Intel's low-power Arrow Lake-U CPUs: Intel 3 process, cheap alternative to next-gen Lunar Lake

Intel's upcoming Arrow Lake-U low-power CPUs are 'basically a cheaper alternative' to Lunar Lake, for future thin and light laptop designs in 2024.

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Intel's next-gen Arrow Lake processors will come in the form of Arrow Lake-S on the desktop for higher-end and mainstream CPUs later this year, as well as Arrow Lake-U for low-power, thin, and light laptop designs later this year and into 2025.

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Intel's big upgrade for low-power systems is going to be its next-next-gen Lunar Lake CPU family, which will be inside of laptops later this year, but its upcoming Arrow Lake CPU architecture is coming for desktops, laptops, handhelds, and Mini-PCs of the future.

Arrow Lake is being aimed at the high-end and mainstream CPU markets, where we'll see the likes of the Core i9-15900K from the Arrow Lake-S side of Intel's new SKUs, while Arrow Lake-U will be a cheaper alternative to the upcoming Lunar Lake-powered laptops later this year.

We should see Arrow Lake designs coming in cheaper laptops while high-powered next-gen laptops will be powered by Lunar Lake... no matter how much you want to spend on a new laptop, Intel wants its Core Ultra CPUs inside of them, all, it seems.

The news is coming from a new post on X from "Bionic_Squash" that says Intel's new Lunar Lake CPUs will be aimed at premium, yet low-power laptops, while Arrow Lake CPUs will be offered in the lower-priced side of the market.

Intel is expected to use different process technologies for its low-power Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake processors, with Arrow Lake-U expected on the Intel 3 process node with around 10% performance-per-watt improvements over Meteor Lake-U. Meanwhile, Lunar Lake-MX processors will have far better IPC (Instructions Per Clock) improvements as well as performance-per-watt improvements while using a sub-3nm process node in the form of Intel 20A or Intel 18A process nodes.

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Meteor Lake-U processors are aimed at the higher-end $1000+ laptop market, with their new NPUs (Neural Processing Units) for AI workloads, with the Raptor Lake Refresh (Core Series 1 processors) are powering the sub $1000 laptops on the market.

Intel's next-gen Lunar Lake CPUs are going to be a huge upgrade for low-power laptops compared to Arrow Lake, with an upgraded CPU architecture, upgraded NPU, and the very latest Battlemage GPU architecture from Intel.

We should see Intel launch its Arrow Lake-U processors at CES 2025, not even a year from now, with Intel's new Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake CPUs will take the processor battle to AMD and its next-gen Zen 5 "Strix Point" processors, Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X Elite, and Apple's next-gen SoCs in 2025.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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