Intel had an incredibly difficult quarter, lost half a billion dollars unexpectedly due to a PC buying slowdown, and yesterday seemed like more bad news — a report from Trendforce sparked rumors about manufacturing delays. Flashed that Intel’s next big flagship processor Meteor Lake would be delayed until 2024. , which will put it one year behind schedule. (At its February investor meeting, Intel said that Meteor Lake would be “power on” this summer before shipping in 2023.)
However, Intel is vehemently denying those rumors today, spokesman Thomas Hanford clarified. ledge That not only is they untrue, but that Meteor Lake will actually ship, launch, and be available to consumers in 2023.
That’s a good thing for Intel, because Meteor Lake is one of the company’s most significant developments in many years. Not only is it the first client processor on the company’s Intel 4 architecture (formerly known as 7nm) and reportedly the first to use extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) in manufacturing, it is also the first to use chiplet designs. It’s also Intel’s first major release for 2017 where processor components can be combined more like Legos. Intel had already started going Hybrid Chips with the mix of performance and efficiency cores from their 12th generation Elder Lake, similar to a smartphone chip, but not the same thing.
The idea that Meteor Lake is still on track won’t be too much of a surprise to anyone listening to Intel’s Q2 2022 earnings call. There, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told investors directly that the company would deliver Meteor Lake in 2023, adding that it was showing “good health in our and our customers’ laboratories” and that it was already “widely available to customers.” as sample”. ,
Delivering samples to customers isn’t the same as getting ready for consumer launch, but now, Intel is clarifying that it will be ready for consumers in 2023 as well.
The Trendforce report suggested that Intel would not begin mass production of a key Meteor Lake component until late 2023, and “this event has greatly affected TSMC’s production expansion plan.” TSMC would not comment on Intel, but denied that its capacity expansion project was affected, in a statement to China’s Economic Daily.
During its Q2 earnings call, Intel said it has already shipped 35 million units of its 12th Gen Elder Lake processors. Raptor Lake, which will likely be known as Intel 13th Gen Core, is due out later this year.