Intel dropped several bombs on Intel’s accelerated webcast today.In addition to sharing the product roadmap to 2025 and New naming scheme for nodes, The chip maker also announced the design of its future Alder Lake, Meteor Lake, Sapphire Rapids and Granite Rapids processors.
Meteor Lake, Raptor LakeAlternatives to Intel will use a tile design, allowing Intel to attach different chips to the same chip. Like Granite Rapids, Meteor Lake is based on Intel’s 7nm node, which has been renamed “Intel 4”. However, this does not mean that all tiles are based on Intel 4. One of the advantages of tile design is that Intel can mix and match different process nodes.It is foreseeable that this chip maker will rely on its Foveros 3D packaging technology For Meteor Lake.
Intel’s introduction shows that Meteor Lake is equipped with three tiles: computing chips, SOC-LP chips and GPU chips. Speaking of thermal limitations, Meteor Lake will operate between 5W and 125W. We have seen 125W ratings many times in previous generations of Intel desktop processors. Therefore, the power rating of the flagship Meteor Lake chip (probably Core i9-14900K) may be 125W.
Meteor Lake will greatly improve integrated graphics performance. The new processors will continue to be used where Intel currently stopped. The current limit of Intel chips is 96 execution units (EU). However, Meteor Lake will start with 96 EUs, with a maximum of 192 EUs, and the upper limit has increased by 100%.
Alder Lake Will insert new LGA1700 socket. Intel has confirmed Raptor Lake Will also fall into the same socket.However, Meteor Lake may order a different socket, which is rumored to be the case LGA1800 socket.
Other tidbits in the Intel presentation involved the design of Alder Lake, Sapphire Rapids, and Granite Rapids. We already know that Alder Lake is a hybrid processor that mixes large and small cores. These cores come from Intel’s 10-nanometer enhanced SuperFin, now called the “Intel 7” oven.The illustration shows a design with an 8+8 configuration, which is incompatible with one of the potential Alder Lake ConfigurationTherefore, the flagship Alder Lake desktop processor will have approximately 16 cores, including 8 Golden Cove cores and 8 Gracemont cores. However, only the first one will enjoy Hyper-Threading.
Just like Alder Lake, Sapphire Rapids will be based on Intel 7 nodes. The die shows a multi-chip layout with four dies. Assuming that each chip contains 15 cores, Sapphire Rapids can provide up to 60 cores, but it will not. Previously leaked slides It is claimed that Sapphire Rapids will be limited to 56 chips, which means that Intel will disable four cores.
The successor to Sapphire Rapids, Granite Rapids, may be a completely different monster. According to Intel’s chart, Granite Rapids seems to have only two molds, but they are really big. We found 60 small blue squares in each dice. If these squares represent cores, Granite Rapids will reach 120 cores and cause pain to AMD’s EPYC lineup.
In chronological order, Alder Lake can land later this year, and Sapphire Rapids may be launched in the first quarter of 2022. On the other hand, Meteor Lake will make its debut sometime in the first half of 2023, and the Granite Jet will follow.