Intel CPU Roadmap: What’s Next After 4nm Meteor Lake?

Intel’s 1st Gen Core Ultra processors are finally out. Unfortunately, despite using the chipmaker’s most advanced node (Intel 4), they’re utter garbage. Not only are they slower than AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs, they’re less power efficient as well. We now know why Meteor Lake isn’t coming to the desktop market. Anywho, I wanted to revisit Intel’s CPU roadmap and see what’s left on the checklist.

Intel CPU Roadmap 2024-25: 15th Gen Arrow Lake

The 15th Gen Arrow Lake processors are the next significant upgrade on Intel’s CPU roadmap. Like Meteor Lake, they’ll utilize a disaggregated (chiplet) architecture, with a 2nm-class 20A CPU die. The cores will also upgraded to Lion Cove (P) and Skymont (E). The iGPU will be based on the Battlemage graphics IP and fabbed on TSMC’s 3nm/4nm node. The desktop lineup is planned to land in late 2024 with up to 24 cores (8P + 8E).

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The 16th Gen family will refresh Arrow Lake, increasing the cores and cache, much like Raptor Lake. The top-end desktop die is expected to pack up to 40 cores, including 8P and 32 E-cores. The process node and core architectures will remain unchanged. The Arrow Lake Refresh should land in late 2025.

Lunar Lake is supposed to be an ultrabook/convertible SoC succeeding Lakefield. It’ll be fabbed on TSMC’s 3nm (N3B) node and feature up to 4P and 4E cores (+2 LP cores). These chips are similar to Arrow Lake but produced by TSMC with a lower TDP of 7-15W. The launch is expected alongside the same.

Intel CPU Roadmap 2025-26: Panther Lake and Nova Lake

The 17th Gen Panther Lake lineup will be fabricated on the Intel 18A node. Like Meteor Lake, it’ll be a mobile-centric design powered by “Cougar Cove” P cores and “Darkmont” E cores. It’ll leverage a new die layout with up to 12 cores, including 4P, 8E, and 4LP cores. Panther Lake is expected to land at the end of 2025.

18th Gen Nova Lake will be Arrow Lake’s true successor with 16 P-cores and 32 E-cores (+4 LP-cores). It’ll be fabbed on the Intel 14A node, and adopt P-cores capable of leveraging Rentable Units and Arctic Wolf E-cores. These CPUs are expected to feature high-cache variants akin to AMD’s 3D V-Cache chips. A late 2026 launch is planned for Nova Lake.

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