Intel could rely on TSMC to produce Meteor Lake

Intel could rely on TSMC to produce Meteor Lake

A few days ago we showed you the first images of Meteor Lake, a family of processors whose arrival is scheduled for 2023. Commercial Times has revealed new interesting information about the production process used, which would not be limited to the Intel 4 node.

According to reports, the Meteor Lake range would be based on the Redwood Cove architecture, produced with 7nm EUV lithography, or with the aforementioned Intel 4 production process. One of the peculiarities of the Redwood Cove design would be the possibility of producing it in any foundry.

According to the rumors, several clues seem to suggest that Intel will rely on TSMC, it is not yet clear whether as a backup in case of excessive demand, or entrusting it immediately with the production of the Redwood Cove-based chips.

Photo Credit: CNET Information leaked so far on Meteor Lake claims that future chips will be based on a hybrid design with P-Core and E-Core, exactly like the current Alder Lake, with Redwood Cove architecture for the former and Crestmont for seconds. They will be the first to no longer use a ring interconnect bus, and the design could be based on a 3D stack thanks to the use of Foveros packaging technology to interconnect multiple dies on the chip. The I / O die could be produced by an external foundry, perhaps TSMC itself. the Tile SOC-LP should then be produced with TSMC's N5 or N4 node, while the integrated GPU would exploit the Taiwanese foundry's 3nm process.

The Meteor Lake range should keep the LGA 1700 socket introduced with Alder Lake, moreover it should fully support both PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 RAM, even if, according to rumors, Intel will maintain memory support DDR4.

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