Intel's 7nm Meteor Lake chips still on schedule for a 2023 release

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What you need to know

  • Intel's Meteor Lake processors appear to be on schedule for a release in 2023.
  • Intel's Gregory Bryant shared that the company is "taping in" its 7nm Meteor Lake compute tile.
  • "Taping in" means that the processor design is finished and that Intel can move towards making the final chip design.

Intel appears set to release its 7nm Meteor Lake processors in 2023. Gregory Bryant, executive VP & GM of Intel's Client Computing Group explained that the company is "taping in" its 7nm Meteor Lake compute tile now. A post from Intel further clarifies that the company "expects to tape in the compute tile for its first 7nm client CPU (code-named "Meteor Lake") in the second quarter of this year" (via Videocardz).

Taping in refers to the various design elements of the processor being finished. Once it's taped in, Intel can move towards making the final design of the chip. Intel can then "tape out" the final product, which indicates that the processor is ready to ship.

Intel's initial announcement of Meteor Lake came with an expected tape in date of Q2 2023, so the company seems to be on pace for its original schedule.

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Intel is currently on its 11th-gen Rocket Lake chips. The 12th-gen is known as Alder Lake and is expected later this year. Rumors suggest a 13th-gen titled Raptor Lake that will be a refresh of Alder Lake (via TechRadar). After that, Intel could move to Meteor Lake, which would be the first on the 7nm process.

In an earnings call earlier this year, Intel announced a six-month delay of its 7nm process. That delay would push it into late 2022 or early 2023, which lines up well with estimates of the release of Meteor Lake.

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  • Anyone else feel like Intel is getting left in the dust? 7nm in 2023? The M1 is 5mn and is already released. Couple that with the new announcements from ARM, It seems like Core is headed for extinction. At least Intel is building that new factory to build everyone else's designs. I'm I wrong here?
  • x86 has a very long path ahead of it and is nowhere near "extinction." Chips aren't all bout nanometers. While that plays a role (and varies from vendors, technically), it's about the overall design, efficiency, and other details that matter. Basically, most people with laptops for work/productivity aren't complaining that an i7 feels slow, and with Evo, we're now hitting realistic 10 hours of battery life. Those can both improve, of course, but Intel is still doing quite well with no signs of abating. It just surpassed Q1 2021 earnings and revenue estimates raking in $19.67 billion for the quarter (reported April 22).
  • Sure, I understand that they aren't dead yet, but ARM seems to be catching up at a breakneck pace. Once it does there will be a hard shift to it, due to advantages such as instant-wake, modem integration and power efficiency. The only roadblock is software compilation, but that transition is already happening. I doubt it will be a major hurdle in two years. It just seems to me that Intel is doing the bare-minimum. I'd love to be wrong, as I love tech and don't want to see any major innovators not living up to their full potential. That's just what I see.
  • "Once it does there will be a hard shift to it, due to advantages such as instant-wake, modem integration and power efficiency. "
    Maybe. TBH, 11th Gen Evo chips have faster resumes times than ARM right now. Intel has done a lot there already making the delta between the two not so great (see battery life as well). Plus, you get things like PCIe 4.0, TB4, etc.
  • The software compilation issue I’d huge. If I asked Rockwell or Siemens or any other industrial software vendor when there ARM stuff will be ready they will laugh me out of the room. We have over 3K machines running this type of software. About 20% of our base. Then lets move on to SAP. Same reaction I suspect. This is about 50% of our base. The newest Intel stuff runs really well, has great batter life and wakes almost instantly. The size of the die is irrelevant.
  • Yeah, they're definitely behind, but what new Intel chips can do is still amazing, and most people would be happy with it if they ignored things like on-paper specs and just used their devices like they would. I'd love a Surface Pro with M1 performance, but it's not like I'm crying here. And I have a 10th gen chip. Also, think about how big of a fire was lit under Intel when the M1 chips came out. Competition is good. For us, anyway.
  • I'll believe it when I see the actual products reviewed until then it's all "meaningless" numbers 😅 and a lot can happen in 2 years.