At today’s Innovation event, Intel is finally pulling the tarp off its Meteor Lake architecture. The company says it represents the most significant change to a CPU architecture it’s made in 40 years, and this design will be the foundation of its CPUs for the next decade, at least. The list of changes is long, and plenty of ink has already been spilled about Meteor Lake, so this article will just look at the highlights.
Intel Goes Tile-Based
Meteor Lake uses four tiles to comprise the CPU instead of a monolithic design, a first for Intel. The four tiles—CPU, GPU, SoC, and I/O—use three nodes from two different foundries. Intel made the CPU tile on its own Intel 4 process, formerly known as 7nm, while TSMC made the other tiles. The SoC and I/O tiles are built on the N6 process, while the Arc ...
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