Intel preparing next-gen GPUs and CPUs for testing
Battlemage, Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake.
Intel has recently made updates to its website to include information about the interposers for testing purposes. On a dedicated webpage, the company showcases the components employed by various tools, including “Gen5 VR,” which CPU Voltage Regulator in this instance. These interposers serve as a means to assess forthcoming generation chips before their integration into actual products.
The most recent website update highlights the presence of at least four upcoming products yet to be unveiled: Battlemage (BMG), Arrow Lake (ARL), and Lunar Lake (LNL), all expected to make 2024 a bit more interesting.
By far the most interesting part the two Battlemage interposer: one identified as BGA2362-BMG-X2 and the other as BGA2727-BMG-X3. This leak suggests that, in at least one instance, a Battlemage GPU would possess a greater number of pins compared to the current flagship GPU from the Alchemist series (listed as DG2), which boasts 2660 pins (BGA2660-DG2-512EU).
In a broader context, Intel seems to be preparing for the launch of two GPUs within its new series, or potentially two distinct package sizes. It is a common practice among GPU manufacturers to employ identical package sizes across multiple GPUs, affording them and their partners the flexibility to mix processors if products offer comparable specifications, thereby making it a viable option.
Additionally, there’s a mention of the Arrow Lake-HX, an upcoming series designed for high-end desktop/laptop hybrids. As is widely known, these series represent the flagship of Intel’s offerings in the mobile form factor, utilizing silicon borrowed from desktop models but housed in a different package. While the ARL-HX series has been mentioned previously, the recent leak gives us now undeniable proof directly from Intel.
Lastly, an interposer intended for the Lunar Lake-M series (LNL-M) has been disclosed. This series is aimed at being Intel’s lowest-power offering in the lineup. In the case of Alder Lake, such CPUs were tailored for tablets with power targets ranging from 5 to 7 watts.