listed to be constructed on the Intel 18A course of. Nonetheless, different disclosures from Intel right this moment point out that they’re solely going to be beginning threat manufacturing of 18A silicon in Q1’2024. Which implies that for Lunar Lake to be working right this moment, it may’t be on 18A.
That leaves 20A as by far the most certainly various, which is due sooner and is already turning out working wafers. Which implies that Intel is planning on utilizing 20A over two generations of shopper processors: Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake. We’re nonetheless ready on affirmation of this, after all, however all indicators presently level to Lunar Lake having shifted to 20A since Intel’s earlier replace.