Intel would completely rethink its processors against Qualcomm and Apple

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Questioned by a British journalist, one of Intel’s top executives gave some first information about Lunar Lake. Here’s what we know so far about Intel’s future architecture for mobile devices.

We are starting to see (a bit) clearer about the Lunar Lake architecture // Source: Intel

By the end of January, Intel should give us more information about a new chip architecture that’s pretty mysterious at the moment: Lunar Lake. With it, the group wants to be able to venture more serenely into the field of ultraportable PCs, while responding to the growing importance of Apple and Qualcomm (which is working on a chip that competes with Apple Silicon processors) in mobility.

However, today we know a little more about this Intel project thanks to Ian Cutress, a consultant and former journalist for the specialized site AnandTech. On Twitter, the data subject in fact reports what has already been confirmed to him by Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vice president of Intel and general manager of its Client Computing Group. Lunar Lake will be a completely new CPU architecture, built from the ground up to find the best possible balance between performance and power consumption.

Chips engraved in less than 2 nm…

If more details about this architecture were to be revealed to us on January 26 during Intel’s financial results announcement, VideoCardz supplements these first confirmations with old information gradually being shared by Intel. We are reminded in particular that this new design should take advantage of a “sub-20A” recording protocol, in this case Intel’s 18A node (below the 2nm mark).

Of @Intel @MJHolthaus : Lunar Lake is a new uArch design and CPU, built with performance/watt in mind for mobile devices. More information in the financial disclosure on 26

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Always according to the specialized site, Lunar Lake should target the mobile segment with a TDP of around 15 W. Therefore, we would find these chips in our future ultraportable PCs and potentially in Windows tablets… but not for almost two years . In fact, Intel had mentioned a release date during 2024, at best, and probably after the launch of the Arrow Lake (15th generation) chips, expected in late 2023 or early 2024.

Source: Intel

According to previous rumors, Lunar Lake chips should finally benefit from the CPU, GPU (probably Xe2-LPG) and VPU parts being “upgraded” and equipped with lower thermal envelopes than previous generations. So this new design should offer a full day of battery life for the devices in question, without compromising performance, Michelle Johnston Holthaus promised. More details to come in two weeks.

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