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Intel begins to work on Linux support for Meteor Lake architecture

While Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake CPUs are still quite far from release, work on support for Linux has already started. Intel engineers have started to work on patches for the Linux Kernel so that the upcoming Intel architecture is supported on Linux-based systems out-of-the-box.

As noted by Phoronix, the Linux 5.10 should come with the first signs of the Intel Meteor Lake. None of these patches has got into the mainline Linux kernel, but these Linux kernel patches mentioning Intel Meteor Lake have been queued to do so.

The Intel e1000e Gigabit Ethernet Linux driver was the target of these patches, and apparently, it will support the Meteor Lake client platform. This might mean that in two years, 1Gb Ethernet will still be the standard on Intel platforms. Fortunately, this doesn’t impede that other motherboards manufacturers add 2.5Gb options on their products.

Intel Meteor Lake is expected to be based on Intel’s 7nm SuperFin process node, and feature Ocean Cove and Gracemont core architectures. Intel Meteor Lake will be the successor of Alder Lake, and just like its predecessor, it will feature Intel’s hybrid processor architecture. Expected for 2022/2023, it will most likely rival the likes of AMD Zen4 processors, which should be based on TSMC’s 5nm process node.

For now, the only mention of Intel Meteor Lake was on the intel e1000e Linux driver. Other hardware drivers might also receive extended support for Meteor Lake.

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