Intel provided new details on its upcoming CPU roadmap during its presentation at Investor Day 2022.
We already know a few things about Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors. They’re due out in the second half of 2022 and they’re clearly in good shape so far, as Intel has demonstrated a working system with a Raptor Lake processor.
This is an evolutionary upgrade over the 12th Gen Alder Lake processors. It will feature up to eight updated P cores and sixteen E cores, double the 12900K. Jim Johnson, senior vice president and acting head of the Client Computing group, said Intel is aiming for a double-digit performance improvement over existing 12th-generation Core Alder Lake processors.
Intel has also teased new overclocking improvements, and although we’ve suspected it for a long time, the 13th Gen processors are confirmed to be compatible with existing 12th Gen motherboards.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the Raptor Lake update was the reveal of an AI Accelerator in an M.2 form factor. It may not have much use for gamers, but Nvidia supports its Tensor Cores which include AI functionality. Could such an accelerator be used in the same way?
The big changes should come in the next generation of Meteor Lake. These will presumably be called 14th Gen processors and are currently expected to launch in 2023. Meteor Lake is expected to include a tile or chip-based architecture, with multiple dies on the same package. The CPU tile is configured to be manufactured on Intel’s next-generation Intel Node 4. As the design is highly modular, Intel can cut and change different tiles depending on its use case. Intel could add a better Arc GPU or omit an AI accelerator depending on the market segment.
What about 15th and 16th generation processors? Intel is also working hard to develop them. The first of these is codenamed Arrow Lake. It is currently scheduled to replace Meteor Lake in 2024. It is expected to be produced using Intel’s Node 20A. Arrow Lake may be another evolutionary upgrade following the major changes introduced in the Meteor Lake generation. Is the ticking back?
Then there’s Lunar Lake which could arrive as early as 2024 and it looks like it will co-exist with Arrow Lake. Intel has mentioned that it’s aiming to reclaim performance-per-watt leadership with Lunar Lake and given that it’s said it’s an ultra-low-power design, that means that it is most likely a mobile architecture. Who knows, maybe with its tile-based architecture, adding an ARM tile isn’t out of reach!
After years of 14nm and Skylake+++ memes, Intel has clearly shifted gears. Its process technology and roadmap looks very aggressive. Its CPU roadmap, advanced packaging technologies and developing graphics IP mean that Intel is well positioned to take on AMD in the years to come.