Intel is holding its Innovation Day Conference on the 19th of September, where company CEO Pat Gelsinger will address the keynote. Alongside Gelsinger, all major Intel executives, including Michelle Johnston (Client), Sandra Rivera (Data Center), Stuart Pann (Foundry), and Ann Kelleher (Tech Dev), should be present. The event will last three days, from the 19th to the 20th of September.
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Last year, Intel announced the 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors, the Arc A770 and A750 graphics cards, and the Flex Data Center GPUs at the same event. We also got a first look at the chipmaker’s plans for its foundry business or in marketing lingo IDM 2.0. Coincidentally, we should see the same products’ refreshes (or updates) at this year’s Innovation event.
Right off the bat, Pat Gelsinger will announce the 14th Gen Meteor Lake-P processors for notebooks and high-performance laptops. Intel will also quietly launch the 14th Gen Raptor Lake-S Refresh for desktops and a soft refresh of the Arc Alchemist family.
The Meteor Lake CPUs will leverage a chiplet-based design based on the Intel 4 (for CPU tile) and TSMC’s 4nm (iGPU) process nodes. The SoC and I/O dies will likely be fabbed on older TSMC nodes such as N6 or N7. In addition, Meteor Lake will adopt Intel’s 2nd Gen “Foveros” 3D packaging technology to stack the dies atop the substrate.
As already discussed, the Raptor Lake-S Refresh will be just that, a refresh. Same cores, same motherboards, same IPC with increased clocks, and additional network/IO features. The Arc Alchemist Refresh should be interesting. Now that the drivers are somewhat stable, Intel will have better performance numbers to throw around, its greatest strength being the perf/dollar aspect. It should make things interesting in the budget and low-end.
We might even get to see Emerald Rapids, the Sapphire Rapids refresh with higher core counts. The core counts will be increased from 60 to 64. The L3 cache will be ramped up by 3x, beating AMD at its own game (although the 96-core Epyc Genoa parts will still have more). Conversely, the chiplets will be larger to accommodate the higher core count on the same substrate.