Intel has given us a first look at its 14th generation mobile and desktop processors, codenamed "Meteor Lake", which will be released in 2023. These will be the first processors to use the new "Intel" process node. 4", which replaces the Intel Design 7 used in the company's current processors.
Intel 4 is a 7nm process technology, while Intel 7 was 10nm (yes, we agree the naming convention is silly). The exciting part is that Intel 4 will use a new type of processor lithography called "advanced extreme ultraviolet" lithography, or EUV for short. This replaces conventional deep ultraviolet immersion lithography used in current processor production.
Intel is playing catch up here, as competitors AMD, TSMC and now Apple are already using EUVs. Still, the Meteor Lake CPUs look impressive, offering a 21,5% improved CPU frequency at the same power level, or alternatively 40% higher power efficiency at the same performance level. .
Meteor Lake will also utilize Intel's core performance and efficiency design introduced in current 12th Gen Alder Lake processors, as confirmed by snapshots of the new processors showing mobile processors with 2P+ 8E and 6P+ 8E configurations (that's P for performance and E for efficiency). . Desktop chips will require a new motherboard as they will use the new LGA-1851 socket.
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Analysis: Can Intel expect to remain competitive with this new technology?
Given the impressive energy efficiency of Apple's silicon and AMD's growing processor market share, Intel clearly needs to adapt to stay relevant. The switch to EUV lithography for CPU production won't surprise anyone familiar with the CPU race, but will it be enough?
AMD seems determined to become the desktop CPU brand of choice for gamers, with its new 3D V-cache technology (as seen on the incredible Ryzen 7 5800X3D) delivering incredible gaming performance. AMD's next-gen chips are confirmed to have such a massive L3 cache, meaning gamers could leave Intel behind when the Ryzen 7000 arrives.
On the other hand, Apple's M1 and M2 chips have proven to be absolutely amazing in MacBooks, making Apple's silicon the best processor for productivity. Intel has held a solid lead over AMD when it comes to laptop processors, but Apple is starting to look like a serious threat.
Of course, Intel is also preparing to fight on other grounds, already entering the GPU market with its Arc graphics cards for laptops. Desktop Arc GPUs are also on the way, but between the lags and mixed early performance, we fear Intel may struggle for years to come. Will these new processors be enough? Only time will tell.