Intel’s Lunar Lake processors will arrive in the third quarter of 2024

From the third quarter of 2024, the upcoming processors for Intel customers (codenamed Lunar Lake) will power more than 80 new laptop designs in more than 20 OEMs, offering global AI performance for Copilot+ PCs. Lunar Lake will incorporate Copilot+ experiences, such as Recall, through an update when available. Building on the success of Intel’s processors, namely the Intel‍ Core Ultra processor and the addition of Lunar Lake, Intel will distribute more than 40 million AI processors for PCs this year.

“With revolutionary energy efficiency, trusted support from the x86 architecture and the industry’s most comprehensive software catalog in CPU, GPU and NPU, we will offer the most competitive joint hardware and software offering for customers in our history with Lunar Lake and Copilot+”, said Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vicepresident and General Director of Client Computing Group in Intel.

What is an AI PC?

An AI PC has a central processing unit (CPU), a graphics processing unit (GPU) and a neural processing unit (NPU), each with specific AI acceleration capabilities. An NPU is a specialized accelerator that efficiently manages AI and machine learning (ML) tasks directly on the PC, rather than sending data for cloud processing. The PC with AI is increasingly important as the need to automate, streamline and optimize tasks on the PC grows.

Lunar Lake is expected to be a revolutionary mobile AI PC processor, with AI performance more than 3 times higher than the previous generation. With over 40 teras of NPU operations per second (TOPS), the next generation of Intel processors will provide the capabilities needed for the Copilot+ experiences that will hit the market. In addition to higher performance NPUs, Lunar Lake will also be equipped with more than 60 GPU TOPS that will provide more than 100 platform TOPS.

“The launch of Lunar Lake will bring significant improvements in safety, battery life and much more thanks to our deep engineering collaboration with Intel. We are excited to see Lunar Lake coming to market with an NPU of over 40 TOPS that will deliver Microsoft’s Copilot+ experiences at scale when available,” said Pavan Davuluri, Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices at Microsoft.

A comprehensive approach to AI requires a robust software development infrastructure coupled with hardware innovation. As part of the AI PC Acceleration Program, Intel is working with more than 100 independent software vendors to improve AI experiences on PCs for personal assistants, audio effects, content creation, games, security, streaming, video collaboration and others.