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Intel’s first 7nm “Meteor Lake” CPUs taped out this year, will launch in 2023

Intel confirmed that its first 7nm client processor architecture will be named “Meteor Lake”. Intel has seemingly solved the issues it had with its 7nm process node, allowing it to tape in Meteor Lake by the end of Q2 2021 and release the first processors in 2023.

The news came during the “Intel Unleashed: Engineering the Future” event, hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger himself. The upcoming x86 architecture will be based on a tile design and multiple manufacturing processes. Moreover, Meteor Lake will also employ Foveros packaging technology, which was first seen on Intel Lakefield chips.

Intel hasn't confirmed any details about Meteor Lake, but we expect to see the 7nm-based architecture supporting DDR5 and PCI Gen5. Similar to Alder Lake, Meteor Lake should be a hybrid CPU architecture with small and big cores. The big cores are rumoured to employ Redwood Cove core architecture. Intel previously said that the LGA1700 socket will be used in the coming three generations, meaning that Meteor Lake is likely to be the last architecture using it.

It's unclear which generation Meteor Lake will represent. Currently, Raptor Lake is expected to be the successor to Alder Lake, which would make Meteor Lake Intel's 14th generation of Core series processors. Aside from Meteor Lake CPUs, Intel is also expected to launch 7nm ‘Granite Rapids' processors in 2023.

KitGuru says: Although Intel is launching its 7nm-based processors much later than initially expected, the company seems to be focused on retaking the market share lost in the past few years. How will AMD respond? By 2023, which process node will AMD be using to power its processors?

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