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Reportedly, Intel’s Lunar Lake processors have been pushed back to the fourth quarter of 2024, after initially being scheduled for release in the third quarter of that year.

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Reportedly, Intel’s Core Ultra 200V “Lunar Lake” processors have supposedly been pushed back to the final quarter of 2024. These chips, set to be the focal point of Team Blue’s “AI PC” marketing strategy, are anticipated to deliver more than 100 TOPS of inferencing throughput, along with a 45 TOP NPU unit. DigiTimes reported that the Lunar Lake lineup is facing a delay of one quarter, with shipments slated to begin in September rather than the initially planned June.

If this delay is indeed accurate, Intel could find itself at a disadvantage compared to AMD and Qualcomm. Both rivals have already started shipping their next-gen notebook designs featuring advanced NPU units. AMD recently revealed its Ryzen AI 300 “Strix Point” processors at Computex, showcasing comparable NPU performance.

AMD Computex Presentation

The Ryzen AI 300 series, spearheaded by the Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 and the Ryzen AI 9 365, marks AMD’s first true hybrid core processors incorporating a blend of 4x Zen 5 and 8x Zen 5c cores. Paired with a Radeon 890M iGPU boasting 16 CUs (or 1,024 shader cores), these processors offer performance akin to an RTX 3050. Their NPU unit, fueled by the XDNA 2 architecture, delivers 50 TOPS of AI inferencing throughput.

Unlike Strix Point, Lunar Lake has the advantage of a whole node as it utilizes TSMC’s 3nm (N3B) process, contrasting with Strix Point’s reliance on 4nm (N4P). AMD’s RDNA 3.5 integrated graphics, a swifter NPU unit, and a unified ISA across all cores are set to be key assets against Intel’s Core Ultra 200 lineup.

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