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Intel to Mass Produce 15th Gen Arrow Lake CPUs on 2nm (20A) Process in 2024

Following the launch of the 1st Gen Core Ultra processors on the 4nm-class Intel 4 node, the chipmaker plans the next checkpoint in its race to “process leadership.” Sanjay Natarajan, SVP and Executive of Intel’s Technology Department explained in an interview with Nikkei. Mass production of the 2nm-class 20A chips will begin in 2024, powering the 15th Gen Arrow Lake processors.

Like the 4nm-class Intel 4 process, 2nm (20A) will also utilize EUV lithography to enhance yields and production capacity. It’ll also be the first node to use RibbonFET transistors, commonly known as GAA (Gate All Around), the successor to FinFET.

The 15th Gen Arrow Lake processors will be the first to leverage PowerVia, Intel’s backside power delivery technology meant to optimize power and frequency. Per the chipmaker’s internal tests, PowerVia demonstrates >5% frequency improvement and >90% cell density on Intel 4.

The first 20A chips are expected to launch with Arrow Lake in the latter half of 2024. The 15th Gen client family will be the sole benefactor of the cutting-edge node. Granite Rapids and Sierra Forest are slated to use Intel 3, while Clearwater Forest will utilize 18A.

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