Intel had an incredibly tough quarter, unexpectedly losing half a billion dollars due to a decline in PC purchases, and yesterday seemed like more bad news – a report from TrendForce about production delays sparked rumors that Intel’s next big flagship processor would be Meteor Lake delayed to 2024, which would put it as much as a year behind schedule. (In an investor meeting in February, Intel said Meteor Lake would “turn on” this summer before shipping in 2023.)
However, Intel flatly denies these rumors today, with spokesperson Thomas Hannaford clarifying The Verge that they are not only untrue, but that Meteor Lake will actually ship, launch and be available to consumers in 2023.
That’s a good thing for Intel, because Meteor Lake is one of the company’s most important developments in years. Not only is it the first client processor on the company’s Intel 4 architecture (formerly known as 7nm) and reportedly the first to use extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) in production, it is also the first major release from Intel to use a chip design where processor components can be combined more like Legos. Intel had already started moving to hybrid chips with its 12th generation Alder Lakes blend of performance and efficiency cores, similar to a smartphone chip, but not the same.
The idea that Meteor Lake is still on track won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who listened to Intel’s Q2 2022 earnings call. There, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told direct investors that the company would ship Meteor Lake in 2023, saying it showed “good health in both our and customers’ labs” and that it was already “broadly selected for customers.” ”
Delivering samples to customers is not the same as being ready for a consumer launch, but now Intel is clarifying that it will be ready for consumers in 2023 as well.
The TrendForce report suggested that Intel would not even begin mass production of a key Meteor Lake component until the end of 2023, and that “this event has greatly affected TSMC’s production expansion plan.” TSMC would not comment on Intel, but denied that the capacity expansion project had been affected in a statement to China’s Economic Daily.
During its Q2 earnings call, Intel said it had already shipped 35 million units of its 12th generation Alder Lake processors. Raptor Lake, which will likely be known as Intel 13th Gen Core, should arrive later this year.