Intel Emerald Rapids with 320MB of L3 Cache Launching with Core Ultra “Meteor Lake” CPUs in Dec

Intel has already started shipping its 14th Gen Meteor Lake processors, also known as the 1st Gen Core Ultra lineup to customers. During the company’s Q3 2023 earnings call, Pat Gelsinger revealed that the 4nm-class Core Ultra CPUs have been shipping to customers for several weeks and will officially launch on the 14th of December. Alongside them, the 5th Gen Xeon Scalable family codenamed Emerald Rapids-SP, will also hit retail shelves.

In the near-term, we expect Windows 10 end-of-service to be a tailwind, and we remain positive on the long-term outlook for PC TAM returning to plus or minus 300 million units. Intel continues to be a pioneer in the industry as we ushered in the era of the AIPC in Q3 when we released the Intel Core Ultra processor code-named Meteor Lake.

Built on Intel 4, the Intel Core Ultra has been shipping to customers for several weeks and will officially launch on December 14 alongside our 5th Gen Xeon. The Ultra represents the first client chiplet design enabled by Foveros Advanced 3D packaging technology, delivering improved power efficiency and graphics performance.

It is also the first Intel client processor to feature our integrated neural processing unit, or NPU, that enables dedicated low-power compute for AI workloads. Next year, we will deliver Arrow Lake as well as Lunar Lake, which offers our next-gen NPU, ultra-low power mobility and breakthrough performance per watt.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO

While Meteor Lake features new core architectures and packaging technologies, including Intel 4 and Foveros, in a disaggregated layout, Emerald Rapids is a Refresh. While Sapphire Rapids consists of up to four 15-core chiplets, Emerald will comprise two large dies, each consisting of 32 cores (functional) and up to 320MB of L3 cache.

Intel used the space freed up by this approach to cram nearly thrice as much SRAM (L3 cache) onto the next-gen Xeons. Of course, this also meant increasing the density of the compute die by quite a bit. Each Emerald Rapids core has access to 5MB of L3 cache, up from just 1.87MB on Sapphire Rapids.

Sapphire Rapids packs 105MB of L3 cache on its fastest models. Emerald Rapids-SP will feature up to 320MB of L3 cache, even higher than its AMD Epyc Genoa rivals (up to 256MB of L3).

Source: SeekingAlpha.

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