Intel Meteor Lake with LPDDR5X memory
Intel has unveiled a series of articles and videos that delve into the company’s journey toward developing more complex packaging solutions for its current and upcoming products. Among the featured devices were Granite Rapids, Sierra Forest, and Ponte Vecchio. However, the highlight of the showcase was the Meteor Lake processor, which stood out due to its on-package memory.
With the introduction of Meteor Lake, Intel is breaking away from the conventional monolithic chip design for the mainstream client segment. While this isn’t the first time such an approach has been attempted, Meteor Lake represents a significant milestone where the ‘flexible tile architecture’ truly demonstrates the advantages of Foveros packaging technology by segregating CPU, GPU, and SOC dies into separate tiles.
According to an Intel website article, the company is actively exploring the possibility of integrating LPDDR5X memory from Samsung directly into the processor package. As indicated by the memory label, this integrated memory would boast 16GB LPDDR5X-7500 specifications, delivering a potential bandwidth of up to 120 GB/s. This surpasses the capabilities of DDR5-5200 or LPDDR5-6400, which are currently employed by the mobile processors of the current generation.
The concept of expanding memory capacity for CPUs isn’t new, but Intel has lagged behind in terms of multi-die and memory advancements compared to competitors like AMD and Apple. Apple’s M1/M2 Silicons, in particular, bear a striking resemblance to Intel’s offerings with on-package memory.
The package showcased by Intel is the smaller variant designed for ultra-low-power systems, likely operating within a range of 9 to 28 watts. By integrating system memory directly onto the CPU package, Intel aims to provide even smaller boards for more compact and lightweight systems, a direction that the Meteor Lake series is likely to prioritize.