Intel Meteor Lake processors are said to integrate up to three types of cores

Current Intel Alder Lake processors will be replaced with Raptor Lake processors this year, at least in the desktop segment. They will, however, be a modest progression. The firm has even higher aspirations for its Meteor Lake successors. Igor Wallossek's website recently included a processor diagram that revealed the presence of up to three different types of cores.

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Intel Meteor Lake processors are said to integrate up to three types of cores

Lakefield was the codename for Intel's first processor that employed a hybrid design with two different core sizes. It first emerged on the market in June 2020, however it was a restricted offering, designed only for the portable computer segment.

With last year's Alder Lake chips, which first appeared in desktops and then in mobile PCs at the beginning of this year, the company mass-deployed hybrid technology. Their maximum number of powerful (P-Cores) and economical cores is eight (E-Cores). Only the Raptor Lake generation doubles the amount of E-Cores.

However, Intel appears to be pushing its present concept of stacking chips to the next level with the Meteor Lake family. The published diagram depicts a combination of P-Cores, E-Cores, and LP E-Cores.

In this situation, the term "LP" most likely stands for "Low Power." As a result, cores should be built from the start with the lowest potential consumption in mind. We don't know how they differ from normal E-Cores yet.

Let us also note that the concept of three distinct cores is not new; it first appeared in mobile devices, namely smartphones and tablets. Its forefather is the business ARM.

Meteor Lake U, P, and H processors are mentioned in the material. So these are notebook versions. Each letter, like with contemporary chips, refers to a different market sector. The Meteor Lake-U model is a chip having a TDP of up to 15 watts and a maximum of 12 physical cores.

Meteor Lake-P will most likely have a base TDP of up to 28 watts, whereas Meteor Lake-H will most likely have 45 W or higher. The maximum number of physical cores for these two categories should be 14 (presumably 6 P-cores and 8 E-cores).

However, as Videocardz pointed out, the leaker Raichu specified in a Twitter message that LP E-Cores will almost certainly always be two, despite the fact that they are not part of the chipset with processing cores, but the SoC tiles.

The previously specified limits of 12 and 14 cores may not be the final number. Meteor Lake-U processors can have up to 14 cores and two more powerful categories with up to 16 cores (6 P-Cores, 8 E-Cores, and 2 LP E-Cores).

Let us remind you that Meteor Lake is expected to be Intel's first chiplet CPU for client devices. This means that the manufacturer, like AMD, will be made up of numerous tiles.

The tile containing CPU cores will be made using the 7nm technique, which has been renamed Intel 4 to make it more marketable. The GPU chip will most likely come from TSMC lines; there has been speculation of employing a 3nm process, but another variety cannot be ruled out just yet.

According to the documentation on igor'sLAB, the graphics should support up to 128 Execution Units. The current Alder Lake chips are limited to 96 EUs. There will also be an SoC and an IO tile.

We also hear that the mobile CPUs will support DDR5 operating memories with a speed of 5,600 MT/s and a capacity of 96 GB, as well as LPDDR5/5X with a speed of up to 7,467 MT/s and a capacity of 64 GB.

Meteor Lake processors in notebook variations should be available in the second half of the year, according to the document. It is debatable whether this word is still applicable. We don't know when the materials were leaked.

It's worth noting, for example, that Intel still refers to the 7nm process in them, despite the fact that the company renamed this technology to Intel 4 last year.

Meanwhile, technically, the market introduction may have been accelerated, allowing us to expect the first smartphones sooner. The desktop variants will most likely appear in the background, and the incorporation of a greater number of cores cannot be ruled out.

Post by Bryan C.