intel-adds-driver-support-for-vpu-on-14th-gen-meteor-lake-cpus

Intel posted a brand new Linux driver right now for VPU help on 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs, experiences Michael Larabel of the web site Phoronix. VPU, or “Versatile Processing Unit”, shall be featured throughout the 14th Gen Core Meteor Lake CPUs.

Intel Posts New Linux Driver For VPU “Versatile Processing Unit” Coming With 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs

The VPU or versatile processing unit is exclusive as a result of Intel will put it to use for deep studying functions with AI inference acceleration. The new VPU driver by Intel shall be positioned into the Linux Direct Rendering Manager, or DRM, much like the graphics driver from the corporate. The new Intel VPU driver for Linux is licensed beneath GPLv2 particularly. The user-space stack is to make use of the “Intel oneAPI Level Zero API and OpenVINO,” continues Larabel.

Intel Adds Driver Support For VPU on 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs

The screenshot of the brand new Linux versatile processing unit implementation by Intel. Image source: Michael Larabel of Phoronix

Intel anticipates having the versatile processing unit’s user-space code publicly obtainable in an open-source format on the finish of the third quarter. The firmware for the VPU will stay closed-source.

Meteor Lake will get an built-in VPU Accelerator. It’s much like the Neural within the Apple M1 for speech recognition, language fashions, and conceivably many apps by the point Meteor Lake launches.

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Intel was rumored to make use of the brand new VPU know-how to compete with Apple’s Neural Engine, seen within the firm’s desktops, laptops, iPads, and iPhones. While not realizing a lot in regards to the VPUs, it’s speculated that the unit will take house embedded on the dies subsequent to Intel’s CPU core structure, much like the structure of the M1 processor by Apple.

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In associated information, AMD plans on producing an on-chip machine studying acceleration for Van Gogh and Rembrandt APU sequence and can probably be the world’s first processor of that caliber to launch to mass desktop and cellular computing markets.

Based on the knowledge we’ve, the VPU can be featured throughout the SOC Tile for 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs and should make the most of Atom cores. That’s at the very least what the rumor mill is saying immediately. There are anticipated to be 2 to 4 of those cores throughout the SOC Tile which is without doubt one of the 4 tiles infused on the Meteor Lake chip.

Intel Adds Driver Support For VPU on 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs

According to @OneRaichu, there are solely two LP-E cores on the Meteor Lake chips and people are current on the SOC Tile which signifies that these are those being utilized by the VPU.

Intel Meteor Lake Mobility CPU Lineup Expected Features:

  • Triple-Hybrid CPU Architecture (P/E/LP-E Cores)
  • Brand New Redwood Cove (P-Cores)
  • Brand New Crestmont (E-Cores)
  • Up To 14 Cores (6+8) For H/P Series & Up To 12 Cores (4+8) For U Series CPUs
  • Intel 4 Process Node For CPU, TSMC 3nm For tGPU
  • Intel Battlemage ‘Xe-LPG’ GPU With Up To 128 EUs
  • Up To LPDDR5X-7467 & DDR5-5200 Support
  • Up To 96 GB DDR5 & 64 GB LPDDR5X Capacities
  • Intel VPU For AI Inferencing With Atom Cores
  • x8 Gen 5 Lanes For Discrete GPU (Only H-Series)
  • Triple x4 M.2 Gen 4 SSD Support
  • Four Thunderbolt 4 Ports

The versatile processing unit driver provides over eight thousand 5 hundred traces of code into the Linux kernel.

Intel Mobility CPU Lineup:

CPU Family Meteor Lake Raptor Lake Alder Lake
Process Node Intel 4 ‘7nm EUV’ Intel 7 ’10nm ESF’ Intel 7 ’10nm ESF’
CPU Architecture Hybrid (Triple-Core) Hybrid (Dual-Core) Hybrid (Dual-Core)
P-Core Architecture Redwood Cove Raptor Cove Golden Cove
E-Core Architecture Crestmont Gracemont Gracemont
Top Configuration 6+8 (H-Series) 6+8 (H-Series) 6+8 (H-Series)
Max Cores / Threads 14/20 14/20 14/20
Planned Lineup H/P/U Series H/P/U Series H/P/U Series
GPU Architecture Xe2 Battlemage ‘Xe-LPG’ Iris Xe (Gen 12) Iris Xe (Gen 12)
GPU Execution Units 128 EUs (1024 Cores) 96 EUs (768 Cores) 96 EUs (768 Cores)
Memory Support DDR5-5600


LPDDR5-7400


LPDDR5X – 7400+
DDR5-5200


LPDDR5-5200


LPDDR5-6400
DDR5-4800


LPDDR5-5200


LPDDR5X-4267
Memory Capacity (Max) 96 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Thunderbolt 4 Ports 4 2 2
WiFi Capability WiFi 6E WiFi 6E WiFi 6E
TDP 15-45W 15-45W 15-45W
Launch 2H 2023 1H 2023 1H 2022

News Source: https://www.phoronix.com/news/Intel-VPU-Driver-Linux; https://patchwork.kernel.org/project/dri-devel/patch/[email protected]/