Intel Panther Lake CPUs To Double The AI Performance Over Lunar Lake, Clearwater Already In Fabs

Intel is bringing in some major AI performance improvements with its next-gen Panther Lake client CPUs while Clearwater Forest chips are in fabs.

Intel Panther Lake CPUs To Follow Clearwater Forest In Fabs Shortly, Delivers 2x AI Uplift In 2025 On 18A Process Node

During the Q4 2024 earnings call, Intel’s CEO, Pat Gelinsger, stated that the Core Ultra platform will be expanded with various new families later this year including Lunar Lake & Arrow Lake, boosting the AI performance capabilities by up to 3x. The next chapter in the Core Ultra series will receive a further 2x boost in 2025 with the arrival of the Panther Lake CPUs which will be a major client CPU platform for desktops and notebooks.

The Core Ultra platform delivers leadership AI performance today with our next-generation platforms launching later this year, Lunar Lake and Arrow Lake tripling our AI performance. In 2025 with Panther Lake, we will grow AI performance up to an additional 2x.

Pat Gelsinger – Intel CEO (Q4 2023 Earnings Call)

Pat also talked about the readiness of the 18A process node which will succeed the 20A node which is being leveraged by Intel’s Arrow Lake client while Intel 3 will be adopted by the Granite Rapids / Sierra Forest Xeon CPUs which 2H 2024. It will be a rather busy launch schedule for Intel in the 2nd half of this year but let’s get back to the 18A progression.

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Intel states that the Clearwater Forest CPUs have already been taped out and have now entered fabs. The Clearwater chips will be based on the next-generation Darkmont E-Core architecture and target the cloud data center segment with an expected 288 cores. Intel has already begun the prep work on these chips as we reported here.

We are first in the industry to have incorporated both gate-all-around and backside power delivery in a single process node, the latter unexpected two years ahead of our competition. Arrow Lake, our lead Intel 20A vehicle will launch this year. Intel 18A is expected to achieve manufacturing readiness in second half ’24, completing our five nodes in four year journey and bringing us back to process leadership. I am pleased to say that Clearwater Forest, our first Intel 18A part for servers has already gone into fab and Panther Lake for clients will be heading into Fab shortly.

But with respect to the manufacturing, I’ll just say, hey, we look at this every single day and we’re scrutinizing carefully our progress on 18A. And obviously the great news that we just described those Clearwater Forest taping out, that gives us a lot of confidence that 18A is healthy. That’s a major product for us. Panther Lake following that shortly.

Pat Gelsinger – Intel CEO (Q4 2023 Earnings Call)

Right after Clearwater Forest, Intel’s Panther Lake CPUs will be entering the fabs too but we can expect it to land on retail by 2025. Panther Lake CPUs are expected to feature Cougar Cove P-Cores and deploy the next-gen Xe3 GPU architecture, codenamed Celestial. Each CPU will offer a generational improvement over the last one, in terms of core, graphics, and efficiency capabilities.

Intel also shed light on its AI accelerators with Gaudi 3 launching this year and bringing in a 4x uplift in performance and doubling of network bandwidth while work on the next-gen Falcon Shores GPU is ongoing.

Pat Gelsinger – Intel CEO (Q4 2023 Earnings Call)

Intel will be holding its IFS Direct Connect 2024 live stream on the 21st of February so we can expect more details on its process roadmap and the respective products during that.

Intel Desktop CPU Generations Comparison:

Processor Family Processor Architecture Processor Process Processors Cores (Max) Platform Chipset Platform Socket Memory Support TDPs PCIe Support Launch
Intel Coffee Lake Coffee Lake 14nm++ 6/12 300-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 35-95W PCIe 3.0 2017
Intel Coffee Lake Refresh Coffee Lake 14nm++ 8/16 300-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 35-95W PCIe 3.0 2018
Intel Comet Lake Comet Lake 14nm++ 10/20 400-Series LGA 1200 DDR4 35-127W PCIe 3.0 2020
Intel Rocket Lake Rocket Lake 14nm++ 10/20 500-Series LGA 1200 DDR4 35-125W PCIe 4.0 2021
Intel Alder Lake Golden Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
Intel 7 16/24 600-Series LGA 1700 DDR5/DDR4 35-150W PCIe 5.0 2021
Intel Raptor Lake Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
Intel 7 24/32 700-Series LGA 1700 DDR5/DDR4 35-150W PCIe 5.0 2022
Intel Raptor Lake Refresh Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
Intel 7 24/32 700-Series LGA 1700 DDR5/DDR4 35-150W PCIe 5.0 2023
Intel Meteor Lake Redwood Cove (P-Core)
Crestmont (E-Core)
Intel 4 14/20 800-Series LGA 1851 DDR5 PCIe 5.0 Cancelled
Intel Arrow Lake Cougar Cove (P-Core)
Skymont (E-Core)
Intel 20A 24/32 800-Series LGA 1851 DDR5 35-125W PCIe 5.0 2024
Intel Panther Lake Cougar Cove (P-Core)
Skymont (E-Core)
Intel 18A TBD 900-Series LGA 1851 DDR5 TBD TBD 2025

News Source: Seeking Alpha

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