Intel’s 14th Gen Meteor Lake processors will be the first to leverage its 4nm process node. Manufactured in Ireland by Fab 34, mass production was planned for the second half of 2022. Company CEO Pat Gelsinger recently toured Fab 34. According to PG, the factory area has doubled, and production capacity has improved significantly over the last couple of months.
Fab 34 will be responsible for the Intel 4 and Intel 3 process nodes that will tackle the TSMC N4 and N3 processors from 2023 to 2024. As per official estimates, the 4nm node will improve the performance per watt by 20%, and mass production is already underway.
The 14th Gen Meteor Lake-P processors are slated for a late 2023 launch in limited volumes. The compute die will be fabbed on the internal 4nm node, while the iGPU and IO die will leverage the TSMC 5nm and 6nm node, respectively.
The Intel 3 process will be exclusive to the next-gen Xeon family and land sometime in 2024. Both these processes will adopt EUV lithography and offer significant improvements in density and performance. Granite Rapids and Sierra Forest will be the first to showcase this process node.