Alongside Intel’s regular earnings report yesterday, the company also delivered a brief up on the state of one of their most important upcoming products, Meteor Lake. Intel’s first chiplet/tile-based SoC, which completed initial development last year, has now completed power-on testing and more. The news is not unexpected, but for Intel it still marks a notable milestone, and is important proof that both Meteor Lake and the Intel 4 process remain on track.

Meteor Lake, which is slated to be the basis of Intel’s 14th generation Core processors in 2023, is an important chip for the company on several levels. In terms of design, it is the first chiplet-based (or as Intel likes to put it, “disaggregated”) mass-market client SoC from the company. Intel’s roadmap for the Core lineup has the company using chiplet-style SoCs on a permanent basis going forward, so Meteor Lake is very important for Intel’s design and architecture teams as it’s going to be their first crack at client chiplets – and proof as to whether they can successfully pull it off.

Meanwhile Meteor Lake is also the first client part that will be built on the Intel 4 process, which was formerly known as Intel’s 7nm process. Intel 4 will mark Intel’s long-awaited (and delayed) transition to using EUV in patterning, making it one of the most significant changes to Intel’s fab technology since the company added FinFETs a decade ago. Given Intel’s fab troubles over the past few years, the company is understandably eager to show off any proof that its fab development cycle is back on track, and that they are going to make their previously declared manufacturing milestones.

As for this week’s power-on announcement, this is in-line with Intel’s earlier expectations. At the company’s 2022 investor meeting back in February, in the client roadmap presentation Intel indicated that they were aiming for a Q2’22 power-on.

In fact, it would seem that Intel has slightly exceeded their own goals. While in a tweet put out today by Michelle Johnston Holthaus, the recently named EVP and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group, announced that Meteor Lake had been powered on, comments from CEO Pat Gelsinger indicate that Meteor Lake is doing even better than that. According to Gelsinger’s comments on yesterday’s earnings call, Meteor Lake has also been able to boot Windows, Chrome, and Linux. So while there remains many months of bring-up left to go, it would seem that Meteor Lake’s development is proceeding apace.

But that will be a story for 2023. Intel will first be getting Raptor Lake out the door later this year. The Alder Lake successor is being built on the same Intel 7 process as Alder Lake itself, and will feature an enhanced version of the Alder Lake architecture.

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  • tamalero - Sunday, May 1, 2022 - link

    Agree. No surprise if they moved to Youtube and Patreon to support their writing, leaks and information. Just like how GamerNexus and similars do their services.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    Asking what the plan is isn't "harrasment" and that spineless wimpering is what leads to the internet becoming so sanitized that nobody can make a living on it anymore.
  • web2dot0 - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - link

    You are asking people with expertise and skillset that qualifies them to get paid well, but you expect them to work for free ... because you are entitled to it.


    Why do you think people have moved to TikTok / and Clickbait YTube video in 10-15mins format rather than doing any deep dive or critical analysis of any kind?

    Don't blame the player, blame the game.
  • Kangal - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - link

    Perhaps they should follow the direction of Linus Media Group. Have a bunch of professionals who are great at the difficult technical stuff. Then have a handful of people that have great personalities in front of the camera. And drive the business first by info-tainment videos, and follow up with the professional articles.

    Otherwise, when all the great people at AT leave and are replaced by bad actors, the important but/heart has been replaced. You've essentially lost that company to obscurity, ignorance, or advertising for big corporations.
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, May 1, 2022 - link

    A format pivot like that requires vision, leadership buy-in, and funding. There is also risk that AT will not be able to shoulder aside existing media-centric companies such as LMG that already have built an extensive fan base. Future (or whatever company owns AT now) may not have the interest of financing to support an effort like that and my own opinion is that they waited too long and are simply not in a position to acquire the cash to make a pivot.
  • erotomania - Sunday, May 1, 2022 - link

    It's too late for an Anandtech pivot. The talent drain due to the funding drain wiped out that chance a while ago. Who is left? Ryan, Gavin, Brett, E.F? They don't all live on the same continent so I think a LMG pivot is out. If Ryan is smart, he's already working his next industry job right now. The Purch/Future money is drying up, the budget was slashed a long time ago, the owners don't care, the ads don't pay....

    This game is up. I hate it too. But it is.
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, May 1, 2022 - link

    And we're left with sites that are devolving, with things like the post hiding and political nonsense at Ars. That was never a great site but it has drastically declined in terms of the ability to have a meaningful conversation — due to the implementation of the voting game. Extremetech has gay-bashing as part of its main course now. The admin there even speaks directly to the person using a bigoted alias, as if there's nothing strange about it.

    Anandtech is one of the few remaining bastions of civilized discourse and it seems that's no longer what people in this world are looking for. They don't want to debate without absurd Orwellian games like post hiding voting systems. Echo chambers are not interesting to me.
  • nandnandnand - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    Where is the "gay-bashing"? I don't go to Extremetech often enough to have seen it. Sounds better than Arse Technica: Home of the DrPizza.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    Well, typically "gay bashing" usually means something along the lines of " I'm not a huge fan of the alphabet group".

    Ars Reddita is far worse, with the hiding of the Dr. CheesePizza and using the same lame voting system that turned reddit into an insane echo chamber of losers.
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    ‘Well, typically "gay bashing" usually means something along the lines of " I'm not a huge fan of the alphabet group".’

    Use that absurd formulation to try to justify posting bigoted comments on the basis of race, sex, and religion and see how far it gets you.

    People who are unable to appreciate valuable members of society due to their unnecessary false beliefs can choose to keep their opinions to themselves. Not being a ‘fan’ doesn’t entitle them to attack people.

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