For a long time, both PC manufacturers and upstream chip manufacturers have been facing a headache: how to drive users to replace old computers.
During 2020-2022, due to the sharp increase in the demand for home office and remote office, it drove a wave of computer replacement. However, by 2023, the motivation for replacement dropped. However, technology development is not linear. Driven by large model technology, AIGC applications and demand has experienced explosive growth, PCs and mobile phones are also facing the possibility of reshaping product forms and interaction methods.
Against this background, at the ON Technology Innovation Summit in September, Intel launched the first Meteor Lake processor platform based on the Intel 4 process technology, the first-generation Core Ultra platform. More importantly, Intel was the first to propose Understand the concept of AI PC.
Then on December 15, Intel officially released the first-generation Core Ultra platform in China.
Here we can explain why the Meteor Lake processor platform is the first generation Core Ultra, not the 14th generation Core.
In the middle of this year, Intel announced the Core Ultra brand, codenamed Meteor Lake, which uses the new Intel 4 process technology. Different from previous Intel processor architectures, it adopts a new separated module architecture: composed of computing module, SoC module, graphics module Module and IO module.
In the SoC module, Intel integrated the neural network processing unit NPU for the first time to perform energy-efficient AI operations.
The current Meteor Lake processor platform, namely Core Ultra, is used in the H series and P series of mobile platforms, and is divided into three sub-series: Core Ultra 9/7/5.
The U series on the mobile platform does not adopt a new architecture and is still an upgraded version of the 13th generation Core. However, it is still named the first generation Core (without the Ultra suffix) and is divided into three sub-series: Core 7/5/3.
On the desktop side, there is the S series and the HX series, which are also upgraded versions of the Raptor Lake 13th generation Core. They are called the 14th generation Core and are divided into four sub-series: Core i9/i7/i5/i3.
Although it's a bit complicated, we just need to remember that only the Core Ultra processor platform with a new architecture and independent NPU unit is an AI PC in Intel's definition.
Then came the launch of AI PC. Following the official release of the first-generation Core Ultra series processors, Lenovo also released the world's first Intel Core Ultra mass-produced model: Lenovo Xiaoxin Pro 16 2024 Core Ultra Edition.
Lenovo Xiaoxin Pro has always been Lenovo's main shipping model. This series has become a mass-produced Intel Core Ultra processor model. Lenovo Xiaoxin's R&D team has contributed many debug solutions to the industry based on the Intel Core Ultra platform. . And combined with the product positioning of Lenovo Xiaoxin Pro series of high-performance small steel guns, it has achieved the goal of overcoming the difficulty of 7467MT/s ultra-high frequency memory.
The reason why we want to obtain ultra-high frequency and ultra-high bandwidth memory is to obtain higher profits in AIGC creation and games.
For example, in its in-depth cooperation with Intel and Jianying, Lenovo has further optimized the video editing efficiency of Jianying on the new Core Ultra platform. By optimizing Intel GPU cache management strategy, improving GPU 3D utilization and stabilizing GT core power consumption, the export rate is increased by approximately 16.7%.
In addition, Lenovo cooperated with Jianying to bring its first NPU-based AI application-intelligent keying. With the help of the new AI-specific chip NPU, better power consumption per watt is achieved through heterogeneous computing optimization. Compared with the traditional iGPU-based soft programming solution, the time is shortened by about 72.2% and the power consumption is reduced by about 71.4%.
Lenovo, Intel and iQiyi have cooperated to implement the "AI Video Frame Insertion" technology. Through the iQiyi player with built-in Lenovo MEMC decoder, frame insertion playback of streaming videos and local videos can be realized. In the future, the three parties will continue to cooperate in using AI technology to realize gesture control running on MEMC and NPU and related power consumption optimization.
With Intel's appeal, AI PCs equipped with first-generation Core Ultra processors are expected to be launched in large numbers.
As the brand with the largest share of PCs for a long time, Lenovo has a very rich PC product line. Lenovo's high-end line YOGA also immediately launched the YOGA Pro 14s 2024 equipped with the first-generation Core Ultra platform. The product focus is of course AI creation. .
Especially after AI creation extends from text to images and videos, screen quality also needs to keep up. The 14.5-inch screen of YOGA Pro 14s 2024 has a 3K resolution, supports P3/sRGB dual 100% color gamut, and the dual color gamut ΔE is <1 , very suitable for people who need to create AI images and videos.
In addition, Lenovo's ThinkPad and ThinkBook product lines are also expected to be equipped with the first-generation Core Ultra platform, and focus on optimizing targeted AI application performance in the office field.
The implementation and popularization of AI PC, as well as the implementation of related applications, as well as the local Wensheng text, Wensen pictures, Wensen music and other AIGC applications brought by future terminal-side large-scale model technology, may become the main reason for users to change their phones after 2023. power.
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