Intel had an incredibly tough quarter, unexpectedly losing half a billion dollars due to a slump in PC purchases, and yesterday seemed like more bad news – a TrendForce report on manufacturing delays sparked Intel’s next big flagship processor, Meteor Lake, is rumored to be delayed until 2024, putting it up to a year behind schedule. (At an investor meeting in February, Intel said Meteor Lake would be “powered up” this summer before shipping in 2023.)
However, Intel categorically denies these rumors today, with spokesman Thomas Hannaford clarifying to The edge that not only are they fake, but Meteor Lake will actually ship, launch, and be available to consumers in 2023.
This is a good thing for Intel, as Meteor Lake has been one of the company’s most important developments for many years. Not only is it the first client processor on the company’s Intel 4 (formerly known as 7nm) architecture and it’s reportedly the first to use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography in manufacturing, but it s It’s also the first major release from Intel to use a chip design where the processor components can be combined more like Legos. Intel had already started moving to hybrid chips with its blend of 12th Gen Alder Lake performance and efficiency cores, similar to a smartphone chip, but it’s not the same.
The idea that Meteor Lake is still on track will come as no big surprise to anyone who listened to Intel’s Q2 2022 earnings call. There, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said bluntly. to investors that the company would deliver Meteor Lake in 2023, saying it was showing “good health in our labs and those of our customers” and had already been “extensively sampled for customers”. ”
Delivering samples to customers isn’t the same as being ready for a consumer launch, of course, but now Intel is making it clear that it will also be ready for consumers in 2023.
The TrendForce report suggested that Intel wouldn’t even begin mass production of a key Meteor Lake component until late 2023, and that “this incident has significantly affected TSMC’s production expansion plan.” TSMC would not comment on Intel, but denied that its capacity expansion plan was affected in a statement to China’s Economic Daily.
During its second-quarter earnings call, Intel said it has already shipped 35 million units of its 12th-generation Alder Lake processors. Raptor Lake, which will likely be known as Intel’s 13th Gen Core, is expected to arrive later this year.