The latest “Meteor Lake” processor from Intel, which features an AI-based neural processing unit, was on display.
The Meteor Lake processors will debut in December under the Intel Core Ultra processors brand and the AI PC product lines, according to Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, in a keynote address at the Intel Innovation event.
The goal is to democratize artificial intelligence (AI) and broaden the applications it can be used for in other fields. By referring to it as the “Siliconomy” — a new age propelled by the magic of silicon and software — Gelsinger highlighted the revolutionary potential of AI and its role in promoting global expansion. According to Gelsinger, silicon today fuels a $574 billion sector, which in turn drives a worldwide tech economy worth close to $8 trillion.
According to Gelsinger, AI heralds a generational transition that will usher in a new period of global expansion where computing will play an ever more crucial role in securing a brighter future for all. For developers, this opens up enormous societal and commercial potential to push the boundaries of what is possible, to produce solutions to the largest problems facing the globe, and to enhance the quality of life for everyone.
Developers govern this economy, stated Gelsinger in his speech.
Of course, Apple, which incorporates AI into its iPhones, is the other firm democratizing AI by integrating neural processors into its products. The same is true for Android phone manufacturers. Given that there are more smartphones than PCs in use, Intel may be a little sluggish to democratize the world.
Intel highlighted the development of its five-node-in-four-years manufacturing process technology roadmap as it underlined its commitment to technical advancement.
According to Gelsinger, Intel 7 is now in high-volume production, Intel 4 is set up for production, and Intel 3 is still on schedule to be finished by the end of the year. These developments open up new avenues for invention and make it possible to produce Intel Xeon processors of the newest generation.
The first test chips for Intel’s upcoming Arrow Lake processor, which is scheduled to hit the client computing market in 2024, were also displayed by Gelsinger on an Intel 20A wafer. The novel gate-all-around transistor architecture known as RibbonFET and PowerVia, Intel’s backside power delivery technology, will both be introduced in Intel 20A, the company’s first production node. On schedule to be manufacturing-ready in the second half of 2024 is Intel 18A, which also uses PowerVia and RibbonFET.