Intel has announced that its Meteor Lake chips will be launching on December 14th, touting them as the most power-efficient client processors the company has ever made. The chips will feature separate chiplets for each component, including a dedicated AI coprocessor, and will be built on Intel’s 4nm process node. The graphics will be on TSMC’s 5nm process, while the I/O and new “SoC Tile” will be on TSMC N6.
One of the main advancements with Meteor Lake is the use of chiplets, which allows for more efficient power usage. Instead of having a single CPU or display region, each chip will have two CPU regions—one on a low power island and one on a compute tile. The low power island can run independently and is optimized for low-power workloads. The compute tile houses the P (Performance) and E (Efficiency) cores, along with a separate graphics tile. This architecture allows for more selective power usage and better thermal management.
Intel has also focused on improving graphics performance with Meteor Lake. The chips will include Intel Arc graphics, which feature dedicated ray-tracing units and up to 8 Xe cores. The Xe LPG GPU offers up to twice the performance per watt compared to previous generations, and supports Intel’s XeSS intelligent upscaler for improved frame rates.
In addition to graphics performance, Intel has integrated an AI coprocessor, known as the NPU, into every chip. This allows for more efficient AI processing and opens up new possibilities for AI applications on Windows. While Intel didn’t provide specific examples, the NPU can be used in conjunction with the GPU to run AI workloads more efficiently.
Intel is positioning Meteor Lake as part of its grand turnaround plan under CEO Pat Gelsinger. The company is investing heavily in this model of the future, with plans to invest $3.5 billion in New Mexico and $7 billion in Penang, Malaysia, over the next 10 years. These investments will help ramp up production capacity for Meteor Lake and other chip designs.
In terms of performance, Intel has not provided specific details or benchmarks, stating that more information will be available closer to the launch date. However, the company claims that the new Crestmont E-cores have improved IPC gains over previous generations, and the Redwood Cove P-cores offer improved performance efficiency.
Overall, Intel’s Meteor Lake chips represent a significant step forward for the company, introducing new chiplet architecture, improved graphics performance, and integrated AI capabilities. With the launch just around the corner, there is a lot of anticipation and excitement surrounding these new processors.