Monday, October 5th 2020

Intel Starts Hardware Enablement of Meteor Lake 7 nm Architecture

In a report by Phoronix, we have the latest information about Intel's efforts to prepare the next generation of hardware for launch sometime in the future. In the latest Linux kernel patches prepared to go mainline soon, Intel has been adding support for its "Meteor Lake" processor architecture manufactured on Intel's most advanced 7 nm node. While there are no official patches in the mainline kernel yet, the first signs of Meteor Lake are expected to show up in the version 5.10, where we will be seeing the mentions of it. This way Intel is ensuring that the Meteor Lake platform will see the best software support, even though it is a few years away from the launch.

Meteor Lake is expected to debut in late 2022 or 2023, which will replace the Alder Lake platform coming soon. In a similar way to Alder Lake, Meteor Lake will use a hybrid core technology where it will combine small and big cores. The Meteor Lake platform will use the new big "Ocean Cove" design paired with small "Gracemont" cores that will be powering the CPU. This processor is going to be manufactured on Intel's 7 nm node that will be the first 7 nm design from Intel. With all the delays to the node, we are in for an interesting period to see how the company copes with it and how the design IPs turn out.
Source: Phoronix
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27 Comments on Intel Starts Hardware Enablement of Meteor Lake 7 nm Architecture

#1
wheresmycar
In no particular order: Sky lake, Kaby Lake, Comet Lake, Whiskey Lake, Cooper Lake, Rocket Lake, Meteor Lake, etc etc....... I can't keep up!

How do you determine which are desktop gaming type CPUs from workstation/server/mobile lake architectures?

From my understanding, Rocket Lake is next in line for desktop CPUs? By desktop I mean consumer type chips for gaming and other.
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#2
Bubster
Intel Brass are nervous and about to get a shellacking on Thursday after the unveiling of AMD's New cpu line and AMD is determined to get more Market share away from Intel.
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#3
londiste
wheresmycarIn no particular order: Sky lake, Kaby Lake, Comet Lake, Whiskey Lake, Cooper Lake, Rocket Lake, Meteor Lake, etc etc....... I can't keep up!

How do you determine which are desktop gaming type CPUs from workstation/server/mobile lake architectures?

From my understanding, Rocket Lake is next in line for desktop CPUs? By desktop I mean consumer type chips for gaming and other.
Isn't keeping track of (or looking up) codenames normal part of following the rumors? These are bound to change to some degree anyway - some get cancelled, some get moved to only some sector but not the other etc. For example, it has been awfully quiet about Rocket Lake. With it being rumored for early 2021, we should be seeing something about that by now.

Known/rumored roadmap for desktop is currently Rocket Lake (supposedly still on 14nm, early 2021), followed by Alder Lake (10nm, late 2021 or 2022) and Meteor Lake (7nm, late 2022 or 2023).
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#4
Dammeron
"Alder Lake is expected to debut in late 2022 or 2023, which will replace the Alder Lake platform coming soon." - well, it's like EA remastering their not-so-old games. :p
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#5
Tomgang
Wait what, have Intel actually decided to move away from 14nm. I never thought that I would live to see the day Intel move on from 14nm (well I better be careful what I say, 2020 is not over yet:eek:).

But 2022/2023, that's way to late and 10 nm desktop is first sometimes next year. 11 gen is still 14nm and yeah I am sick and tired of waiting to replace X58. So I think this round will be a Zen 3 based pc. Better luck next time Intel...in about 8 years perhaps.
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#6
AleksandarK
Dammeron"Alder Lake is expected to debut in late 2022 or 2023, which will replace the Alder Lake platform coming soon." - well, it's like EA remastering their not-so-old games. :p
This made me giggle :roll:

Thanks for pointing out. :)
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#9
dragontamer5788
BubsterIntel Brass are nervous and about to get a shellacking on Thursday after the unveiling of AMD's New cpu line and AMD is determined to get more Market share away from Intel.
Competition is good for sure.

