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.
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.