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Intel Teases Meteor Lake 5-125W Core CPUs With Up To 192 EU GPU, 12th Gen Alder Lake Hinted For 27th October Launch

Intel has teased its next-generation Meteor Lake CPUs during the IDM 2.0 Accelerated keynote where the company presented its brand new process and packaging roadmap. In addition to the teaser, Intel also hinted at a possible launch date of its upcoming Alder Lake hybrid CPUs during early Q4 2021.

Intel Teases Meteor Lake ‘Intel 7’ CPU Specifications, Alder Lake CPUs Hinted For Launch on 27th October

Intel not only presented its brand new process and packaging roadmap but also teased products that will be utilizing its new nodes, mainly Intel 7 and Intel 4. First up, we have Alder Lake Client & Sapphire Rapids Data Center chips which will be based upon the Intel 7 node (previously Intel 10 Enhanced SuperFin).

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Intel 7 Process Powered Alder Lake Client & Sapphire Rapids Data Center CPUs

Based on what Intel showed during the event, it looks like we can confirm that the leaks we have seen so far are more or less confirmed. The Alder Lake CPU can be seen using a hybrid design & features 8 high-performance cores (Golden Cove) and 8 efficiency optimized cores (Gracemont). Intel also kind of hinted at the launch date of its 12th Gen Alder Lake family for 27th October and that aligns with earlier rumors that we heard about the CPUs launching around Halloween 2021. The next Intel ON series event will take place virtually in San Francisco on October 27-28, 2021.

Moving on, we have Intel’s Sapphire Rapids-SP Xeon CPU which is composed of four compute tiles. We have more detailed images of the complete die leak out before which confirm up to 56 cores & 112 threads.

Intel 4 Process Powered Meteor Lake Client & Granite Rapids Data Center CPUs

Intel 4 will also power two key client and data center products which are codenamed Meteor Lake & Granite Rapids. This is the first time Intel has given a detailed look at the Meteor Lake SOC that features three separate chiplets that are connected together through Forveros technology. Intel is expected to utilize a next-generation core architecture that will power the compute die while the I/O will be located on its own SOC-LP die. The GPU die will also be separate and will be composed of up to 192 EU (96 EU for Desktops & 192 EUs for Mobility). The Meteor Lake lineup will comprise 5-125W CPUs and feature a bump pitch of 36u (microns).

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We already got some details from Intel such as the fact that Intel’s Meteor Lake line of desktop and mobility CPUs are expected to be based on a new line of Cove core architecture. This is rumored to be known as the ‘Redwood Cove’ and will be based on a 7nm EUV process node. It is stated that the Redwood Cove is designed from the ground up to be an agnostic node which means that it can be fabricated at different fabs. There are references mentioned that point out to TSMC to be a backup or even a partial supplier for the Redwood Cove-based chips. This might tell us why Intel is stating multiple manufacturing processes for the CPU family.

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The Meteor Lake CPUs may possibly be the first CPU generation from Intel to say farewell to the ring bus interconnect architecture. There are also rumors that Meteor Lake could be a fully 3D-Stacked design and could utilize an I/O die sourced from an external fab (TSMC sighted again). It is highlighted that Intel will be officially utilizing its Foveros Packaging Technology on the CPU to inter-connect the various dies on the chip (XPU). This also aligns with Intel referring to each tile on 14th Gen chips individually (Compute Tile = CPU Cores).

The Meteor Lake Desktop CPU family is expected to retain support on the LGA 1700 socket which is the same socket used by Alder Lake & Raptor Lake processors. We can expect DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0 support. The platform will support both DDR5 & DDR4 memory with the mainstream and budget tier options going for DDR4 memory DIMMs while the premium & high-end offerings going for DDR5 DIMMs. The site also lists down both Meteor Lake P and Meteor Lake M CPUs that will be aimed at mobility platforms.

