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Intel introduces upcoming processors at its Vision 2022 event

During the second day of its ‘Vision’ event, Intel showcased several of the company’s upcoming products. PC clock were on hand to get some snaps of the chips. From the game’s point of view, the most interesting was a pair of meteor lake chips, which will end up being part of the 14th generation line. But that wasn’t all. Intel showed its Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPUs and Ponte Vecchio data center GPU. All these processors contain a lot of exciting technology.

All three processors feature side-by-side architectures based on Intel’s Foveros 3D stacking and packaging technology. They represent Intel’s latest design philosophy. Foveros technology combines specific blocks with different functionality and process nodes in a single package. Takes multi-chip module designs to a more advanced level.

Instead of integrating specific chiplets, Intel’s future chips can make use of different blocks without having to resort to the use of more complex monolithic arrays. Future chips are expected to include blocks built with the Intel 4 node, but it seems likely that they will also include blocks built with the TSMCs N5 node. Mixing and matching blocks is one thing, different nodes is another, but including different blocks made by different companies in one package is a highly ambitious undertaking.

Meteor Lake is scheduled to debut in 2023. It will replace the 13th generation Raptor Lake CPUs. Intel showed off two Meteor Lake CPUs, one is a desktop CPU, the other is likely a laptop chip. Desktop Meteor Lake contains four blocks as shown in the image. A block contains the CPU cores which are made up of high performance and efficiency cores. The second block contains the GPU. The third block contains the SoC that controls functionality such as memory and PCIe controllers. There is a fourth tile, but its purpose is unknown. It may include some sort of AI acceleration or cache.

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Intel Meteor Lake CPU Showcase

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Intel Sapphire Rapids CPU Showcase

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Intel Ponte Vecchio HPC Accelerator Showcase

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Sapphire Rapids is Intel’s next generation Xeon processor family. It is a block-based CPU with Golden Cores (the same microarchitecture used in the P cores of Alder Lake CPUs). Sapphire Rapids CPUs come with up to two HBMe stacks that function as a level 4 cache. They will also include DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support. Will we ever see this family appear as a HEDT line? If it does, it’s likely an expensive workstation strip, much like AMD’s Threadripper 5000 Pro series.

Ponte Vecchio is an HPC accelerator that has up to 47 tiles with 16 more for heat dissipation. It should be built with TSMC’s 5nm node with a TDP of up to 600W. It is currently in sampling and is expected to be used in the Aurora supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory, along with Sapphire Rapids CPUs.

As players, our main focus will be Meteor Lake, although it’s still 12-18 months away. Meanwhile, we have Lake Raptor 13th Generation to wait this year. This family will face AMD’s Zen 4 reach. Add to that the new GPU families from Intel, Nvidia and AMD, and the second half of 2022 looks absolutely mega for gamers. Start saving!

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