Intel Confirms New Meteor Lake CPU Branding, “Core Ultra” Replaces “Core i”

Intel Confirms New Meteor Lake CPU Branding, "Core Ultra" Replaces "Core i"

Intel has confirmed that it will be using new branding for its Meteor Lake “Core” CPUs and beyond and will be announcing details soon.

Intel Confirms New Branding for Meteor Lake CPUs & Beyond: “Core Ultra” to Replace “Core i” Series?

Yesterday, an Intel Meteor Lake CPU codenamed Core Ultra 5 1003H was discovered in the Ashes of The Singularity benchmark database. It was suspected to be a 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPU and now it can be confirmed that it is in fact the case. The naming confirms that Intel is dropping the “Core i” series in favor of a new “Core Ultra” branding. The same chip would be known as the Core i5-1003H using the previous branding.

Confirmation of the new branding for Meteor Lake CPUs comes in a tweet from Intel’s Director of Global Communications, Bernard Fernandes:

Based on the numbering scheme, it looks like Intel is starting from scratch, and while Meteor Lake CPUs are the 14th Gen Core family, there’s no identifier to say so. For example, the 13th Gen CPUs start with the numbering scheme “13” while the Meteor Lake CPU starts at “10” which would mean it is part of the 10th Gen family. Intel’s 13th Gen family is a mix of Raptor and Alder Lake CPUs, so it makes sense to take a unified and new approach, similar to what AMD did in its Ryzen 7000 series, but that made things a lot more confusing for consumers.

The “Ultra” moniker is also one of many that Intel will use to differentiate between different SKUs and segments. We can think of Core Extreme, Core Max, Core Pro and more, but we’ll see what Intel suggests as the final choice. Some SKUs may not even have such identifiers.

  • Old branding: Intel Core i5-13420H (13th Gen Raptor Lake)
  • New branding: Intel Core Ultra 5 1003H (14th Gen Meteor Sea)

It’s likely that this could be a development pattern that has yet to be finalized, but it will definitely be interesting to see what kind of naming scheme Intel uses for its next-gen CPUs. The Core Ultra 5 1003H has 18 cores and 18 threads, although you can’t say for sure what the actual number will be given that AOTS has had trouble detecting the actual core count for ES chips in the past, and this is a multi-chiplet architecture.

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According to Intel, the 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs will feature an all-new tiled architecture, and that basically means the company has decided to go full-on chiplets. There are 4 main tiles on the Meteor Lake CPUs.

There is the IO tile, the SOC tile, the GFX tile and the compute tile. The math tile includes the CPU tile and the GFX tile. The CPU tile will use a new hybrid core design consisting of Redwood Cove P-Cores and Crestmont E-Cores, delivering higher throughput with lower power consumption. The GPU tile will consist of a brand new Xe-LPG graphics core based on the Alchemist architecture.

Intel Meteor Lake Mobility CPU Lineup Expected Features:

  • Triple hybrid CPU architecture (P/E/LP-E cores)
  • Brand new Redwood Cove (P cores)
  • Brand new Crestmont (E cores)
  • Up to 14 cores (6+8) for H/P series CPUs and up to 12 cores (4+8) for U series CPUs
  • Intel 4 Process Node for CPU, TSMC for tGPU
  • Intel “Xe-MTL” GPU with up to 192/128 EUs
  • Up to LPDDR5X-7467 and DDR5-5200 support
  • Up to 96GB DDR5 & 64GB LPDDR5X capacities
  • Intel VPU for AI inference with atomic cores
  • x8 Gen 5 lanes for discrete GPU (H series only)
  • Triple x4 M.2 Gen 4 SSD support
  • Four Thunderbolt 4 ports

Intel reiterated during its recent conference call that the company will ramp up production of its Meteor Lake CPUs in the second half of 2023, so expect more news later this year.


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