Intel Corp on Wednesday introduced a new family of faster processor chips for personal computers and said the supercomputer it is helping the U.S. government build will achieve twice the speeds previously expected.
Intel is striving to regain its lead in making the fastest computer chips after losing its title to rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices and Apple Inc, both of which use outside partners to manufacture their chips while Intel struggles with its in-house manufacturing operations. Intel, based in Santa Clara, Calif., Made the announcement at an event aimed at persuading software developers to write code for its chips.
Intel introduced versions of its 12th generation Intel Core PC chips, known by their code name Alder Lake. The company said the product line will eventually include 60 different chips for 500 PC models from various manufacturers, from slim laptops to larger machines designed for gamers.
The company said it was shipping 28 versions of the chip to PC makers, with “wide availability” starting in November. 4.
Intel also said that Aurora, a supercomputer that Intel is building with the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory for artificial intelligence work in suburban Chicago, will be twice as fast as originally predicted. Intel said the computer will exceed 2 exaflops, which means the ability to perform 2 quintillion – or 2,000,000,000,000,000,000 – calculations per second.
Intel initially pledged to deliver the $ 500 million computer this year with 1 performance exaflop, but manufacturing delays have forced it to postpone delivery until next year. Meanwhile, Argonne officials have called on Intel competitors Nvidia Corp and AMD for a smaller system built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co as a test system to continue developing software technologies for the retarded machine.