With Falcon Shores, Intel wants to herald the way into the Angstrom era with a radically new architecture and make it available from 2024 at the earliest. That sounds promising, because depending on the application, CPU cores or GPU parts can be assembled like in a construction kit. The idea has matured for years.
On a small scale it has been in use for a long time
Almost two years ago, Intel revealed the first plans for a processor kit. The chip manufacturer is already doing this on a small scale, because Alder Lake also consists of individual parts, which are then combined to form a corresponding product depending on the market segment.
In principle, Intel has been doing this for years. For example, the graphics unit in the desktop is kept small, but in the notebook it is expanded to the maximum; at Alder Lake, small E-Cores were added. However, all of this is still combined in a monolithic die, but with Intel Meteor Lake these things are packed individually in tiles on a package. The same should also be implemented in the professional division, so far they have been cooking on a rather low flame there, but will continue to make up ground with Sapphire Rapids and later Emerald Rapids and Granite Rapids.
Intel Falcon Shores takes the really big step in this direction in the absolute professional area and finally comes much closer to the original idea. Put simply, Xe cores from the graphics segment are combined with CPU cores; the tile package, which Intel is bringing to the market for the first time with Sapphire Rapids, should form the basis. Everything should be handled as flexibly as possible. The customer won’t be able to decide for himself, but an extremely extensive range of the maximum number of CPU cores, a mixture, and the maximum possible GPU shares should probably emerge.
What Intel promises in the end is no less than a seriously different approach than before, because every chip is ultimately an accelerator. Depending on the area of application in the supercomputer area, significant increases in performance are possible, which should cover all areas. However, Intel is still quite imprecise, the lead time of the announcement should play a role here.
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