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The first Intel Meteor Lake LGA 1851 socket CPU has been spotted for Edge Computing

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Last Updated on April 9, 2024
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Intel is continuing its innovations in Edge Computing with the first Meteor Lake-powered CPUs being spotted. Built on Meteor Lake-PS architecture, the first socketed Ultra Core processor is forged on the LGA 1851 socket, and the specs certainly look interesting. It’s alleged to be coming in Q4 2024 according to credible sources.

Spotted by Videocardz, the SoC (system on chip) looks to have everything needed to provide strong performance for Edge Computing. Of the diagram listed by the source, the LGA 1851 CPUs feature up to six P-cores and eight E-cores with Intel Arc integrated graphics baked in. These will not be some of the best CPUs for gaming but instead geared toward the likes of AI-accelerated visual computing and media processing.

In terms of size, it seems that the Intel Core Ultra desktop CPU will be identical to the sizing of existing LGA 1700 socket processors at 45 x 37.5mm, but will not be compatible. According to Wccftech, the Meteor Lake desktop will offer: “5.02x faster GPU performance, 3.13x faster AI performance, and 3.85x lower power for AI and graphics workloads vs the previous generation”.

The future of Edge Computing

This source also reveals a total of nine SKUs ranging from the mainstream Core Ultra 3 option with eight cores and 10 threads up to 16 cores and 22 threads with up to a 65W TDP. It all comes down to the utilization of Generative AI which can be found on the Meteor Lake processor’s NUPC just as found in some AI-powered laptops already running the hardware.

The desktop version appears to feature support for Wi-FI 7, Thunderbolt 5, and up to DDR5-5600 RAM, however, it doesn’t appear as though PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs are supported. Instead, the CPU will have support for up to 2x Gen 4.0 NVMe SSDs instead.

What is Edge Computing?

Simply put, Edge Computing is a paradigm model that revolves around processing data close to the source of origin. Examples include cloud gaming and content delivery as well as smart home applications. Meteor Lake for desktops looks to make these tasks and others easier through the dedicated NUPC onboard.

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