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Intel will add the VPU tech it acquired along with Movidius in 2016 to all models of its forthcoming Meteor Lake client CPUs. Chipzilla already offers VPUs in some 13th-gen Core silicon. Ahead of the Computex conference in Taiwan, the company briefed The Register on their inclusion in Meteor Lake. Curiously, Intel didn't …

  1. Scotthva5

    Chicken or Egg?

    I wonder how many devs are willing to add AI to their existing applications and whether Intel is on the right track with this or is it more marketing hoopla? This seems a very narrow use case at least right now.

    1. _andrew

      Re: Chicken or Egg?

      Narrow use-case: IMO yes. And if the photo and its caption is to be believed, they're supporting this supposed use case with the largest of the three dies on the carrier. I think that there's a chunk of the story missing.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Chicken or Egg?

      It isn't so much the individual "devs", it's that the companies pushing AI and pushing it hard. My Visual Studio 2022 is now connecting to GitHub Copilot. Browsers searches are getting "AI" help, as are correct-as-you-type spell checkers. It's going to creep into the end user ecosystem one way or the other.

  2. JohnSheeran

    Hopefully that picture means they'll be bringing the cartridge style CPUs back (said no one ever).

  3. mevets

    Chipzilla is name challenged.

    Barely 1 score after naming their brave new invincible architecture a word that rhymes with Titanic; they are back with some thoughtful names.

    Recently we had Raptor Lake; which poses great imagery. One of the last line of dinosaurs before they transformed into a modern species.

    Now Meteor Lake, which summons an idyllic lake, where dinosaurs play in the water as a world changing meteor descends on the planet.

    If I were a risc-v company, I would be naming my products after birds. But maybe skip the Dodo; I think chipzilla may rightly claim IP on that.

    1. Kristian Walsh Silver badge

      Re: Chipzilla is name challenged.

      On a point of order, the name “Itanic” was El Reg’s invention - such a good name that it clearly fooled you into thinking it was the real product name, which was “Itanium”.

      All the others you mention are internal codenames, and they have never been used in retail marketing.

      They are also, from the point of view of someone like me who just wants to know how old a technology is, a total pain in the hole to deal with, especially when annual product lines (“__th generation CPU”) use multiple CPU generations (“____ Lake”) using multiple core designs (“____ Cove” for the big ones and “___mont” for the small ones). I’ve better things to use my brain capacity for than memorising internal codenames, so I wish the techbloggers would stop showing off and just use intro-dates when talking about all this shit.

      1. msroadkill

        Re: Chipzilla is name challenged.

        ... only to have them cancelled or flash to insignificant obscurity.

  4. Sparkus

    cool (if a bit late)

    IBM Power has delivered on-board discrete vector processors since Power6 (2005 or so, finally implementing the AltiVec/VMS instruction set in hardware).......

    ARM VPUs (using NEON) has had ever capable dedicated hardware available on-spec (implementation depending on the end-user and build foundry) for 7-8 years too.

    The Intel solution using SSEwhatevergenerationyouwant has depended on and been a slave to various features (inconsistently) baked directly into the CPU.

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