Intel 7nm Meteor Lake CPU design has now been taped in, still expected for 2023 launch

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, May 25, 2021 12:25 PM

Intel had a bit of a dip recently, but seems to be bouncing back in full spirits as they work on releasing their first discrete desktop graphics card in the middle of a global GPU shortage. The Blue Team is also currently getting ready to launch their next 12th Gen Core Alder Lake series of processors, but have also just celebrated a new milestone with their next lineup after Alder Lake.

Intel got themselves into hot water recently when it was revealed that their 7nm process node had once again been delayed until 2023, which ended up getting them a lawsuit. However, with a new CEO at the head the company has just announced they have officially ‘taped in’ their first 7nm processor, codenamed Meteor Lake.

Great way to start the week! We are taping in our 7nm Meteor Lake compute tile right now,” said the Executive Vice President & GM of Intel's Client Computing Group. “A well-deserved celebration by the team on this milestone.” Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger also chimed in with: “Taping in! Good progress!

‘Taping out’ is the final stage of designing a chip before it gets sent for manufacturing, with ‘taping in’ being another stage in the design period before all that happens. Essentially, it’s another step towards actually producing the chip in a foundry and selling it to customers. It’s still not expected to launch until 2023, but it is exciting given the troubles Intel has had with the 7nm process.

The question is though: who will actually be manufacturing the chips? Intel will be using TSMC to manufacture their upcoming Xe graphics cards, and so far Intel has yet to confirm whether they will still be using their internal foundries for Meteor Lake.

Either way, it’s an exciting step in Intel’s pipeline, which should see the company getting back on its feet after the numerous issues and a weak launch of the 11th Gen Rocket Lake series earlier this year. But first we’ll have to see if their new hybrid desktop architecture for Alder Lake pays off later this year.

What do you think? Are you excited for Intel’s Meteor Lake? What will the Intel and AMD situation be like? Who will remain on top? Let us know your thoughts!

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00:00 May-26-2021

Alder Lake may be interesting, but Intel's 7nm process is something else to look forward to. I'm eager for the next 2-3 years. Meteor Lake and Lunar Lake are gonna be very interesting. AMD's Zen 4 is also interesting as it may have 2.5D stacking.

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18:32 May-25-2021

By then AMD is on 5nm.
And 3nm is also on schedule.

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21:52 May-25-2021

TSMC 5nm, Intel 7nm isn't the same as TSMC 7nm, you can't really compare the process nodes by their manufacturers given numbers.

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13:44 May-25-2021

I just want competition between AMD and Intel and NVidia so that the prices can fall. If Intel brings out a great chip for the buck... great. Another incentive for AMD to give better price/performance ratio chips on the market.
I mean, I just bought an Acer Nitro 5 with RTX 3060 (Mobile version at 80 W) with Ryzen 5 5600h for 1200 euro... That's less expensive than the 3060 desktop version GPU itself while being max 20 FPS worse (I don't care). While the i5 version laptop (4 core) is selling for 1300 euro.... I mean, more expensive and weaker...

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00:42 May-26-2021

1200 euros still feels expensive, got my rig for 1250 euros(converted)..but again it's a laptop..

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12:41 May-25-2021

When gpu market is dead AF right now at least cpu market has become very exciting, so glad we are done with 4core i5/4core+HT i7 era right now and minimal performance boost increments over each generation. Both amd and intel are firing on all cylinders and im loving it

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12:28 May-25-2021

M1 became the motivation that Intel was missing all this time.

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12:45 May-25-2021

that is mostly in mobile market, for desktop it was clearly zen 1 when things finally started moving again, if not amd we still would be having 8c/16t or 6c/12t as ultra high end

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