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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  • ballsystemlord - Friday, April 29, 2022 - link

    "Gluing chips together"? Naughty. Naughty. ;)
  • Silver5urfer - Friday, April 29, 2022 - link

    Made for "Lower Power" a.k.a BGA trash. Sadly that's where the money is, because so many people simply do not care to buy PC for longevity they all want the castrated performance for the little convenience it has and Apple consumers being even worst accepting Soldered SSDs, RAM and everything irreparable garbage.
  • Silver5urfer - Friday, April 29, 2022 - link

    Edit - I didn't mean to reply to you but make my own. Somehow that mistake happened.
  • AusMatt - Friday, April 29, 2022 - link

    These designs make a lot of sense when laptops are such a significant part of the market. So many people are not looking for a high-end gaming machine. Laptops are now so useful given that it's easy to plug in another two displays to practically any laptop (USB alt mode + native HDMI 2).
  • TomWomack - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - link

    I do not care if I can't repair or replace things that are already big enough and never break.
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, May 1, 2022 - link

    To be fair, upgrades are on a much slower cycle. For instance, I'm typing away happily on my Stream 11 with a Celeron n3060 and its sufficient for the vast majority of my compute needs including entertainment. No I don't stream the games I play or run anything graphically demanding, but there is no compelling need to replace CPUs, add RAM, etc if someone has realistic expectations about what computing actually requires. Most of what people do in terms of home computing is entertainment driven, wasteful, needlessly energy and cost intensive, and promotes physical inactivity anyhow. BGA is the least of our worries as a civilization and species.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, May 2, 2022 - link

    BGA is still an enviromental concern for enabling throw away culture. I recently upgraded an old second gen core i laptop from a pentium to a dual core i7 along with an SSD, and that thing FLEW. If it was BGA that still functional machine would be scrap, as the pentium was far too slow for daily use anymore.
  • nandnandnand - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - link

    It's not an iGPU, it's a tGPU!
  • JayNor - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - link

    What's the difference between tGPU and iGPU? Does the tGPU connect to the CPU via a pcie bus and have its own memory controller?
  • michael2k - Saturday, April 30, 2022 - link

    Yes, something like that:

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