Intel Meteor Lake may be equipped with VPU, Neural network accelerator similar to Apple M1
Meteor Lake, also known as the 14th-generation Core processor series, is Intel’s first 7nm process (Intel 4) product for the consumer market. It incorporates EUV lithography technology and will use Foveros packaging technology. This means that Meteor Lake can be modularly designed and stacked with modules of different process nodes. The package may be the first module manufactured by other fabs.
According to the Wccftech report, Intel may integrate the vision processing unit (VPU) on Meteor Lake, and the embedded position will be next to the CPU core computing module. Its function is similar to that of Apple’s M1 neural network engine to greatly increase the processing speed of machine learning (ML) tasks. Intel plans to develop similar technologies on its own, hoping to reduce the pressure of CPU data processing and improve computing efficiency after VPU is equipped. For some relatively low-spec or low-power processors, this is an effective performance improvement method. It is very helpful for users to perform voice recognition and other operations in daily use. If Intel really intends to do this on Meteor Lake, I believe there will be many applications that will follow up and optimize. It is expected that Meteor Lake will be released in 2023, and there is still a lot of room for operation.