There isn’t much new information here, just pretty pictures, but they are really pretty, Intel had their latest and greatest on show at Vision 2022 last week, and now SemiAccurate brings them to you. We will keep the commentary to a minimum and let you enjoy the view.
Intel’s Sapphire Rapids CPU
Intel’s Sapphire Rapids CPU with HBM
As you can see above, Sapphire Rapids with and without HBM memory comes in two very different packages. Will this require a different platform for the HBM variants? Even if it does, given the target market for the HBM SKUs, it is unlikely to cause many issues, if you need HBM you probably understand your requirements at a very granular level. That said the HBM platforms are unlikely to cost less than the non-HBM ones.
Ponte Vecchio GPU laid bare
There have been a lot of teasers about Intel’s Ponte Vecchio GPU over the past few years but looking at it in person you understand how amazingly complex this device is. Dies from multiple processes and foundries, bridges, HBM, and lots more. There are 40+ pieces of silicon in this ‘part’ and when you see one in person, you get it.
Like every Intel product of this era, it is significantly later than planned which will minimize it’s market impact, but it is still going to be competitive. Does that make the complexity and delays ‘worth it’? Time will tell but it is here now and it works, well maybe not this press sample but Intel does have working ones and they are being installed in Aurora as we speak. If you get a chance to see one in person, you will understand why SemiAccurate has been saying this is possibly the most complex device ever made by humans.
Meteor Lake large package
Meteor Lake Small package
Last up we have two Meteor Lake packages, the normal laptop and the ultra-thin/small variants. The silicon is likely the same between the two, just the packaging, fusing, and TDP are going to differ. If you zoom way in to our really bad pictures, you can see the cut lines between the three die but you have to look for them. Although these are EMIB connected dies, you can see where Intel is heading with tiles. Ponte Vecchio shows the complexity, Meteor Lake shows how tight you can package things, now when you combine the two…S|A