Intel confirms 14th Gen Meteor Lake has ‘Versatile Processing Unit’ for AI/Deep Learning applications

Published: 30th Jul 2022, 16:52 GMT   Comments

Versatile Processing Unit for deep learning and AI inference

Intel is adding VPU to Meteor Lake and newer.

A new commit to Linux VPU driver today confirms that the company has plans to introduce a new processing unit into consumer 14th Gen Core processors, a Versatile Processing Unit.

The VPU driver is included into the Linux Direct Rendering Manager (DRM), the same way their graphics driver is integrated. The VPU appears 6 years after Intel acquired a company called Movidius, which has been developing their own VPUs. It is not entirely clear if and how Intel plans to incorporate Movidius designs into Meteor Lake, it could be a full-blown SoC-like integration or just a copy of architecture bits needed for Meteor Lake. Obviously after so many years, VPU design 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

Thus, Intel confirms the new VPU has five components, including CPU to VPU integration unit, memory management, RISC controller, network on chip and the most important part, the Neural Compute Subsystem (NCS) doing the actual work. This VPU unit could be considered Intel’s alternative to NVIDIA’s Tensor Cores, a dedicated chip that is heavily focused on AI algorithms.

Intel Meteor Lake is now officially coming next year, eventually it should become available for mobile and desktop platforms packed with new hybrid architecture featuring Redwood Cove and Crestmont CPU cores and Intel’s newest Xe-LPG graphics architecture.

Intel Mainstream CPU Roadmap (RUMORED)
VideoCardzAlder LakeRaptor LakeMeteor Lake
Desktop Launch DateQ4 2021Q4 2022Q4 2023
CPU NodeIntel 7Intel 7Intel 4 
Big Core µArchGolden CoveRaptor CoveRedwood Cove
Small Core µArch GracemontGracemontCrestmont
Graphics µArchXe-LPXe-LPXe-LPG
Max CPU Core Count16 (8C+8c)24 (8C+16c)TBC
Max GPU Core Count96 EU96 EU128-192 EU
Desktop SocketLGA1700LGA1700LGA 1851
Memory SupportDDR4/DDR5-4800DDR4/DDR5-5600DDR5
PCIe GenPCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0
Intel Core Series12th Gen Core13th Gen Core14th Gen Core

Source: Phoronix via Tom’s Hardware, TechPowerUP




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