Intel revealed, this Monday (03), during Computex 2024, the new microarchitecture of the efficiency cores (e-cores) and performance cores (p-cores) of the Lunar Lake chip family.

While e-cores use a structure called Skymont, p-cores are Lion Cove. In total, there are eight cores, four for efficiency and four for performance.

According to Intel, together with the new Xe 2 graphics processing units, NPU 4 (neural processing unit) and IPU (image processing unit), the Skymont and Lion Cove structures bring “unprecedented” x86 efficiency.

Intel revealed details of the Lunar Lake family at Computex 2024 in Taiwan. (Image: Intel/Disclosure)

While e-cores aim to increase the scalability of device operations and VNNI (Vector Neural Network Instructions) capacity, p-cores focus on increasing IPC (Instructions per cycle). The unit of measurement defines how many operations the chip processes each clock cycle.

In fact, the increase in IPC is one of the main advances brought by new microarchitectures. The IPC of Skymont and Lion Cove are showing double-digit increases compared to the Crestmont structure, from the Meteor Lake family.

According to Intel, Lunar Lake processors will be released in artificial intelligence PC devices starting in the third quarter of 2024.


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