Intel Drops Teaser For Upcoming Xe-HPG GPU Architectureby Ryan Smith on March 18, 2021 5:00 PM EST
With the launch of their first-iteration Xe-LP architecture now firmly in the proverbial rearview mirror, Intel’s GPU division has turned its sights towards its next consumer-focused GPU architecture, Xe-HPG. Today the company has posted a very light teaser video advertising the forthcoming architecture.
Xe HPG microarchitecture teaser = 🍬👀 pic.twitter.com/kdzBokBiW4— Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) March 18, 2021
The brief, 30 second promotional video highlights how Xe-HPG is built on top of Intel’s current Xe-LP architecture. And while there aren’t any concrete technical details disclosed within the otherwise abstract video, it’s notable that the video does briefly show 5 layers of blocks on the Xe-HPG chip. Assuming for the moment that Intel isn’t being quite literal here – a 5 layer GPU would be extravagant and hard to cool, to say the least – it’s more likely an allusion to the number of Execution Units (EUs) or some other aspect of the architecture.
Finally, the video also includes a short block of binary text as a further game for the audience to play.
For the moment we don’t have a solid idea of what it means. But no doubt someone will figure it out before too long.
Otherwise, this will no doubt be the first of many teasers for Xe-HPG. While Intel hasn’t provided a more recent roadmap for chips based on the architecture, the company previously announced in 2020 that they were aiming for a 2021 launch. And with the first DG2 chip already in the labs as of October, we know that Intel is well underway in bringing up Xe-HPG silicon.
Update (03/19): Sharp-eyed sleuths have since solved the binary code mystery. As it turns out, the digits are for an IPv4 address, which leads to https://xehpg.intel.com/. According to Intel's page, a scavenger hunt is starting on the 26th, so it looks like Intel will have some additional games for audiences to play.
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29a - Friday, March 19, 2021 - linkThey can't make it in house.
JayNor - Friday, March 19, 2021 - linkThey are building Xe-HP in house in 10ESF. They demoed it last year performing at 42TFlop FP32. It doesn't look like they have a problem building GPUs in 10ESF, but no doubt that they still have capacity issues trying to add a potentially popular gaming GPU at the same time as all the other 10nm projects they are launching. The GPUs are good candidates for moving to TSM to expand Intel's capacity.
SarahKerrigan - Friday, March 19, 2021 - linkXe-HP - the server GPU - is inhouse. Xe-HPG is foundry.
tomatotree - Friday, March 19, 2021 - linkThis is a chiplet architecture, and I believe they're making some of the chiplets (IO die?) in house, but the main compute dies are going to be TSMC for this round of products.
ArcadeEngineer - Friday, March 19, 2021 - linkHP is chiplet architecture, but it's very unlikely for HPG.
Spunjji - Monday, March 22, 2021 - link"as long as they mostly *just work*"
That's the rub. So far, their GPUs don't akways do that.
Pinn - Thursday, March 18, 2021 - linkWas around Intel for both IA64 and Larrabee. Don't have much hope.
p1esk - Thursday, March 18, 2021 - linkYeah, this card gotta be both faster and cheaper than Nvidia. Zero hope.
Unashamed_unoriginal_username_x86 - Thursday, March 18, 2021 - linkWhether it will be better price/perf will depend on the ratio of mining performance to gaming performace. If it has great utilisation but lower peak FLOPS like Navi vs Polaris, or low mem B/W and something like infinity cache then there might be some hope
mode_13h - Thursday, March 18, 2021 - linkI think Intel has traditionally been FLOPS-heavy, and I don't expect Xe-HPG to change that.