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  • Intel Meteor Lake Introducing "Standalone Media" Unit

    Phoronix: Intel Meteor Lake Introducing "Standalone Media" Unit

    With Intel's Meteor Lake moving to a tiled/chiplet approach, we have already seen some interesting changes on the Linux driver side and confirmation of the introduction of a "Versatile Processing Unit" coming with Meteor Lake (MTL) for inference acceleration. Another interesting confirmation from new Linux driver patches is their media encode/decode moving to a "standalone media" Graphics Technology (GT) block...

    https://www.phoronix.com/news/Meteor...andlaone-Media

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    Michael

    Grammar/Typo "more of a separate" should maybe be something like "more of a separation" to make more sense.


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    • #3
      Having worked some in electronics manufacturing in the past (though not at the chip level), I came to learn (or thought this was the case) that often chip manufactures will often purchase logic blocks from third-party vendors, or use logic blocks provided by the fab company that fits their processes, and integrate these into their chip design. At least how I understood it.

      This of course seems a little more "stand alone", but it made me think of this. The media unit can kind of be its own thing, and then just gets tied into the greater whole via their tiled/chiplet approach.

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      • #4
        Which lake is the first lake below 10nm again?

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        • #5
          It's a pity AMD didn't do that with the DSP for audio. The chip in Kaveri just idles uselessly if you don't run games with TrueAudio (which is not available in Linux)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by guglovich View Post
            It's a pity AMD didn't do that with the DSP for audio. The chip in Kaveri just idles uselessly if you don't run games with TrueAudio (which is not available in Linux)
            any more information on this? just hearing about this now,

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Quackdoc View Post

              any more information on this? just hearing about this now,
              There is no information about usage, but DSP could take under its wing SOF from Intel, and maybe something would move from the dead point. Xtensa HiFi 2 and Xtensa HiFi EP cores are used, from Tensilica. In the schematic you can see the DSP next to the UVD unit.
              https://images.anandtech.com/doci/7677/16%20-%20UVD.jpg


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              • #8
                So will we see 'F' CPU models from Intel that have no integrated graphics but do have hardware video decode/encode support?

                That could be an antidote to discrete GPUs with bad decode/encode like Navi 24 (RX 6500 XT).

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