AI PCs: Intel’s New Ultra Xeon Processors with a Dedicated NPU

AI PCs: Intel’s New Ultra Xeon Processors with a Dedicated NPU

Lenovo already launched laptops with Intel’s vision for advanced computing; Image Source: (0)

Breaking News! Intel’s groundbreaking announcement features the new Intel Core Ultra for PCs with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit, Xeon professors with AI efficiency and a glimpse of the Gaudi3 AI accelerator.

AI PCs: Intel’s New Ultra Xeon Processors with a Dedicated NPU

Lenovo already launched laptops with Intel’s vision for advanced computing; Image Source: (0)

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Intel has introduced cutting-edge processing technology, heralding a substantial advancement in computing. Among the highlights are the Intel Core Ultra, a revolutionary CPU, the 5th generation Xeon scalable processor for data centres and a sneak peek at the Gaudi3 AI accelerator slated for 2024.

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The Intel Core Ultra, a revolutionary processor built on Intel's efficient 4nm Intel technology, is at the vanguard of Intel's announcements. The outstanding feature is its dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which ushers in a new era of AI capabilities that promise to change PCs.

The Core Ultra incorporates CPU and GPU advancements, providing nearly 2x more power-efficient AI acceleration than its predecessors. The goal is to serve various AI applications, providing features such as fast video editing. 

Initial performance tests demonstrate considerable advantages, such as 40% faster video editing in Adobe Premier Pro when compared to competitor CPUs. In 2023, the market may expect around 230 laptops and PCs powered by the Core Ultra to join. 

Intel anticipates obtaining a significant market share, potentially accounting for 80% of the market in the future years as AI becomes a vital component for professionals.

New Xeon Processors for Cloud and 5G Edge AI

Intel has unveiled the 5th generation Xeon scalable processor designed for cloud and edge data centres. These CPUs include built-in acceleration to handle AI workloads efficiently. The Xeon processors consistently win in MLPerf AI benchmarks, with up to 42% better inferencing throughput.

Partners' real-world testing showed up to 2.7x quicker AI query performance and a 36% increase in throughput per watt. Intel has deliberately positioned its Xeon processors to support emergent 5G use cases like smart retail and autonomous factories.

Next-Gen Gaudi3 AI Accelerator

Intel provides a tantalizing insight into its upcoming flagship AI accelerator, dubbed Gaudi3. The Gaudi3 is designed to enable deep learning and language models at scale, building on the success of previous Gaudi accelerators. Intel hopes to gain a larger part of the high-growth accelerator industry, which is expected to develop further through 2025.

Lenovo Unveils Intel Evo Laptops

In preparation for CES 2024, Lenovo unveils a lineup of Intel Evo laptops, including outstanding models such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and IdeaPad Pro 5i. These laptops, which are powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra CPUs and run Windows 11, promise ideal power economy and performance.

The ThinkPad X1 series focuses on enhanced thermals, Computer Vision capabilities, and sophisticated display options, including a 14-inch 120Hz OLED display. Sustainability takes centre stage, using recycled materials and a circular design approach.

Other Lenovo Products:
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5i (16", 9): The world's first Intel Evo Edition consumer laptop, providing a superior AI PC experience. It appeals to creators and professionals with capabilities such as up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, a 16:10 OLED 120Hz display, and privacy-focused aspects.
  • Lenovo ThinkVision 27′′ 3D Monitor: Boosts productivity by providing a glasses-free 3D experience with AI-powered 2D-to-3D conversion.
  • Lenovo USB-C two Display Travel Dock: With seven ports, including two 4K monitors, USB, and ethernet connectivity, this dock improves connectivity for USB-C laptops.
  • Lenovo Wireless VoIP Headset: A flexible solution for hybrid workspaces that is Microsoft Teams certified and has multipoint Bluetooth capabilities.
Price and Availability:
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 (Limited configurations starting in December 2023): $2,989 (about ₹2,48,695).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 Gen 9 (available in March 2024): $2,639 (about ₹2,19,575).
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5i (16′′, 9): $1,149.99 (about. ₹95,680).
  • Lenovo ThinkVision 3D Monitor (available in February 2024): $2,999 (about ₹2,49,525).
  • Lenovo USB-C Dual Display Travel Dock (available in March 2024): $109.99 (about. ₹9,150).
  • Lenovo Wireless VoIP Headset (Available in April 2024): $99.99 (about. ₹8,320).

Intel's dedication to an expedited product release schedule, led by CEO Pat Gelsinger, intends to regain the company's dominance in the semiconductor business. The latest advances are in line with Intel's ambition of being a key player in the trillion-dollar semiconductor business by the end of the decade.

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