Intel has introduced a new line of processors, the most interesting being Meteor Lake with 8-32 cores

In addition to renaming upcoming processes (10nm-> 7 and 7nm-> 4), Intel introduced the next generation processors for Accelerated.

In the introductory picture we see on the left Alder Lake, which is probably the latest monolithic solution for desktops and laptops. The diagram (or render) shows quite clearly the large nuclei – eight large dark blue squares – and the small nuclei – eight small light blue squares in two groups of 2 × 2.

Shown next to (right) Sapphire Rapids will be a server product. We have already seen the analyzed samples of this generation, so the composition of four identical pieces of silicon (chiplets / modules / tiles) is not a surprise. For the sake of completeness, it is worth adding that a version supplemented with HBM memories will be created later. However, the picture captures the classic, from the first wave of products.

Much more interesting is another slide showing the next generation, namely the processor Meteor Lake (desktop, laptops) a Granite Rapids (servers). Pictured version Meteor Lake it consists of three chipsets. One (Compute Die) with processor cores, the other (SoC-LP) with chipset function and the third (GPU Die) as integrated graphics. It seems that the graphics chiplet will not exist in only one configuration, but will be available from the 96-192 EU, which could indicate the existence of two differently sized versions (unless Intel plans to sell mostly half-switched silicon).

Granite Rapids is the first major surprise. Although Intel did not release any specifications, it drew enough details to make room for product considerations. The central part consists of two chipsets. This in itself is strange when a generation older Sapphire Rapids will bear four. Each of these chipsets has 60 processor cores shown, which means up to 120 cores in total. Granite Rapids was to be built on the 7nm process that Intel now calls it Intel 4. The first products built on it are to go on the market in the first half of 2023, which gives some idea when the first Xeons can be Granite Rapids discover.

A slide that returns to Meteor Lake, shows, in addition to a three – chip small processor, a large one composed of four large central chiplets and a number of smaller ones. Each of the four central chiplets is actually composed of twelve chips on a common wafer (eight light squares, four dark blue rectangles). These are connected by Foveros technology. The question is whether this is just an illustration or another product related to Meteor Lake. Apparently it’s not about Granite Rapidswhich – as I already know – looks different. The separate square light blue features around the perimeter are HBM memories, which suggests that this could be some powerful non-desktop (and probably not HEDT) solution.

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