Intel may be changing Meteor Lake CPUs to compete with Apple
Intel may be making some major changes to the architecture of its upcoming Meteor Lake chips, industry sources say. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Intel may switch from using its own 7nm process node to TSMC’s 5nm. Intel Meteor Lake refers to Intel’s 14th generation of processors that are set to release in 2023, following Raptor Lake this year. Recent reports from Intel indicate that the company is on track with the development of the new chips.
According to Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, the production has been going well and the first Meteor Lake chips have already been able to boot Windows and Linux. Despite the assurance that the Intel 4 process is doing swell, anonymous industry sources cited by DigiTimes state that Intel may want to move to using TSMC’s 5nm process exclusively . Although there is something to be said for being able to produce its chips in-house, there could certainly be benefits for Intel from switching to TSMC — and those benefits might be an improvement for the end user. Expanding to also use TSMC (or perhaps use it exclusively) could result in greater chip yields and could help minimize potential delays.
The advantage for Intel could also stem from the fact that TSMC has plenty of experience producing chips similar to Meteor Lake using its 5nm process. So far, only one report about this has emerged, and Intel has yet to comment on the situation.
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