Intel Live showcases Meteor Lake mobile processors composed of multiple
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Intel Live showcases Meteor Lake mobile processors composed of multiple separate cubes

Intel showed two versions of the 14th generation mobile Core processors codenamed Meteor Lake at Vision 2022. These chips are set to replace next year’s Raptor Lake processors, which are expected to be released in late 2022.

    Image source: Intel

Image source: Intel

In Meteor Lake, Intel will move away from the traditional single-chip structure of chips and use multiple chips or tiles (chiplets) combined on a single substrate using second-generation Foveros packaging technology. This technology was first used in the energy-efficient mobile processors of the Lakefield series and is also used in the server processors Sapphire Rapids and GPUs of the Ponte Vecchio series.

At Vision 2022, the company showed the standard packaging of the Meteor Lake mobile processor and its much more compact version. Each type will serve its own purposes. The first is used in regular and gaming laptops or mini PCs. The second is likely to be used in ultra-thin laptops.

As part of the Meteor Lake processors, there will be a chip with computing units manufactured according to Intel 4 process technology (7 nm), an integrated GPU chip based on TSMC’s 3 nm process technology (N3 ), as well as a chip with interfaces (SoC-LP) based on the process technologies TSMC N4 or N5 (different versions of 5 nm technology). The chips use large P-Cores from Redwood Cove and small, energy-efficient E-Cores from Crestmont and feature up to 192 Intel Xe architecture graphics execution units.

Using “tiles” provides more flexibility in choosing processor configurations. In theory, this will make it easier to increase the number of cores in one chip or to opt for a more productive integrated graphics core – for this you just need to replace the “tile” with a more productive option when assembling the chip.

Intel also confirmed that Meteor Lake will be upscaled to 125W TDP. That is, desktop models are also presented in the series. However, her company has not yet shown. According to Intel, the 14th generation of core processors should appear in 2023. Very likely in the second half as Raptor Lake is not expected to be released until later this year.

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