Intel Meteor Lake CPUs will represent a significant transition in Chipzilla’s product lineup, with a whole new core architecture, design approach, features, and even family naming. The CPU lineup is slated to be unveiled this fall, and we’ll discuss what to expect in terms of specifications, performance, and pricing.
The Meteor Lake CPUs were initially teased by Intel in 2021 during the IDM 2.0 event, where the chip was verified to have taped in its compute tile based on the current process technology. Following the momentum, the chipmaker steadily revealed more information and details of Meteor Lake CPUs at various events, including one big session during Hot Chips 2022 where the next-gen roadmap was sketched out, focused on a disaggregated and chipset-heavy future for Intel’s next-gen CPUs.
According to a Money UDN article, the first Intel Core Ultra laptops will cost more than $1,500. That’s a rather steep starting point, so many consumers may wind up sticking with Raptor Lake for more affordable solutions in the $1,000 range. AMD also has some capable laptops in a variety of pricing ranges.
With Meteor Lake, Intel is not just rebranding chips, but also drastically altering the design.
The CPUs will now have a chiplet design thanks to Foveros 3D packaging technology while maintaining the hybrid core architecture seen in the previous two versions. However, Redwood Cove performance (P) cores and Crestmont efficiency (E) cores are now available.
Intel is introducing a fresh new chip layout with Meteor Lake CPUs that incorporates several tiles or chiplets (as you want to call them) with varied IPs. The great majority of Meteor Lake CPUs have a total of four tiles. The CPU Tile, Graphics Tile, SOC Tile, and IOE Tile are all part of the quad-tile arrangement.
All four tiles will use both internal and external fabrication processes, which means that some of the tiles will be manufactured by Intel and the remainder by third-party fabs such as TSMC. The primary CPU tile will be manufactured on the “Intel 4” or 7nm EUV process node, while the SOC Tile and IOE Tiles will be manufactured on the TSMC’s 6nm process node (N6). Meteor Lake is Intel’s initial step into the chiplet ecosystem in the client segment. The tGPU (Tiled-GPU), a new nomenclature for the iGPU, is also a key component of Meteor Lake CPUs and is manufactured on TSMC’s 5nm production node.
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