Throughout its Q1 2023 earnings, Intel introduced that it’s ramping manufacturing wafers for its Meteor Lake processors for a launch within the second half of this yr. These chips will probably be fabbed on the ‘Intel 4‘ course of node, a key milestone for the corporate as it really works in direction of delivering 5 nodes in 4 years — a objective that the CEO Pat Gelsiner reiterated within the firm’s presentation immediately. Intel says that two of these 5 nodes are virtually full.
Intel additionally says that its Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake merchandise stay on schedule to launch in 2024. Intel will use its 3D Foveros packaging tech because the bedrock for the buyer market’s Meteor Lake, Arrow Lake, and Lunar Lake processors. This know-how permits Intel to stack chiplets vertically atop one unifying base die with a Foveros interconnect. You possibly can learn extra about that know-how right here.
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As you possibly can see within the desk beneath, Meteor Lake’s new design will use a number of completely different course of nodes in the identical chip package deal. Not solely will Meteor Lake signify the primary chips with the Intel 4 course of node, a important step for Intel because it seems to proper the ship, however they can even be the primary Intel desktop PC chips that use course of node tech from TSMC. On this case, three tiles (just like chiplets) use TSMC course of nodes – the GPU, SOC, and IOE tiles. You possibly can learn the deep-dive particulars of the Intel 4 course of right here.
|Intel Meteor Lake Tile/Chiplet||Producer / Node|
|CPU Tile||Intel / ‘Intel 4’|
|3D Foveros Base Die||Intel / 22FFL (Intel 16)|
|GPU Tile (tGPU)||TSMC / N5 (5nm)|
|SoC Tile||TSMC / N6 (6nm)|
|IOE Tile||TSMC / N6 (6nm)|
Intel additionally gave a minor replace to its knowledge heart roadmap that it unveiled final month by reiterating that its Sierra Forest chips will launch within the first half of 2024. Sierra Forest, its first-gen effectivity Xeon, will include an unimaginable 144 cores, thus providing higher core density than AMD’s competing 128-core EPYC Bergamo chips. Granite Rapids will observe quickly after.
|Row 0 – Cell 0||2023||2024||2025|
|Intel P-Cores||Emerald Rapids – Intel 7 | Sapphire Rapids HBM||Granite Rapids – Intel 3||Row 1 – Cell 3|
|AMD P-Cores||5nm Genoa-X||Turin – Zen 5||—|
|Intel E-Cores||—||1H – Sierra Forest – Intel 3||Clearwater Forest – Intel 18A|
|AMD E-Cores||1H – Bergamo – 5nm – 128 Cores||—||—|