These big.LITTLE clones from Intel still have some intriguing concepts. The Foveros packaging looks more advanced than anything else on the market (though I have concerns about heat in their mostly-stacked setup). I don't know where these chips will be useful though.
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#10
Tigger
I'm the only one
Can't wait to see intels 7nm cpu's, the new c3d to Amd's ryzen i wonder, they have done it before. It will also make all the idiotic Amd users saying Intel is dead shut up.
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#11
Darmok N Jalad
I though anything ending in “Lake” was based on Core of the Skylake era, while anything “Cove” is based on the next generation architecture, or does that not hold true anymore?
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#12
dragontamer5788
Darmok N JaladI though anything ending in “Lake” was based on Core of the Skylake era, while anything “Cove” is based on the next generation architecture, or does that not hold true anymore?
Icelake uses Sunny Cove cores.

EDIT: Skylake referred to the core. It seems like "Icelake" refers to the SoC, while Sunny Cove refers to the core.
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#13
WeeRab
2023. 7nm. Meteor Lake.
Dead in the water.

I'll get me coat.....
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#14
Nephilim666
tiggerCan't wait to see intels 7nm cpu's, the new c3d to Amd's ryzen i wonder, they have done it before. It will also make all the idiotic Amd users saying Intel is dead shut up.
I hope you can hold that enthusiasm for 2-3 years...
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#15
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
wheresmycarIn no particular order: Sky lake, Kaby Lake, Comet Lake, Whiskey Lake, Cooper Lake, Rocket Lake, Meteor Lake, etc etc....... I can't keep up!
When Intel runs out of lakes, they'll switch to rivers.
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#16
neatfeatguy
AquinusWhen Intel runs out of lakes, they'll switch to rivers.
Or maybe they'll go chasing waterfalls.
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#17
PooPipeBoy
AquinusWhen Intel runs out of lakes, they'll switch to rivers.
Intel was using the "bridge" naming scheme prior to Haswell. So after "lake", we might actually be going to boats or nuclear submarines.
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#18
lynx29
when 7nm Intel comes out, AMD will already be on its second iteration of 5nm possibly even 5nm EUV. i know TSMC already has 3nm factory being built, or was is 2nm, i can't remember. lol

crazy times to be alive, competition is great for everyone imo.
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#20
hat
Enthusiast
Expect 10nm in 2023, 7nm postponed to 2033 :roll:

But seriously, how can they be talking about 7nm when 10nm is still an urban legend?
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#21
Tigger
I'm the only one
Nephilim666I hope you can hold that enthusiasm for 2-3 years...
What does 2 or 3 years matter, AMD had to wait 10+ years before they managed anything to rival Intel.
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#22
wheresmycar
londisteIsn't keeping track of (or looking up) codenames normal part of following the rumors? These are bound to change to some degree anyway - some get cancelled, some get moved to only some sector but not the other etc. For example, it has been awfully quiet about Rocket Lake. With it being rumored for early 2021, we should be seeing something about that by now.

Known/rumored roadmap for desktop is currently Rocket Lake (supposedly still on 14nm, early 2021), followed by Alder Lake (10nm, late 2021 or 2022) and Meteor Lake (7nm, late 2022 or 2023).
Yeah but why can't these be SKU'd up for easy following. Rather than "rocket lake", maybe something like "rocket-lake-gaming-CPU-comes-after-comet-lake-and-stay-safe-in-your-underground-bunker-as-we-are-soon-to-be-hit-by-a-meteorite". Makes life a little easier for us occasional tech news digesting minions.

Anyway im not complaining, i've got you wonderful beings to help :)
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#23
WeeRab
tiggerWhat does 2 or 3 years matter, AMD had to wait 10+ years before they managed anything to rival Intel.
Context matters.
AMD is a company a fraction of the size of intel, but is hauling them over the coals in almost every sector.
Should this be happening to the worlds largest chip maker? I think not.
If i were an Intel investor, I would be extremely worried for the next 3 years.
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#24
Vayra86
Somehow I'm already seeing the gaping crater before the Meteor struck
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#25
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Vayra86Somehow I'm already seeing the gaping crater before the Meteor struck
Give it time. Intel will eventually turn that crater into a lake.
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