At Intel Vision 2022, we saw the new Intel Sapphire Rapids chips in a number of forms including the wafers and the packages. Since these are chips we are not expecting for general availability for several more months, we figured we would at least post the photos for folks to look at.
Intel Sapphire Rapids Wafer Shots at Intel Vision 2022
Here are a few wafer shots we grabbed. Unfortunately, someone did not think to bring a proper macro lens.
Here is another one:
And here is a third wafer shot.
There are a number of these online already, but we wanted to at least add a few. We also have information on the packaging for Sapphire Rapids.
Intel Sapphire Rapids Package Shots at Intel Vision 2022
Intel had a Sapphire Rapids package out on display without the IHS at Vision 2022.
Here is another view of the chip from a slightly different angle:
We will have the Sapphire Rapids HBM pictures in another piece to make them easier to search for at a later date.
At Vision 2022, the company was also calling Sapphire Rapids the 4th Generation Intel Xeon Scalable. We hope Intel shortens the name before the actual launch. Still, here are the key specs:
Intel is using EMIB packaging to tie together four compute dies made up of Intel’s Golden Cove generation performance x86 cores. The new chips support new technologies like PCIe Gen5, CXL 1.1, and DDR5. Something that Intel discussed today is also that Sapphire Rapids will have more accelerators built in including those for AI, crypto/ compression acceleration, and databases. For those STH readers wondering, we are making many of today’s acceleration pieces knowing that accelerators are going to be a bigger part of chips going forward.