Intel confirms Meteor Lake has AV1 video encoding and decoding support

Published: Dec 26th 2022, 12:22 GMT   Comments

Intel Meteor Lake with AV1 decoding

Intel Media Driver video coding matrix confirms AV1 support for Meteor Lake. 

The decentralized architecture of Intel Meteor Lake will enable the company to offer more flexibility when it comes to graphics and video coding support.  The integrated Xe-LPG graphics, a successor to Xe-LP on Tiger Lake series will enable new gaming modes and improve encoding capabilities.

Intel has now confirmed that the MTL (Meteor Lake) will officially support AV1 8bit and 10-bit video encoding and decoding, just as DG2 (Arc Alchemist) series. This is a new royalty free video format that is up to 50% more efficient than H.264 format.

Intel Meteor Lake Video Decoding/Encoding Matrix, Source: Intel

Support for low-power AV1 encoding was already mentioned in a leaked slide posted by Igor’sLAB a few months ago. The update to Media Driver now confirms it.

Intel Meteor Platform, Source: Igor’sLAB

The AV1 decoding and encoding support for Meteor Lake will bring should fast-forward the adoption of this video format by popular streaming services. The AV1 encoding is now supported by AMD RDNA3, NVIDIA Ada and Intel Alchemist. This support will soon be expanded for AMD/NVIDIA mobile products.

According to OneRaichu a product codenamed “MTS-S”, which should stand for desktop series, could actually be canceled. This rumor is definitely on a surprising note, given how much we have learned about said product already. However, this leaker has a good track record, especially for Intel related content.

Recently, there was a leak featuring internal Intel slides revealing the plans for Raptor Lake series refresh. This product would appear around a third quarter next year, so just about when news on desktop Meteor Lake were to be expected. Should these rumors turns out true, this should not really change plans for the Meteor Lake mobile deployment, though.

RUMORED Intel Mainstream CPU Roadmap
VideoCardzAlder LakeRaptor LakeRaptor Lake RefreshMeteor LakeArrow LakeLunar Lake
Desktop Launch DateQ4 2021Q4 2022Q3 2023TBCTBCTBC
CPU NodeIntel 7Intel 7Intel 7Intel 4 Intel 20AIntel 18A
Big Core µArchGolden CoveRaptor CoveRaptor CoveRedwood CoveLion CoveTBC
Small Core µArch GracemontGracemontGracemontCrestmontSkymontTBC
Graphics µArchXe-LPXe-LPXe-LPXe-LPGXe-LPGXe2-LPG
Max CPU Core Count16 (8C+8c)24 (8C+16c)24 (8C+16c)TBC40 (8C+32c)TBC
Max GPU Core Count96 EU96 EU96 EU128 EU320 EUTBC
Desktop SocketLGA-1700LGA-1700LGA-1700LGA-1851LGA-1851TBC
Memory SupportDDR4-3200
PCIe GenPCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0TBCTBC
Intel Core Series12th Gen Core13th Gen Core13th Gen Core (?)14th Gen CoreTBCTBC

Source: Intel Media Driver

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