Intel's next-gen Meteor Lake will have integrated VPU accelerator

Intel's new Meteor Lake CPU architecture is getting a Neural Engine just like Apple uses in its new iPhone, for desktop + laptop.

@anthony256
Published Mon, Sep 27 2021 1:31 PM CDT

Intel's new Alder Lake CPU is about to launch, where it's currently looking to launch November 4 -- but Meteor Lake isn't too far off in the distance and now we have some new rumors.

We're to expect Intel's next-gen Meteor Lake CPUs towards 2023, where they will be rumored to rock a VPU. The VPU will take on-die space next to the CPU cores, and will act like the Neural Engine that Apple has in its M1 processor. But now Tom from Moore's Law is Dead is underscoring that Meteor Lake will have a VPU, and that Intel could use it for great effect -- maybe not now, but in the future, definitely.

Tom makes the argument that the VPU inside of Meteor Lake, it could be used to upscale video -- with Tom using an example of bandwidth-throttled situations seeing your Netflix quality going down. If this happens on an Intel-powered system, then the VPU could be used to upscale 1080p to 4K for example, which makes sense.

On-device real-time translation and other Neural Engine-powered features could be used but they're years away at the moment. Apple is doing this, using their M1 processor for Neural Engine tasks as mobile devices are the focus here -- but desktop users, laptop users? I don't know just yet.

Tom explains: "Meteor Lake will get an integrated VPU Accelerator. It's similar to the Neural in the Apple M1 for speech recognition, language models, and conceivably tons of apps by the time Meteor Lake launches".

Windows 11 could have a built-in ability to circle a spot on the screen with your finger, and it would auto-read anything out loud to you. Moving in this direction would be nice, but we've seen absolutely nothing from Microsoft or Intel's side just yet, and we're mere days away from Windows 11 launching.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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