Currently, we are still before the premiere of the 1st generation of Intel Core Ultra processors from the Meteor Lake family. These systems were designed for notebooks and are intended to offer, among others: new Performance, Efficient and Low Power Efficient cores, new Intel ARC Graphics graphics system, new lithography (Intel 4 and TSMC N5), and will also be characterized by higher energy efficiency. The manufacturer plans to premiere Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake processors for next year. A lot of information about the latter has just appeared on the Internet.
A lot of details have appeared on the Internet about Intel Lunar Lake MX processors, which will be available in laptops next year.
Intel Arrow Lake, Lunar Lake and Panther Lake – new information about Intel Core Ultra processors for PC
Today, Intel is dealing with a pretty solid leak of information about next year’s Lunar Lake processors. This generation was designed with high energy efficiency in mind, so they will be used mainly in slim laptops. The company’s materials show that Lunar Lake MX (this is exactly the name used) will be divided into Core 7 and Core 5 units, in both cases using 8 cores: 4 of the Performance and Low Power Efficient types. The diagram below shows that the Compute Tile / GFX tile will contain both types of cores, but the SoC will be deprived of them.
Intel Lunar Lake – the new generation of processors will receive cores based on the Lion Cove and Skymont architecture
Intel Lunar Lake MX will be built on a similar principle to Apple Silicon systems. Both the processor and two stacks of LPDDR5X-8533 memory are placed on one socket. Unified RAM will affect, among others: to increase bandwidth, which will also be important from the point of view of the new, integrated graphics system. Intel’s materials confirm that Lunar Lake MX will be the first to use Xe systems from the second generation of Battlemage, offering up to 8 Xe-Core blocks (these will support, among others, Ray Tracing or various resolution scaling methods). Introduction of the so-called Memory on Package (MoP) will also reduce power consumption and the space needed to install both components. The entire base will have dimensions of 27 x 27.5 mm. The built-in Battlemage graphics chip will again support HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.1 digital formats. According to one of the slides, the new graphics chip will hardware support encoding using the VVC / H.266 codec, which is the successor of HEVC / H.265. There will also be support for Thunderbolt 4 and Thunderbolt 5 (up to three USB 4.0 Type C connectors). Intel Lunar Lake MX will also introduce a more advanced NPU 4.0 (Neural Processing Unit) chip for faster acceleration of artificial intelligence calculations.
Intel Lunar Lake MX will also be fully compatible with the latest wireless standards – WiFi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4. The new systems will also offer 4 PCIe 5.0 and PCIe 4.0 lanes. Lunar Lake MX systems will operate on different energy limits – with a TDP of 8 W there will be no need to use an active cooling system (no fans), so laptops with such processor variants will be characterized by excellent operation culture. Using an active cooling system, TDP Lunar Lake MX is expected to operate in the range of 17 to 30 W. Intel is currently planning four models; two for the Core 7 and Core 5 series. Intel Core 7 processors will offer 16 or 32 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 8 Xe Battlemage blocks in the integrated graphics system. Intel Core 5 units, in turn, will also receive 16 or 32 GB of LPDDR5X RAM, and the iGPU system will be reduced to 7 Xe blocks.-