Yesterday during its quick presentation, Intel revealed some important information about the planned processors from the consumer and server segment. The manufacturer decided to change the naming of the subsequent lithographs so that it wouldn’t stand out too much from companies like TSMC from now on. We already know that this year’s Alder Lake processors will use a process known as “Intel 7” – a new name for the previously known improved SuperFin 10nm process. In return, the Meteor Lake processors and Granite Rapids server processors will receive the Intel 4 process, previously referred to as 7nm. In addition, two revolutionary technologies that will be applied in the Intel Å20 process are discussed – RibbonFET transistors and PowerVia, the industry’s first application of the power of a back-end transistor. Now we’ve also learned what the upcoming processors for consumers and servers will look like. Interesting information was revealed by the mass of the meteorite lake system.
During the Intel Accelerated presentation, the manufacturer presented the build of the upcoming Alder Lake, Meteor Lake, Sapphire Rapids and Granite Rapids processors. The new generation of consumer Meteor Lake processors is interesting – integrated graphics chips should have a maximum of 192 EU blocks.
Intel announces changes to lithography – Alder Lake with Intel 7th processing. Intel Å20 with revolutionary RibbonFET on the horizon
Intel first introduced the scheme for creating Alder Lake processors, that is, 12th generation consumer systems that use a hybrid design based on big.LITTLE technology. It will be a combination of efficient Golden Cove cores with energy-efficient Gracemont (the successor to Tremont engineering). The graph revealed above all shows the huge difference in the size of the Golden Cove and Gracemont cores – the second type of core takes up relatively little space in the entire system, while the Golden Cove is decidedly larger – the same single Golden Cove core takes about the same space as the cores. Gracemont’s four. Part of the processor area is also occupied by an integrated Xe-LP graphics chip with up to 96 EU blocks. In turn, the Sapphire Rapids Server Processors Project presents for the first time its modular architecture, with several separate computing blocks. Mass production of Sapphire Rapids server chips will begin in the first quarter of 2022. It is likely that at the end of 2022 there will also be separate variants, which will additionally be equipped with HBM memory.
Intel Meteor Lake – the manufacturer confirms that work has been completed on the design of a new x86 architecture for processors
The next two major offerings are consumer Intel Meteor Lake processors and Intel Granite Rapids server units. In both cases, Intel 4 lithography, formerly known as 7 nm, will be used. Meteor Lake processors have a different architecture compared to current consumer systems. The entire processor is divided into three parts, connected in the Foveros way. These processors will be available in different variants, the TDP of which will be from 5 to 125 watts max, and significant changes will be made to the integrated graphics – the weaker variant will include 96 blocks of EU, while some variants will contain as many 192 blocks of EU. Interestingly, one of the variants of the Intel DG2 graphics card with the Xe-HPG architecture is to have the same configuration. Therefore, a very powerful integrated iGPU chip is being prepared, which will struggle with competing AMD RDNA 2 graphics systems with the next generation of APUs. Intel Granite Rapids server processors, in turn, will provide a more advanced architecture, with different blocks using the Foveros connection.
Source: Intel, VideoCardz
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