Intel 14th Gen CPUs will be Pricier: Will Fund 20A and 18A Process Production

Intel processors are about to get pricier as the chipmaker raises capital to ramp up advanced node production. Multiple German wholesalers have been notified of an impending price hike. The increase will affect all Core processors, including the 12th Gen Alder Lake, 13th Gen Raptor Lake, and the upcoming 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh. The Meteor Lake mobility chips will also launch at an elevated price point.

Update: Intel has denied the reports of a future price hike.

Refinancing new factories and production plants is the primary reason behind the price increase. One can only assume that this includes the creation of advanced process capacity. More specifically, the 20A node, set to begin manufacturing in the first half of 2024, will require ample attention. Intel’s 15th Gen mobile and desktop lineups are expected to leverage the 20A process.

Following Arrow Lake, we’ve got Lunar Lake, Clearwater Forest, and external foundry clients relying on 18A wafer capacity to meet goals. Manufacturing for 18A is slated to begin in the second half of 2024. If all works out, it’ll be the most advanced process node on the market.

Source: PCHardware.


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