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Intel’s anticipated to observe up its extant Twelfth-generation Core processors (codenamed “Alder Lake”) with the Thirteenth-generation chips often known as “Raptor Lake.” Those CPUs, which can function further cache, P-core revisions, extra E-cores, and different comparatively minor enhancements, are in all probability going to point out up towards the tip of this yr.

After that—apparently within the second half of subsequent yr—the corporate will probably be launching its 14th-gen Core processors, codenamed Meteor Lake. Where Raptor Lake is an incremental improve on Alder Lake, Meteor Lake (MTL) will probably be an enormous departure. It’ll be a “disaggregated” or “chiplet-based” design, and the CPU cores will probably be fabricated on the Intel 4 course of, an enchancment from the Intel 7 on which Raptor Lake and Alder Lake are constructed.
Purportedly, Meteor Lake will take a step past the P-core and E-core dichotomy of Alder Lake and designate some variety of the E-cores as “LP” cores. We’d anticipate that is merely a matter of discovering the most-efficient cores and marking these for low-power operation at lowered clock charges.
Intel Mobile Meteor Lake Platform Diagram. Source: Igor’s Lab

All of this new data comes from Igor’s Lab, which has posted up a number of slides that seem like Intel confidential supplies. The most salient a part of the slides is the platform diagram for cell Meteor Lake processors, identical to the one we lately noticed for Raptor Lake. There are all types of fascinating particulars on the platform diagram, and we have talked about a number of already, however let’s go over the remaining.

The slides put down Meteor Lake-U processors for as much as 12 cores, whereas the -P and -H SKUs will scale as much as 14 cores. Memory help will probably be completely DDR5, with the choice of both normal DDR5 at as much as 5600 MT/s or LPDDR5X at 7467 MT/s. That’s an oddly particular quantity to us, however both manner that is a blistering reminiscence bus.

Such excessive reminiscence bandwidth ought to serve to assist speed up built-in graphics efficiency. Certainly the 128-EU GPU and its 1024 shaders will probably be thirsty for reminiscence bandwidth. We already knew that mentioned GPU could be fabricated at TSMC on that firm’s 3nm course of, however this slide confirms earlier hypothesis that it is going to be based mostly on the “Xe-LPG” structure, which appears to be “Xe 2,” maybe higher identified now as “Battlemage”.
It does make you marvel if we’ll see programs with Battlemage iGPUs paired to Alchemist dGPUs.

Other fascinating particulars to come back out of the diagram embrace the revelation that solely Meteor Lake-H processors will help PCIe 5.0, with an 8-lane connection getting devoted for discrete graphics. Twelve different PCIe lanes can be utilized for PCIe SSDs or different gadgets, and Meteor Lake itself will apparently help a pair of SATA ports. There’s additionally point out of an “extended gaming mode” within the GPU part, however not even Igor is keen to take a position on what that could possibly be. We’ll have to attend and see.

As diverting as all these particulars could also be, in the end the largest information from this leak might be the affirmation that Meteor Lake will not be round till the second half of subsequent yr. That ensures that consumers of Alder Lake- and Ryzen 6000-powered laptops will not develop into out of date too rapidly. Rumors say that the laptop computer model of Meteor Lake will precede the desktop model, so we would not anticipate desktop Meteor Lake earlier than This autumn of subsequent yr.