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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has been confident about his company reclaiming the processor crown from competitors such as AMD within four years.

According to a rumored roadmap leaked by a user named mooreslawisnotdead (not to be confused with YouTube leaker Moore’s Law Is Dead, although some of his previous rumors are reportedly echoed here), Intel will finally accomplish this in 2024 with a new generation of processors code named Lunar Lake.

These CPUs will purportedly be manufactured on TSMC’s 3-nanometer process and feature a combination of Lion Cove and Skymont cores, which are said to provide a big performance jump that puts the chips ahead of AMD and Apple’s options in regard to both performance and power efficiency.

The alleged roadmap also claims that Lunar Lake will be succeeded by a particularly exciting generation of processors called Nova Lake. These CPUs will supposedly boast an incredible 50 percent improvement thanks to a brand-new, cutting-edge architecture—the biggest since Intel Core in Q1 2006.

  • Alder Lake (Golden Cove/Gracemont) Q4’21 / Q1’22 – predicted to be competitively weak vs AMD/Apple offerings that time.
  • Raptor Lake (Raptor Cove / Gracemont) Q3’22 / Q4’22 – 10% CPU perf boost and 8/16 configuration puts intel back on par but expect AMD/Apple to refresh their products as well.
  • Meteor Lake (Redwood Cove / Crestmont) Q2’23 – Intel’s first true chiplet or tile based design. Different dies built on TSMC / Intel processes. More of a node shrink with single digit performance improvements. AMD will again extend lead with Zen 4+ / 5.
  • Arrow Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’23 – Will feature an updated compute tile with 8/32 config for the high end enthusiast products. Might achieve parity with AMD offerings at the time but loses out to Apple in power efficiency.
  • Lunar Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’24 – This is the product that will use TSMC 3nm as reported by Nikkei. Big performance jump expected and designed to achieve parity or beat AMD and Apple in both performance and power efficiency.
  • Nova Lake (Panther Cove [tentative]/ Darkmont) 2025 – This will mark the biggest architectural change in cpu architecture since the Core architecture is introduced in 2006. Intel is working to build an entirely new architecture from the ground up much like Ryzen with up to 50% cpu performance improvement from lunar lake. This is also the reason why Glenn Hinton returned.
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Recently, someone on reddit by the username of mooreslawisnotdead posted an Intel roadmap all the way through 2025. This roadmap contains some products/code names that haven’t been mentioned here before. The roadmap could be completely genuine or a total work of fan fiction. I guess that’s for you to decide. The user has since deleted his account, but not before I copied this information.

Source: Curmudgeon666

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11 Comments

  1. ” These CPUs will purportedly be manufactured on TSMC’s 3-nanometer process ”

    Well, ok then.

  2. I don’t think Apple cares what Intel (or any other chip producer) does anymore really, so long as TSMC can give them the production and yield on 3nm that they have contracted from them. Apple already has their 3nm contract with TSMC, and will leverage it when they are ready for their next ARM processor. That doesn’t compete directly with anything Intel does any longer (I don’t really consider Macintosh competition with the PC, although a lot may – but the vast majority of these 3nm Apple CPUs will end up in phones and tablets anyway).

    As far as beating AMD – yeah, sure. If you pay TSMC enough money they will let you beat anyone really. Intel can afford to pay to jump in line ahead of AMD. About the only people Intel couldn’t pay to jump would be Apple – but again, Apple doesn’t really care so long as it doesn’t interfere with their production contract. Honestly I don’t know if AMD is even ready for 3nm – they are still not up to 5nm (although to be fair, right now Apple is pretty much the only shop on 5nm with shipping products) — not that you have to go in order on process nodes, but Zen4 was previously slated for 5nm next year.

    And thirdly – it doesn’t say anything about Volume. It’s not like Intel hasn’t put out extremely limited runs of products before just so they can say they have them… and that’s what I likely expect this to be.

    This is a clickbait story, mostly designed to help boost Intel’s public image and stock. Paul is right, the lead is buried – this isn’t Intel using their own fabs at 3nm – those still are digging themselves out of the mud. The graphic that is with the story is highly misleading. This is Intel outsourcing their production to TSMC, which is a big story in and of itself, and not good news for Intel. It’s just being spun to sound positive.

  3. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 39004, member: 297″]
    I thought Intel bought TSMC?

    edit – nope that was talks with GloFo sorry
    [/QUOTE]

    Don’t give them any ideas :p

  4. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 38967, member: 96″]
    I don’t think Apple cares what Intel (or any other chip producer) does anymore really, so long as TSMC can give them the production and yield on 3nm that they have contracted from them. Apple already has their 3nm contract with TSMC, and will leverage it when they are ready for their next ARM processor. That doesn’t compete directly with anything Intel does any longer (I don’t really consider Macintosh competition with the PC, although a lot may – but the vast majority of these 3nm Apple CPUs will end up in phones and tablets anyway).

    As far as beating AMD – yeah, sure. If you pay TSMC enough money they will let you beat anyone really. Intel can afford to pay to jump in line ahead of AMD. About the only people Intel couldn’t pay to jump would be Apple – but again, Apple doesn’t really care so long as it doesn’t interfere with their production contract. Honestly I don’t know if AMD is even ready for 3nm – they are still not up to 5nm (although to be fair, right now Apple is pretty much the only shop on 5nm with shipping products) — not that you have to go in order on process nodes, but Zen4 was previously slated for 5nm next year.

    And thirdly – it doesn’t say anything about Volume. It’s not like Intel hasn’t put out extremely limited runs of products before just so they can say they have them… and that’s what I likely expect this to be.

    This is a clickbait story, mostly designed to help boost Intel’s public image and stock. Paul is right, the lead is buried – this isn’t Intel using their own fabs at 3nm – those still are digging themselves out of the mud. The graphic that is with the story is highly misleading. This is Intel outsourcing their production to TSMC, which is a big story in and of itself, and not good news for Intel. It’s just being spun to sound positive.
    [/QUOTE]

    While all you say is true, they do have to design a CPU for this process node that is worth making, which is in itself no small feat and I’m interested to see what comes of this.

  5. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 39010, member: 284″]
    Don’t give them any ideas :p
    [/QUOTE]
    I was wondering about this – maybe not Intel, but could Apple even afford TSMC at this point?

    TSMC has a net worth of around $615B. Usually a buyout bid will be at a premium – something above and beyond the current stock price, and take into account things like duplicate executive severances, etc.

    I don’t think Apple could even afford that, it would be more than 25% of Apple’s entire net worth.

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