Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Meteor Lake to say ditch ring bus connectivity design while including the SOC-LP Tile based on TSMC’s N5 or N4 manufacturing node

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According to a recent report from Commercial Times we have got some further information on Intel’s 13th Generation Meteor Lake CPUs, which will power next-generation PCs in 2023. According to the source who cites its sources, there are several intriguing specs and process nodes that will be used by the next-generation Intel CPU.

Earlier we received the first glance just a few days ago, at the test chip for the Intel Meteor Lake CPU, which has a quad-tile architecture. Everyone stepped in to contribute their interpretation, and it appears that virtually everyone has concluded that the center tile is for the GPU, the computation tile for the CPU is on top, and the SOC tile is the smallest at the bottom.

We also got our first glance at the 300mm diagonal Meteor Lake test chip wafer. The wafer contains test chips that are fake dies, which are used to ensure that the chip’s interconnects function properly. Intel has already achieved Power-On for their Meteor Lake Computer CPU tile, therefore we may expect final chips to be manufactured by the 2nd of 2022 for a 2023 launch.

Intel has previously provided certain facts, such as the fact that Intel’s Meteor Lake range of desktop and mobile CPUs would be built on a new line of Cove core architecture. The Redwood Cove is said to be based on a 7nm EUV (Intel 4) process node and will be branded as the Redwood Cove. The Redwood Cove is said to be built from the ground up to be an agnostic node, which means it may be built at many fabs.

Meteor Lake CPUs will be Intel’s first CPU generation to bid goodbye to the ring bus connectivity design. There are also reports that Meteor Lake will be a completely 3D-stacked design with an I/O die acquired from a third party (TSMC sighted again). According to the source, the SOC-LP Tile will be based on TSMC’s N5 or N4 manufacturing node, while the GPU tile would be based on TSMC’s 3nm node.

Meteor Lake Desktop CPUs are likely to continue support for the LGA 1700 socket, which is also utilized by Alder Lake and Raptor Lake processors. DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0 capabilities are on the way. The platform will handle both DDR5 and DDR4 memory, with DDR4 memory DIMMs used in the mainstream and budget tiers and DDR5 DIMMs used in the premium and high-end offerings. The website also offers Meteor Lake P and Meteor Lake M CPUs, both of which will be geared at mobile platforms.

Intel Mainstream Desktop CPU Generations Comparison:

Intel CPU FamilyProcessor ProcessProcessors Cores/Threads (Max)TDPsPlatform ChipsetPlatformMemory SupportPCIe SupportLaunch
Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen)32nm4/835-95W6-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 2.02011
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen)22nm4/835-77W7-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02012
Haswell (4th Gen)22nm4/835-84W8-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02013-2014
Broadwell (5th Gen)14nm4/865-65W9-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02015
Skylake (6th Gen)14nm4/835-91W100-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02015
Kaby Lake (7th Gen)14nm4/835-91W200-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (8th Gen)14nm6/1235-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (9th Gen)14nm8/1635-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02018
Comet Lake (10th Gen)14nm10/2035-125W400-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen)14nm8/1635-125W500-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 4.02021
Alder Lake (12th Gen)Intel 716/2435-125W600 SeriesLGA 1700DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02021
Raptor Lake (13th Gen)Intel 724/3235-125W700-SeriesLGA 1700DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02022
Meteor Lake (14th Gen)Intel 4TBA35-125W800 Series?LGA 1700DDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2023
Arrow Lake (15th Gen)Intel 4?40/48TBA900-Series?TBADDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2024
Lunar Lake (16th Gen)Intel 3?TBATBA1000-Series?TBADDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2025
Nova Lake (17th Gen)Intel 3?TBATBA2000-Series?TBADDR5?PCIe Gen 6.0?2026
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Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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