The future of processor technology could see AMD, Intel, & Arm all share a common connection

Chiplets play a huge role in gaming CPUs today as most AMD has risen to the top with their Ryzen CPUs. That’s not all. Intel is hard at work on chipset (or tile) technology in its future generations of CPUs and GPUs, and we’re only seeing the beginning of it today. One step towards this interconnected future is the creation of a consortium to advance an open interconnect standard called Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCI), which major technology leaders announced today.
According to Intel, this unified standard for interoperable chips will reduce costs and provide a 20x improvement in I/O performance at 1/20 power.
The consortium includes Intel, ASE, AMD, ARM, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and TMSC. Intel originally developed the UCI standard and submitted it to the consortium as “an open specification that defines the relationship between chiplets in a package, enabling an open chipset ecosystem and ubiquitous package-level interconnection.”
The lack of a standardized interconnect between chipsets means you have companies developing a lot of proprietaries interconnects that potentially don’t work with others because they don’t work on a plug-and-play basis. Intel has EMIB, AMD has Infinity Fabric, and there are a bunch of others less involved in gaming.
So why is this so important? If all major chip manufacturers work with the same standard as USB, PCIe, or NVMe, then the use of universal connections for chipsets such as memory, I/O, and cores will reduce the cost of the product. In addition, it could lead to innovative new processor packages that ideally push performance beyond what would otherwise be possible.
“Integrating multiple chipsets into a single package to deliver innovative products across multiple market segments is the future of the semiconductor industry and the foundation of Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy,” said Sandra Rivera, Intel executive vice president, and general manager.
Obviously, all of this is in line with Intel’s plan to release processors with a mixture of core instruction sets, even x86, working hand in hand with ARM.
It was not specified when we would see products using the new UCI standard, but according to a press release, it could happen sooner than expected:
“With the establishment of the new UCI industry organization this year, member companies will begin work on next-generation UCI technology, including defining chipset form factor, management, enhanced security, and other important protocols.”

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