Intel 14th Gen Meteor Lake-S Desktop CPU support has been added to the Linux 6.3 Kernel
Although earlier reports suggested that Intel might cancel the desktop version of Meteor Lake-S, mounting evidence indicates that it has not been scrapped. However, it may only offer Core i5 models at most. The notion of cancellation is not entirely baseless, as Meteor Lake features a maximum of 6 Performance cores and 16 Efficiency cores. Thus, it may not surpass the current 8 Performance cores and 16 Efficiency cores of Raptor Lake in multi-threading performance, similar to how the Core i9-11900K underperformed the Core i9-10900K in multi-threading capabilities.
Within the Linux 6.3 update released on May 6th, support for Meteor Lake-S SPI serial flash memory was added, along with the inclusion of Meteor Lake-S PCI ID listings in the supported device driver list.
The release timeline for Meteor Lake-S remains uncertain. This year, at least, Raptor Lake Refresh should debut, and Intel is expected to launch the mobile version of Meteor Lake at the CES event early next year. It is unknown whether the desktop version will be postponed. The next-generation processors will adopt the LGA 1851 socket, maintaining the same 45 x 37.5 mm dimensions as the current LGA 1700 and ensuring compatibility with cooling solutions. The new platform will also be compatible with the subsequent Arrow Lake-S and, according to rumors, the successor Panther Lake-S.
Meteor Lake-S will only offer Core i5 models at most, including products with 35W and 65W TDPs, excluding unlocked K and KF variants. In contrast, the succeeding Arrow Lake-S could provide up to Core i9 models, as the core count increases to 8 Performance cores and 16 Efficiency cores. Aside from employing a multi-chip design, the new generation processors will feature an L4 cache, reportedly integrated into the base module. Current L4 cache tests range from 128MB to 512MB in size, though it can be expanded to the gigabyte level.