Intel Desktop CPU Generations Comparison:

Intel CPU Family Processor Process Processors Cores (Max) TDPs Platform Chipset Platform Memory Support PCIe Support Launch
Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen) 32nm 4/8 35-95W 6-Series LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 2.0 2011
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen) 22nm 4/8 35-77W 7-Series LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2012
Haswell (4th Gen) 22nm 4/8 35-84W 8-Series LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2013-2014
Broadwell (5th Gen) 14nm 4/8 65-65W 9-Series LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Skylake (6th Gen) 14nm 4/8 35-91W 100-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Kaby Lake (7th Gen) 14nm 4/8 35-91W 200-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (8th Gen) 14nm 6/12 35-95W 300-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (9th Gen) 14nm 8/16 35-95W 300-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2018
Comet Lake (10th Gen) 14nm 10/20 35-125W 400-Series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen) 14nm 8/16 35-125W 500-Series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 4.0 2021
Alder Lake (12th Gen) Intel 7 16/24 TBA 600 Series LGA 1700 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2021
Raptor Lake (13th Gen) Intel 7 16/30? TBA 700-Series LGA 1700 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2022
Meteor Lake (14th Gen) Intel 4 TBA TBA 800 Series? LGA 1700 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2023
Lunar Lake (15th Gen) Intel 3? TBA TBA 900 Series? TBA DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2023+

Intel has also showcased its next-generation Granite Rapids datacenter Xeon CPU which seems to be featuring several dies packaged through Forveros and EMIB. We can see HBM packages along with high-bandwidth Rambo Cache packages. The Compute tile seems to be composed of 60 cores per die which equals 120 cores in total but we should expect a few of those cores to be disabled to get better yields on the new Intel 4 process node.

Intel Xeon SP Families:

Family Branding Skylake-SP Cascade Lake-SP/AP Cooper Lake-SP Ice Lake-SP Sapphire Rapids Emerald Rapids Granite Rapids Diamond Rapids
Process Node 14nm+ 14nm++ 14nm++ 10nm+ Intel 7 Intel 7 Intel 4 Intel 3?
Platform Name Intel Purley Intel Purley Intel Cedar Island Intel Whitley Intel Eagle Stream Intel Eagle Stream Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
MCP (Multi-Chip Package) SKUs No Yes No No Yes TBD TBD (Possibly Yes) TBD (Possibly Yes)
Socket LGA 3647 LGA 3647 LGA 4189 LGA 4189 LGA 4677 LGA 4677 LGA 4677 TBD
Max Core Count Up To 28 Up To 28 Up To 28 Up To 40 Up To 56? TBD Up To 120? TBD
Max Thread Count Up To 56 Up To 56 Up To 56 Up To 80 Up To 112? TBD Up To 240? TBD
Max L3 Cache 38.5 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 60 MB L3 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Memory Support DDR4-2666 6-Channel DDR4-2933 6-Channel Up To 6-Channel DDR4-3200 Up To 8-Channel DDR4-3200 Up To 8-Channel DDR5-4800 Up To 8-Channel DDR5-5200? TBD TBD
PCIe Gen Support PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes) PCIe 4.0 (64 Lanes) PCIe 5.0 (80 lanes) PCIe 5.0 PCIe 6.0? PCIe 6.0?
TDP Range 140W-205W 165W-205W 150W-250W 105-270W Up To 350W? TBD TBD TBD
3D Xpoint Optane DIMM N/A Apache Pass Barlow Pass Barlow Pass Crow Pass Crow Pass? Donahue Pass? Donahue Pass?
Competition AMD EPYC Naples 14nm AMD EPYC Rome 7nm AMD EPYC Rome 7nm AMD EPYC Milan 7nm+ AMD EPYC Genoa ~5nm AMD Next-Gen EPYC (Post Genoa) AMD Next-Gen EPYC (Post Genoa) AMD Next-Gen EPYC (Post Genoa)
Launch 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022 2023? 2023? 2024?



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