Intel Unveils Intel Core Ultra Series with Dedicated Neural Processing Unit, Paving the Way for the ‘AI PC’ Era
Intel has made a groundbreaking announcement during the Intel Innovation keynote, introducing the Intel Core Ultra series of processors, poised to usher in the era of the “AI PC.” These processors, codenamed Meteor Lake, will mark Intel’s debut in providing consumer-grade chips equipped with a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) designed to power AI-driven tasks for consumers. Intel’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, shared this exciting news during the keynote and revealed that these processors are set to hit the market on December 14 of this year.
Gelsinger emphasized the transformative impact of AI on the PC experience, stating, “AI will fundamentally transform, reshape, and restructure the PC experience – unleashing personal productivity and creativity through the power of the cloud and PC working together. We are ushering in a new age of the AI PC.”
The Intel Core Ultra series, in addition to its dedicated NPU and acclaimed “power-efficient performance” made possible by advanced 7nm Intel 4 process technology, will feature an enhanced integrated GPU leveraging Intel Arc graphics architecture. Although the chips themselves have not yet been physically examined, the improved GPU alone holds the potential to position these processors as top contenders for 2023, particularly for budget-friendly systems not requiring a dedicated GPU.