Intel Goes All in on AI


Intel plans to provide the technology necessary to bring artificial intelligence everywhere — from its upcoming Meteor Lake processors to a large AI supercomputer it intends to build to support Stability AI.

All of this was shared at the company’s third annual Intel Innovation event where the focus was on AI and how the company would bring an array of technologies across all workloads — from personal computers through the cloud.

Intel used this opportunity to preview its next-generation Xeon processors and says that its 5th-generation chips will bring a combination of performance improvements and faster memory while using the same amount of power. These chips are designed for use in data centers and will launch on December 14.

The company also announced the general availability of the Intel Developer Cloud, which it says gives developers an easy path to test and deploy AI and high-performance computing applications and solutions across the latest Intel CPUs, GPUs, and AI accelerators.

Intel will also build a large AI supercomputer made up entirely of its Xeon processors as well as 4,000 Intel Gaudi2 AI hardware accelerators to support AI customers, the main “anchor” of which is Stability AI.

“Recent MLPerf AI inference performance results further reinforce Intel’s commitment to addressing every phase of the AI continuum, including the largest, most challenging generative AI and large language models. The results also spotlight the Intel Gaudi2 accelerator as the only viable alternative on the market for AI compute needs,” the company says.

Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger believes that AI is poised to become intrinsic in everyday life, and represents a “generational shift” where computing will become even more foundational to a better future for everyone.

“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,” he says. “We are ushering in a new age of the AI PC.”

Intel says that this new experience on PC will be driven by its upcoming Core Ultra processors, codenamed Meteor Lake. These will feature the company’s first integrated neural processing unit (NPU) that it says will allow for power-efficient AI acceleration and local inference on the PC. That power efficiency is made possible thanks to Intel 4 process technology and the new processor brings discrete-level graphics performance with onboard Intel Arc.

These new Core Ultra chips will launch on December 14.

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