Intel has provided more information about its goals for the desktop and mobile PC sectors by outlining its consumer CPU roadmap for the next two to three years. With the recently released Raptor Lake-S desktop processors, 2023 has here. In the upcoming months, laptops with Raptor Lake-P and HX mobility CPUs should be available in stores. A Raptor Lake-S revamp for the DIY market is something we anticipate happening in the second and third quarters. Nothing fresh has been introduced. Higher clock speeds on the same processors.
Intel intends to deploy the 14th Gen Meteor Lake processors around the end of 2023. The chipmaker believes that Meteor Lake is progressing according to schedule and that its 4nm process is ready for ramp. The first consumer CPU with a chiplet design with separate dies for computing, graphics, and I/O will be Meteor Lake. The compute tile will be produced on the Intel 4 node, the graphics die on the TSMC N5 node, and the SoC die on the TSMC N6 node.
A mobile-focused platform called Meteor Lake will have fewer P-cores to increase battery life and power efficiency. Redwood Cove (P-core) and Crestmont will replace the current core design (E-core). The MTL desktop series was meant to be the first to use the LGA1851 socket, which has 6 P-cores and 16 E-cores. Rumors, however, have it that the desktop platform has been abandoned for unknown reasons.
In 2024, Arrow Lake will replace Meteor Lake. It will be socket compatible with Meteor Lake because it is a member of the 14th Gen family, making it simple for OEMs to update their notebook designs. Given the uncertainty surrounding the MTL-S desktop chips, the release will be eagerly awaited by the DIY community. It will be designed for high-performance desktop users with 8P and 16E cores, in contrast to its predecessor.
The compute tile from Arrow Lake will be produced using GAA (RibbonFET) transistors with PowerVia backside power supply on the 20A (2nm) node. It will have a cutting-edge chiplet architecture with wider inter-die bandwidth, Foveros 3D stacking, and a formidable graphics die manufactured using TSMC’s 3nm or 4nm processes.
In 2025, Lunar Lake will come after Arrow Lake. Its fabrication on the state-of-the-art 1.8A (1.8nm) manufacturing node would fundamentally alter the design of Intel’s client CPUs. It’s been designed from the ground up for mobility and will put power efficiency before performance. There is a very good probability that it came from the Jim Keller and his team-designed Royal Cove project.
New CPU, GPU, and VPU architectures in Lunar Lake will result in decreased power usage and all-day battery life. It is the outcome of tight cooperation with Microsoft and will fully utilise Windows 11’s enhanced features. Many more ultra-thin laptops and convertibles based on the Lunar Lake series are to be expected.