CPU tiles produced by Intel, GPU tiles by TSMC

Intel has shown its 14th Generation Meteor Lake CPU in standard and high-density die flavors to the press who attended the ‘Vision’ event. The dies show a closer look at the blue team’s next-gen chip, which will power the laptop and desktop segment in 2023.

Intel 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPU Shown in Both Standard and High-Density Die Flavors

At the end of last month, Intel announced that they’ve achieved Power-On for their 14th-generation Meteor Lake CPUs, slated for a 2023 launch. Now, the company has provided the first close-up view of Meteor Lake, which, as expected, comes in a multi-tile design. , using core IPs manufactured by both Intel and TSMC. These are then integrated and shipped in a single package during the post-process phase.

Intel 14th Gen Meteor Lake Die Shot Pictured: Early Sample Gives First Look at Next-Gen Redwood Cove & Crestmont Cores

Intel 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs ‘Standard’ & ‘High-Density’ Packages (Image Credits: PC-Watch):

In photos published by PC-Watch, you can see that there are two different 14th generation Meteor Lake packs. The first is the standard package while the second is a high density package. One of the main differences between the 12th-generation Alder Lake and 14th-generation Meteor Lake packs is that the latter lacks the PCH die and instead has it on the same chip in a tiled architectural design. If you look closely, the main die consists of at least four tiles and each of the tiles can offer more tiles which are necessarily true for the GPU which is based on a new tGPU design (Tile-GPU).

Intel Sapphire Rapids (HBM/Non-HBM) & Ponte Vecchio Tiled CPU/GPUs (Image Credits: PC-Watch):

Chiplets, or Tiles as Intel seems to call them, will play a big part in shaping the company’s next-generation chip portfolio, both CPUs and GPUs. In addition to Meteor Lake, Chipzilla also showed its Sapphire Rapids Quad-Tile packages in both HBM and non-HBM flavors, while also giving a close-up look at their flagship GPU, the Ponte Vecchio with Xe-HPC architecture. Both Sapphire Rapids and Ponte Vecchio were confirmed at the ‘Vision Event’ for shipment to Argonne National Laboratory to power their upcoming Aurora Supercomputer, which should become operational this year.

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Intel 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs: Intel 4 Process Node, Tiled Arc GPU Design, Hybrid Cores, Launch in 2023

The 14th generation Meteor Lake CPUs will be a gamer changer in the sense that they will adopt an entirely new tiled architecture approach. Based on the ‘Intel 4’ process node, the new CPUs will offer a performance improvement of 20% per watt via EUV technology and will be listed by 2H 2022 (production ready). The first Meteor Lake CPUs are expected to ship by 1H 2023 and availability is expected later that year.

According to Intel, the 14th-generation Meteor Lake CPUs will feature an all-new, tiled architecture, and what this basically means is that the company has decided to go all-out with the chiplet. There are 3 main tiles on the Meteor Lake CPUs. There is the IO Tile, the SOC Tile and the Compute Tile. The Compute Tile consists of the CPU Tile and GFX Tile. The CPU tile will use a new hybrid core design, delivering higher throughput with lower power consumption, while the graphics tile will be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

As Raja Koduri states, the Meteor Lake CPUs will use a tiled Arc graphics GPU, making it a whole new class of graphics on a chip. It is not an iGPU or dGPU and is currently considered tGPU (Tiled GPU / Next-Gen Graphics Engine). The Meteor Lake CPUs will use the brand new Xe-HPG graphics architecture, enabling better performance at the same level of power efficiency as existing integrated GPUs. This also enables enhanced support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and XeSS, features currently only supported by the Alchemist series.

Comparison of Intel Mainstream Desktop CPU generations:

Intel CPU family Processor Process Processors Cores/Wires (Max) TDPs Platform chipset Platform Memory support PCIe support launch
Sandy Bridge (2nd generation) 32nm 4/8 35-95W 6 series LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 2.0 2011
Ivy Bridge (3rd generation) 22nm 4/8 35-77W 7 series LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2012
Haswell (4th generation) 22nm 4/8 35-84W 8 series LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2013-2014
Broadwell (5th generation) 14nm 4/8 65-65W 9 series LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Skylake (6th generation) 14nm 4/8 35-91W 100 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Kaby Lake (7th generation) 14nm 4/8 35-91W 200 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (8th generation) 14nm 6/12 35-95W 300 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (9th generation) 14nm 8/16 35-95W 300 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2018
Comet Lake (10th Generation) 14nm 10/20 35-125W 400 series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2020
Rocket Lake (11th generation) 14nm 8/16 35-125W 500 series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 4.0 2021
Alder Lake (12th generation) Intel 7 16/24 35-125W 600 series LGA 1700 DDR5 / DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2021
Raptor Lake (13th generation) Intel 7 24/32 35-125W 700 series LGA 1700 DDR5 / DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2022
Meteor Lake (14th generation) Intel 4 Not yet known 35-125W 800 series? Not yet known DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2023
Arrow Lake (15th generation) Intel 20A 40/48 Not yet known 900 series? Not yet known DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2024
Moon Lake (16th generation) Intel 18A Not yet known Not yet known 1000 series? Not yet known DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2025
Lake Nova (17th generation) Intel 18A Not yet known Not yet known 2000 series? Not yet known DDR5? PCIe Gen 6.0? 2026

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