Intel denies Meteor Lake is delayed to 2024, says consumer chips will launch in 2023

Intel had an extremely tough quarter, unexpectedly dropping half a billion {dollars} due to a PC buying stoop, and yesterday appeared like extra dangerous information — a report from TrendForce about manufacturing delays sparked rumors that Intel’s subsequent massive flagship processor Meteor Lake could be delayed till 2024, which might put it as a lot as a 12 months not on time. (In a February investor assembly, Intel mentioned that Meteor Lake could be “powering on” this summer time earlier than delivery in 2023.)

However, Intel is flatly denying these rumors at the moment, with spokesperson Thomas Hannaford clarifying to The Verge that not solely are they unfaithful, however that Meteor Lake will truly ship, launch, and be out there to customers in 2023.

Intel’s consumer processor roadmap, as of 2022 Investor Day
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That’s factor for Intel, as a result of Meteor Lake is one of many firm’s most vital developments in a few years. Not solely is it the primary consumer processor on the corporate’s Intel 4 structure (previously often known as 7nm) and reportedly its first to use excessive ultraviolet lithography (EUV) in manufacturing, it’s additionally the primary main launch from Intel to use a chiplet design the place processor parts could be mixed extra like Legos. Intel had already begun shifting to hybrid chips with its twelfth Gen Alder Lake’s mixture of efficiency and effectivity cores, comparable to a smartphone chip, however that’s not the identical factor.

The concept that Meteor Lake is nonetheless on monitor gained’t be a lot of a shock to anybody who listened to Intel’s Q2 2022 earnings name. There, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger straight-up informed buyers that the corporate would ship Meteor Lake in 2023, saying that it was exhibiting “good health in both our and our customers’ labs” and that it had already been “broadly sampled to customers.”

Delivering samples to prospects isn’t the identical as being prepared for a consumer launch, after all — however now, Intel is clarifying that it’ll be prepared for customers in 2023 too.

The TrendForce report recommended that Intel wouldn’t even start mass manufacturing of a key Meteor Lake element till the tip of 2023, and that “this incident has greatly affected TSMC’s production expansion plan.” TSMC wouldn’t touch upon Intel, however denied that its capability growth mission had been affected in a press release to China’s Economic Daily.

During its Q2 earnings name, Intel mentioned it had already shipped 35 million models of its twelfth Gen Alder Lake processors. Raptor Lake, which will seemingly be often known as Intel thirteenth Gen Core, needs to be coming later this 12 months.

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