Intel has confirmed additional details regarding its 14th Gen Core lineup in a Medium blog post. Shedding light on its first tiled or modular design, the chipmaker elaborated on its plans for the PC market for the next 3-5 years. Starting with the 14th, every new generation will be a collection of different product stacks featuring different process nodes, core architectures, and core counts. Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake will together form the 14th Gen family while leveraging the same socket and base tiles.
What sets them apart will be the process node and the core architectures. Courtesy of the modular design, Arrow Lake will be able to retain the barebones of its predecessor including the SoC and IO tiles, setting the stage for what will essentially be a multi-generational family. This will not only allow for quicker architectural and process upgrades but reduce costs as well.
Intel has clearly confirmed that the successor to Meteor Lake, codenamed Arrow Lake leveraging the 20A (2nm) process (up from 3nm) will use the same base die as its predecessor. The “P” core architecture will be upgraded from Redwood Cove to Lion Cove while the Crestmont “E” core will be replaced by Skymont. The core counts should also be ramped up to 32, at the very least (mostly in the form of the E cores).
This essentially means that Arrow Lake will be backward compatible with whatever socket Meteor Lake introduces. It’s unclear whether LGA1700 will be retained but if history is anything to go by, then we should see the wider LGA1851 socket power the modular chips.