Intel is actively preparing to launch the Meteor Lake family of processors – these will be the company’s first chips based on chiplets, or tiles in Intel’s own terminology. They are manufactured using Intel 4 (7nm) process technology. According to a Japanese source, the company will be able to produce around 365,000 of these processors per month. ASCII – that’s enough for the mobile sector, but not for desktop computers. Maybe that’s why Intel decided to make this family exclusively mobile.
Intel’s top executives briefed ASCII on the company’s plans. A 300mm silicon wafer processed with Intel 4 technology can produce about 730 dies. Considering that Intel 4 technology is still young, the yield is 50%, giving 365 usable chips per wafer. Intel can process 1,000 such wafers per month, so get 365,000 working chips.
The Japanese resource also revealed the details of the architecture of the Meteor Lake processors: the base tile measures 23.1 × 11.5 mm, the CPU chiplet has approximately the same dimensions as the SoC, and they are slightly larger than the GPU tile and the I/O tile . The CPU chip is 8.9 x 8.3 mm, but with its small size, Intel managed to achieve higher performance than the monolithic Raptor Lake. At the same time, this tile is made on the basis of Intel 4 technology, the rest – graphics, I/O and SoC – according to TSMC’s 5 and 6 nm technical processes. At the plant in Oregon, USA, Intel is currently producing 40,000 disks using all available technical processes – while Intel 4 technology is currently being tested at the Fab 34 plant in Ireland.
Expected no earlier than October, Meteor Lake will mark a new naming scheme for processors with Core and Core Ultra, without the letter “i”, and these models will be the first generation in this nomenclature. They are only intended for laptops and the Raptor Lake Refresh chips are aimed at the desktop segment.