Intel Confirms 14th Gen Meteor Lake Has a “Versatile Processing Unit” for AI/Deep Learning Applications

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Versatile processing unit for deep learning and AI interference

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:

Intel VPU for Meteor Lake, Source: kernel.org

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
µArch Charts Xe-PL Xe-PL Xe-LPG
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
Memory Support DDR4/DDR5-4800 DDR4/DDR5-5600 DDR5
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



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