Intel said that Meteor Lake will be taped out in 2022Q4

Recently, Intel announced its third-quarter 2022 financial report. Although revenue and earnings per share exceeded previous analysts’ expectations, the fourth-quarter and full-year performance outlooks did not meet market expectations. Intel also announced a cost-cutting and efficiency-improvement plan that could cut costs by up to $10 billion between now and 2025 to cope with the impact of negative market factors such as economic downturn and inflation in the future.

According to Seeking Alpha, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger on the latest earnings conference call emphasized the upcoming products in the client and data center fields and shared the next generation of chip production and process research and development.

Pat Gelsinger said that Intel Meteor Lake will be “Tape Out” in the fourth quarter of 2022, and the Intel 4 process is moving towards mass production in an orderly manner. The Intel 3 process continues on schedule and is in good shape. The Intel 3/4 process is Intel’s first process node to deploy EUV, with significant improvements in performance per watt and transistor density.

Meteor Lake uses a modular design. In addition to using Intel’s own Intel 4 process, it will also utilize GPU modules manufactured by TSMC’s N3 or N5 process. It was previously reported that there was a delay in Meteor Lake, which indirectly caused TSMC to slow down its original N3 process plan.

In terms of data centers, although Sapphire Rapids has been postponed to next year, Emerald Rapids, its optimized version, is still planned to be released in 2023, and the two belong to the same platform. The next Granite Rapids and Sierra Forest are also expected to launch in 2024, with early versions of Granite Rapids already up and running on various configurations and operating systems, while the Sierra Forest, on the other hand, is an E-Core product that will provide world-class performance per watt.

The more advanced Intel 18A/20A is progressing well, and these new process nodes will benefit from two breakthrough technologies, RibbonFET and PowerVia. The first in-house chips are already being tested in the lab, and there is a potential external customer whose next generation has been taped out on the Intel 18A process. With the Intel 18A/20A process, Intel hopes to regain its leadership in semiconductor processes by 2025.