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Intel's unveils AI-driven solutions at Computex 2024: New processors, accelerators, and Lunar Lake

By Aaron Yip - 8 Jun 2024

Intel's unveils AI-driven solutions at Computex 2024: New processors, accelerators, and Lunar Lake

Note: This feature was first published on 4 June 2024.

2024 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for Intel.

At Computex 2024, Intel unveiled a suite of products that showed its intensified focus on artificial intelligence (AI) across various computing segments. These announcements include new processors aimed at data centres, AI accelerators, and a next-gen client processor architecture.

Xeon is finally getting E-cores.

Xeon will also allow data centres to achieve a 3:1 rack consolidation compared to past generations.

Firstly, Intel introduced its new Xeon 6 processors, featuring Efficient-cores (E-cores), designed for high-density, scale-out workloads. According to Intel, these processors will deliver substantial rack-level performance and power efficiency gains, enabling data centres to achieve a 3:1 rack consolidation, and up to 4.2x performance and 2.6x performance per watt improvements over previous generations.

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The Xeon 6 is built to enhance computing power while reducing energy consumption, which is crucial for modern data centres under pressure to be both powerful and sustainable.

Intel wants to make AI more accessible and affordable with Gaudi 2 and Gaudi 3 AI accelerator kits.

With Gaudi 2 and Gaudi 3 AI accelerator kits, Intel aims to make AI more accessible and affordable. Intel claims these accelerators are priced significantly lower than comparable platforms and are designed to deliver high performance for AI workloads, particularly in generative AI (GenAI) training and inference. In an 8,192-accelerator cluster, Intel says that Gaudi 3 offers a 40 percent faster time-to-train and a 2x faster inference speed compared to NVIDIA's H100 GPU on popular language models.

Lunar Lake may proves to be Intel's most important SoC yet.

Intel says customers can expect to see more than 80 notebook designs from more than 20 makers when Lunar Lake launches later this year.

Finally, Intel revealed its long-awaited Lunar Lake client processor architecture, aimed at driving the next generation of AI-enabled PCs. Lunar Lake promises up to 40 percent lower system-on-chip (SoC) power and over 3x AI compute capability compared to the current-gen Meteor Lake. This architecture is designed to enhance user experience by delivering efficient and powerful AI performance in thin-and-light laptops. Lunar Lake features new Performance-cores and Efficient-cores too, a faster NPU (neural processing unit), and an all-new GPU design dubbed Battlemage, which significantly boosts graphics and AI content creation performance.

During his keynote, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger highlighted how Intel is "revolutionizing AI innovation" and delivering next-generation technologies ahead of schedule. In just six months, the company went from launching 5th Gen Intel Xeon processors to introducing the newest member of the Xeon 6 family, and from previewing Gaudi AI accelerators to offering enterprise customers what Intel claims is "a cost-effective, high-performance" GenAI training and inference system. Gelsinger also noted how Intel has ushered in the AI PC era with its Meteor Lake Core Ultra processors, and now unveiling the next client architecture slated for release later this year in Lunar Lake. The Intel of today indeed demonstrates a sense of urgency that was perhaps less evident five years ago.

Intel faces more competitions than ever, but the tech giant seems to be in a better position now to meet challenges than the past years.

Intel’s announcements come at a time when businesses are grappling with the need to modernise their data centres to stay competitive. The Xeon 6 processors are positioned to meet these needs by offering improved performance and energy efficiency, which can lead to significant cost savings and sustainability benefits. Similarly, the Gaudi AI accelerators aim to lower the barriers to AI adoption, providing a cost-effective alternative to more expensive AI training and inference solutions.

However, data centres now have more choices, with AMD and NVIDIA offering their respective AI and enterprise solutions. Qualcomm is also entering the mobile AI PC segment with its Snapdragon X series processors, and AMD plans to release its Ryzen AI 300 series in July. Lunar Lake will face intense competition even before its launch later this year.

2024 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for Intel.

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