Intel's Meteor Lake, Sapphire Rapids with HBM2E, Ponte Vecchio pictured in all their tiled glory
Forward-looking: The second day of Intel's Vision 2022 conference was mostly about its software and security efforts, but there was also hardware on display for people who attended the event in person. This week, Intel introduced a new wave of 12th-gen Alder Lake mobile CPUs with support for the latest memory and connectivity standards, overclocking, and the vPro management platform. The new processors aren't the only products to make an appearance at Intel's Vision 2022 event. As for Meteor Lake, it will be Intel's first consumer CPU lineup to use a tiled architecture that leverages the company's Foveros 3D-stacking and packaging technology.
Details are scarce at the moment, but Intel says it's on track to ship these to its OEM partners in 2023. It's something of an open secret that Intel has secured the majority of TSMC's 3nm capacity, which will no doubt impact AMD and Apple in the short term. Two other chiplet designs that made an appearance at Vision 2022 are Intel's gargantuan Sapphire Rapids CPUs in both non-HBM and HBM2e configurations. Finally, Intel showcased what is probably the most impressive of its tiled package designs — Ponte Vecchio.
Earlier this year, Apple introduced an equally insane contraption in the form of the M1 Ultra chipset. Ponte Vecchio GPUs and Sapphire Rapids CPUs are at the heart of Argonne National Laboratories' Aurora supercomputer, which will deliver two exaflops of performance to scientists engaged in cancer research, climate modeling, and more.
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