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Intel adds VPU to Meteor Lake and newer.
A new commitment to the Linux VPU driver confirms today that the company plans to introduce a new processing unit in the 14th generation mainstream processors, a general-purpose processing unit.
The VPU driver is included in Linux Direct Rendering Manager (DRM), the same way their graphics driver is built-in. The VPU appears 6 years after Intel acquired a company called Movidius, which develops its own VPUs. It’s not entirely clear if and how Intel plans to integrate the Movidius designs into Meteor Lake, it could be a full SoC-like integration or just a copy of the architectural elements needed to Meteor Lake. Obviously, after so many years, the design of VPUs should be much more complex.
The confirmation on VPU comes from Kerner.org patches, where the following description is added:
So, Intel confirms that the new VPU has five components, including the CPU-to-VPU integration unit, memory management, RISC controller, on-chip network, and the most important part, the compute subsystem. neural (NCS) doing the actual work. This VPU unit could be considered Intel’s alternative to NVIDIA’s Tensor Cores, a dedicated chip heavily focused on AI algorithms.
Intel Meteor Lake is officially coming next year, it’s expected to eventually be available for mobile and desktop platforms featuring a new hybrid architecture featuring Redwood Cove and Crestmont processor cores and the latest Xe-LPG graphics architecture. ‘Intel.
|Intel Mainstream Processor Roadmap (Rumor)|
|video cardz||Alder Lake||raptor lake||meteor lake|
|Office launch date||Q4 2021||Q4 2022||Q4 2023|
|CPU node||Intel 7||Intel 7||Intel 4|
|Large µArch core||golden cove||Raptor Cove||redwood cove|
|Small µArch core||Gracemont||Gracemont||Crestmont|
|Maximum number of processor cores||16 (8C+8c)||24 (8C+16c)||To confirm|
|Maximum number of GPU cores||96 EU||96 EU||128-192 EU|
|office socket||LGA1700||LGA1700||LGA 1851|
|PCIe generation||PCIe 5.0||PCIe 5.0||PCIe 5.0|
|Intel Core Series||12th Generation Core||13th Generation Core||14th Generation Core|
Source: Phoronix via Tom’s Hardware, TechPowerUP