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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  • Oxford Guy - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    ‘Where is the "gay-bashing"?’

    Someone has been posting there since February under the name GodSavesH0m0sNo (and various permutations). Joel Hruska, the site admin, even chatted in the comments to that person amiably, as if it’s totally fine to have a portion of his readership under attack.

    I know someone who wrote to the parent company and was completely ignored.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    Anandtech cant churn out reasonable content anymore. Their primary base wanted GPU and CPU and Case reviews, something that younger creators are better at addressing. Anandtech's older audience likes the deep dives, but anand has lost much of the manpower that makes it happen.

    Stop blaming Anandtech's demise on comment wars.
  • GeoffreyA - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    "And we're left with sites that are devolving"

    I don't view the comments on those other sites, and hardly ever visit them anyhow, but think the internet as a whole has degenerated. What is bad and vain in human nature, just springs out amplified. Possibly, the less we read online, the better. I wonder what further steps down this spiral staircase the so-called Metaverse and Web 3.0 will take us.
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    ‘the internet as a whole has degenerated.’

    The Internet has exposed human corruption schemes across the globe. A major psychological response has been for people to use verbal warfare to try to fill the void where their faith in human goodness used to be.

    Sites also use design to encourage the warfare, like the voting + comment hiding systems. Those change the discussion process into a game where shunning is the payoff.
  • GeoffreyA - Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - link

    I also think it's given people the opportunity to play amateur philosopher, writer, and slactivist. Social media, infinite scroll, dopamine-producing design, etc. surely can't be good for the human brain.

    And yes, I agree and have a low opinion of comment-voting systems, which seem to have the effect of suppressing unorthodox, out-of-the-way views.
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - link

    It’s the implementation that matters. People can be mistreated in a forum that doesn’t involve technology. The implementations on the Internet continue to become more China-like, more gamist (such as enticing people to form cliques to shun others via downvoting) and more fraudulent.

    For instance, Disqus posted an announcement years ago that claimed that the best way to improve a forum is to have more and more censorship. The same announcement claimed that that isn’t censorship at all. The company rolled out the feature of people thinking their post is being seen by others but it is only visible to them.

    Post hiding is becoming very common and it is always implemented in a deceptive manner. The most basic fact about that is that argumentum ad populum is a fallacy.

    People are being trained to think it’s normal for someone’s input to not be obviously blocked or erased (so that the censorship is able to be evaluated) — but instead to always face the possibility of being erased/blocked without anyone knowing. It’s an extremely Orwellian situation.

    Social media is what people make it. It’s not good nor bad by default. It also makes a difference — who benefits and who suffers. So, the opinions about what is ‘good’ and what isn’t usually come down, as always, to money talking. Exploitation.
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - link

    Your citation of infinite scrolling, though, is spot-on. I won’t use anything that involves that. I don’t enjoy feeling like a lab rat.
  • GeoffreyA - Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - link

    I think the more censorship there is in any field, the more blind people become to it. At length, they believe there isn't any censorship; for the orthodoxy has prevailed in snuffing out individuality. Also, the deceptive design tactics we're seeing across the industry are perhaps a reflection of dishonesty, increasing dishonesty, in the people behind it.

    On argumentum ad populum, well, that's just another instance where democracy can play tyrant; the fire of general opinion doesn't look too kindly on lone, unorthodox points of view. On the Brave New World vs. Orwellian question, I'm inclined to think the world has tended more to the former, with some touches of the latter. It's easier to control people with the perfumed path of pleasure than dictatorship.
  • GeoffreyA - Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - link

    The lab rat is a good analogy for infinite scroll!
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - link

    Argumentum ad populum is worse than democracy in a forum setting because the design and the administration select for the population that votes. People who don’t like the design and/or the behaviour/attitudes of the admins (which often includes favoritism and sock puppetry) will go elsewhere. That leaves an echo chamber.

    In regular democracy you get the problems of popular ignorance and groupthink. In a more controlled setting like an online forum, you get an increasingly selected population who often think that narrowmindedness is a good thing. Sometimes it is, such as for specialized professional discourse. Many times, though, it’s a disaster like Ars.

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