Intel Lunar Lake 14th Gen Core pops up in Linux patches

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 09 2021 @ 10:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Just before the end of this month, Intel will release the Rocket Lake-S series. This new processor is basically a 10nm chip backported to the 14nm node. Early reviews of retail samples that were sold too early show the chip is somewhat of a disappointment, especially when it concerns gaming, but Intel will likely still sell a lot of these chips as AMD is constrained in terms of production capacity. Before the end of this year, Intel will follow up with Alder Lake, the 12th Gen Core processors. Alder Lake-S will be the first 10nm processor for the desktop platform, this LGA1700 processor will combine high-performance and energy-efficient cores with Xe-based integrated graphics, PCI Express 5.0 support, and DDR5 support.

Intel Lunar Lake-S in 2023-2024

This news post is about what lies beyond Alder Lake-S. A new Linux kernel patch from Intel reveals the firm is already laying the groundwork for Lunar Lake, a future chip that may be launched as the 14th Gen Core. VideoCardz speculates Lunar Lake-S could be the third and final chip on Intel's LGA1700 socket. Expect this one in 2023-2024 at the earliest. Not much is known but VideoCardz speculates it will feature Gen13 Xe-based graphics, DDR5 support, and PCI Express 5.0.

But first we get Raptor Lake-S and Meteor Lake-S

The site also has some information about the other desktop processors Intel is planning. First up, VideoCardz writes some leakers still speculate Intel will launch a Raptor Lake-S processor series in 2022. So far, this model hasn't popped up yet in drivers or Linux patches. Raptor Lake-S is described as an Alder Lake-S refresh, it may still be 12th Gen Core, but this is all a bit more speculative. Raptor Lake-S will reportedly still be made on 10nm Enhanced SuperFin, the same as Alder Lake-S, and will largely share the same feature set.

Meteor Lake-S is another chip on Intel's current roadmap -- this product is believed to be in the works for a 2022-2023 introduction. According to the rumor mill, Meteor Lake-S will be the first desktop processor from Intel to be made on a 7nm node with EUV lithography.

This would be the first 13th Gen Core desktop processor. It's expected to feature Redwood Cove high-performance cores, it's unknown if the energy-efficient cores will still be Gracemont-based. Other than this, Meteor Lake-S is expected to adopt Gen 12.7 Xe-based graphics.

As always, take this with a grain of salt and remember that long-term roadmaps change quite often.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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