Intel Meteor Lake has been confirmed to be Intel’s first desktop processor to feature 7nm architecture.
Intel’s new CEO Pat Gelssinger revealed the news on 23 March 2021, as well as suggesting that the new processor be launched in 2023.
This is a major breakthrough for Intel, which has been stuck on the 14nm architecture for desktop processors for a few years now. While the new Intel Rocket Lake processors use the 14nm process, AMD’s Ryzen 5ooo chips are based on TSMC’s 7nm process, giving the latter a huge advantage.
Why is a small process node important?
Smaller a nm ‘essentially means that a chip can have smaller transistors, allowing processor manufacturers to fit more of them onto a chip while increasing power efficiency. A small die-back also allows for more cores per chip, which explains why AMD has taken core counts in recent years compared to Intel.
So it is undoubtedly good news that Intel is finally moving on to the 7nm process, but is it too late? Read on for everything we know on the upcoming Intel Meteor Lake desktop processor.
Intel Meteor Lake Release Date
Intel has confirmed that the Meteor Lake desktop processor will launch in 2023. It’s a long way, but it’s still exciting that Intel has finally got a firm launch window for its 7nm desktop processor.
It is unlikely that we will get a more specific launch date by 2023, so don’t expect any more news on this front soon.
Intel Meteor Lake Specs
Not much information is currently available about the Intel Meteor Lake, but Intel has confirmed that it will become the company’s first desktop processor to feature the 7nm architecture.
This could not only make Intel’s upcoming desktop chips more powerful than previous generations, but could also potentially allow Intel to fit more cores per chip. This is an area that Intel has lagged from AMD in recent years, making such a move vitally important.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger also pointed out that Meteor Lake would use a hybrid approach, using different types of cores on a chip. It will be an architecture design similar to the upcoming Elder Lake processors, with both 10nm Gracemont and 10nm Golden Covees.
Intel will also use its FeverOS packaging technology with Intel Meteor Lake, which has been used with the already existing Intel Lakefield processor.
Whatever Intel has shared so far about Meteor Lake, the new processor generation is still far from release. More specific details, such as core counts and frequency speeds, are unlikely to be shared until 2023 at the earliest.
The reveal of Meteor Lake is undoubtedly very exciting for Intel fans, who are finally making the move to the 7nm manufacturing process, waiting for Team Blue. AMD is already selling 7nm processors that are loaded with cores and threads, making it extremely important that Intel is finally catching up in this regard.
However, AMD has already confirmed that it plans to launch its Zen 4 processor in 2022, which will feature TSMC’s 5nm process node. Keeping this in mind, Intel still has a lot of work to do to make up for lost time with 7nm troubles. Meteor Lake will likely not be a quick fix for all of Intel’s recent issues, but it is at least welcome news to see Intel back on track.