Intel has detailed its consumer CPU roadmap for the next 2-3 years, shedding more light on its plans for the desktop and mobility PC markets. We’re entering 2023 with the freshly launched Raptor Lake-S desktop processors. Notebooks powered by the Raptor Lake-P and HX mobility chips should hit the retail market in the coming months. Towards the second and third quarters, we expect a Raptor Lake-S refresh for the DIY market. Nothing new. The same chips with higher clocks.
Toward the end of 2023, Intel plans to release the 14th Gen Meteor Lake processors. The chipmaker claims its 4nm process is ready for ramp, and Meteor Lake is on track as planned. Meteor Lake will be the first consumer CPU to feature a chiplet design with disaggregated dies for compute, graphics, and I/O. Each of them will be fabbed on a different process node: Compute tile on the Intel 4 node, graphics die on TSMC N5, and SoC die on the TSMC N6 node.
Meteor Lake is a mobile-centric platform that will reduce the P-core count to improve battery life and power efficiency. The core architecture will be upgraded to Redwood Cove (P-core) and Crestmont (E-core). MTL was supposed to be the first desktop family to adopt the LGA1851 socket with 6 P-cores and 16 E-cores. However, rumors have claimed that the desktop platform has been canceled for unforeseeable reasons.
Arrow Lake will succeed Meteor Lake in 2024. Being part of the 14th Gen family, it’ll be socket compatible with Meteor Lake, allowing OEMs to upgrade their notebook designs easily. Seeing how the MTL-S desktop chips are in limbo, it’ll be a much-anticipated release on the DIY end. Unlike its predecessor, it will be geared towards high-performance desktop users with 8P and 16E cores.
Arrow Lake’s compute tile will be manufactured on the 20A (2nm) node with GAA (RibbonFET) transistors and PowerVia backside power delivery. It’ll feature an advanced chiplet architecture with Foveros 3D stacking, wider inter-die bandwidth, and a potent graphics die fabbed on the TSMC 3nm or 4nm process.
Lunar Lake will follow Arrow Lake in 2025. Fabbed on the cutting-edge 1.8A (1.8nm) process node, it will radically change Intel’s client CPU architecture. Built from the ground up for mobility, it’ll prioritize power efficiency over performance. There’s a very good chance that it is the product of the Royal Cove project designed by Jim Keller and his team.
Lunar Lake will feature new CPU, GPU, and VPU architectures for lower power consumption and all-day battery life. It is the result of a close collaboration with Microsoft and will fully leverage the advanced capabilities of Windows 11. You can expect a slew of new ultra-thin notebooks and convertibles based on the Lunar Lake family.