Next Generation Intel Meteor Lake Processors Spotted in Linux Patches, Introducing New Process Cores and Nodes

References to Intel’s next-generation Meteor Lake processor line have been spotted in the latest Linux patches by Phoronix (Going through Videocardz). The future line of processors was mentioned in the Linux 5.10 patch release.

Intel Meteor Lake processors spotted in Linux patches, will include all new CPU and GPU cores on the next generation process node

The Intel Meteor Lake line of processors is a distant family that will appear sometime in 2022. The new line of processors will succeed the Intel Alder Lake family that will debut in the second half of 2021. The processor family is expected to make use of next-gen core technologies and has a brand new process node, but before that, let’s see what details the Linux patches reveal for Intel’s Meteor Lake.

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Intel plans to add support for Meteor Lake in phases and the first comes in the form of the Linux Intel e1000e driver which is in progress. expanded to support the Meteor Lake client platform, as reported by Phoronix. The Intel e1000e references the Gigabit Ethernet driver, so at first glance there will still be 1Gbe LAN support for Meteor Lake or it could just be used to test early variations of silicon. Intel already offers 2.5Gbe LAN support on its existing platform, so it’s likely that they will keep and upgrade to something even better in future generations, for example 5Gbe and beyond.

Comparison of Intel Desktop Processor Generations:

Intel processor family Processor process Processor cores (maximum) TDP Platform chipset Platform Memory support PCIe support Launch
Sand bridge (2nd generation) 32 nm 4/8 35-95W Series 6 LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 2.0 2011
Ivy bridge (3rd generation) 22 nm 4/8 35-77W Series 7 LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2012
Haswell (4th generation) 22 nm 4/8 35-84W 8 series LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2013-2014
Broadwell (5th generation) 14 nm 4/8 65-65W Series 9 LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Skylake (6th generation) 14 nm 4/8 35-91W 100-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Lac Kaby (7th generation) 14 nm 4/8 35-91W 200-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (8th generation) 14 nm 6/12 35-95W 300-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (9th generation) 14 nm 8/16 35-95W 300-Series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2018
Comet Lake (10th generation) 14 nm 10/20 35-125W 400 series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2020
Rocket Lake (11th generation) 14 nm 8/16 35-125W 500 series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe generation 4.0 2021
Alder Lake (12th generation) 10 nm (ESF) 16/24 To be determined 600 series LGA 1700 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2021
Raptor Lake (13th generation) 10 nm (ESF) 16/30? To be determined 700-Series LGA 1700 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2022
Lake Meteor (14th generation) 7 nm (VIEW) To be determined To be determined 800 series? LGA 1700 DDR5 PCIe generation 5.0? 2023
Lunar Lake (15th generation) To be determined To be determined To be determined 900 series? To be determined DDR5 PCIe generation 5.0? 2023+

As for what Intel’s Meteor Lake family will offer, the family is expected to support the LGA 1700 socket which is the same socket used by Alder Lake processors. We can expect support for DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0. Apart from that, we can also expect Intel to offer some brand new core technologies based on an Advanced Process Node (Next Generation) for its Meteor Lake family.

Intel Alder Lake processors will include a mix of Golden Cove and Gracemont Atom cores, so it’s very likely that Meteor Lake will offer the next-gen Ocean Cove base architecture as well as an improved Atom base architecture. Previous rumors have indicated that Ocean Cove could deliver up to 80% IPC improvement over the Skylake architecture.

Intel processor generation IPC chart (rumored):

Processor architecture Process node CPI gain Year
Heavenly lake 14 nm (+++) 1.00x 2015-2020
Sunny cove 10 nm (+) 1.18x 2019-2020
the willow handle 10 nm (+) 1.25x 2020-2021
Golden Cove 10 nm (++) 1.50x 2021-2022?
Ocean cove 7 nm (+)? 1.80x 2022-2023?

Since Alder Lake processors will be based on the 10nm SF (SuperFin) process node, it is likely that Intel’s 2022 lineup will make full use of the all new 7nm SF (SuperFin) design. While we can’t say for sure, Intel will also be outsourcing some of its chip orders to third parties such as TSMC, but these are mostly GPUs at this time. Again, the Meteor Lake range will launch in 2022, which is still a long way to go. AMD is also expected to introduce its next-gen Zen 4 processors for its own mainstream platform around 2022, which is expected to be Meteor Lake’s direct rival.

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