Intel to bring 3D-Stacked Cache to its CPUs but it will be different from AMD's 3D V-Cache

Intel CEO confirms that the company is developing its own version of 3D V-Cache stacking as seen in Ryzen X3D CPUs, but its implementation will differ.

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At Intel's big Innovation 2023 event, CEO Pat Gelsinger confirmed that the company would adopt a 3D Cache approach for CPUs in the future - though it won't be a part of the upcoming Meteor Lake roadmap. The confirmation came during a Q&A session where someone asked if Intel was considering adopting something similar to AMD's 3D V-Cache processors.

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AMD 3D V-Cache powered Ryzen X3D processors have proved to be excellent performers for PC gaming. However, the 3D stacking of cache is a TSMC packaging technology for chips that AMD has taken advantage of - so it's not proprietary.

Intel confirming that it is planning to adopt a similar thing for upcoming CPUs is interesting stuff. Still, Pat Gelsinger added, "We're doing that differently in our composition," with the company looking to stack CPU compute on top of memory. And Intel will leverage its own process technology and foundries to deliver the technology.

"When you reference V-Cache, you're talking about a very specific technology that TSMC does with some of its customers as well," Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger responds to the question of 3D V-Cache. "We're doing that differently in our composition, right? And that particular type of technology isn't something that's part of Meteor Lake, but in our roadmap, you're seeing the idea of 3D silicon where we'll have cache on one die. We'll have CPU compute on the stacked die on top of it, and obviously, using EMIB that Foveros, we'll be able to compose different capabilities."

"We feel very good that we have advanced capabilities for next-generation memory architectures," Gelsinger adds. "Advantages for 3D stacking, for both little die, as well as for very big packages for AI and high-performance servers as well. So we have a full breadth of those technologies." And with that, Intel will offer the technology to its customers in the same way TSMC has with AMD.

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Kosta is a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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