The bottom tile for Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake processors will include a big L4 cache, doubtlessly serving to squeeze extra efficiency out of the built-in graphics chip and boosting boot occasions.

I like a great techie codename, and Intel’s Adamantine is one in all my favorite current ones. It is solely not too long ago come to mild through a patent that has been unearthed, which particulars this stable base tile for the corporate’s first true chiplet CPU, Meteor Lake. 

Yeah, I am going to admit once I first noticed it I believed it was a nerdy Wolverine reference, too, nevertheless it simply means ‘unable to be damaged’, which I suppose is just about the identical. Kinda.

Anyhow, the patent was filed a few years again, however has not too long ago been delivered to the eye of ComputerBase, who had been speaking about Meteor Lake having some further pool of L4 cache for a short while.

It had initially thought the additional L4 was purely a type of Infinity Cache analog—much like that utilized by AMD for its fashionable graphics playing cards—or an eDRAM cache clone, to enhance the speeds of the built-in Xe graphics cores. This was the speculation anyway, notably as a result of the Linux patch notes described how the iGPU would not have entry to the compute tile’s L3 cache.

However the patent truly goes additional, describing that the L4 cache—with entry time for the L4 cache being doubtlessly “a lot lower than the DRAM entry time” of system reminiscence—can even assist with boot optimisations. As primarily a laptop computer half, Meteor Lake chips coming with such optimisations, due to an simply accessible reminiscence cache, may make a system boot a lot faster out of sleep or hibernation modes.

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Having a big pool of L4 cache obtainable to the built-in graphics, particularly because it may virtually be devoted GPU cache when the system is working, may do superb issues for the graphics efficiency of a Meteor Lake laptop computer, too. The highest 128 EU Xe GPU tile within the chip may then ship some fairly tasty 1080p gaming efficiency with a little bit further cache fillip.