Intel Looking to Mirror M1's Manufacturing Process for 'Meteor Lake' CPUs

Intel is considering manufacturing its 14th Gen Core "Meteor Lake" CPUs at least partly using TSMC's 5nm process to mirror Apple's M1 series of chips, DigiTimes reports.

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Announced last year, Intel's Meteor Lake chips will be its first multi-chiplet design to integrate an application processor, graphics processing unit, and connection chips into a single Intel Foveros advanced package.

Intel initially said that the Meteor Lake CPUs would be manufactured with its own 7nm process, which it calls "Intel 4." At its most recent earnings call, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said that Meteor Lake would be the first Intel product made using Intel 4 and that prototypes had already successfully booted Windows, Chrome, and Linux.

Now, sources speaking to DigiTimes claim that Intel is considering placing orders for all of the chip blocks used in the Meteor Lake CPUs with TSMC, Apple's sole chip supplier. Rather than singularly rely on Intel's in-house 7nm process, the Meteor Lake chip blocks would be contracted out to be manufactured with TSMC's 5nm process, just like Apple's ‌M1‌ chips for the Mac. The move would reportedly help avoid delays to the CPU's production and launch schedules.

The A14 Bionic, A15 Bionic, ‌M1‌, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips, are manufactured using TSMC's 5nm process, and Intel's decision could help Meteor Lake chips to better rival Apple's competitive custom silicon. TSMC is also said to have now received chips orders for the iPhone 14 lineup using its 5nm process.

The sources added that potential orders for Meteor Lake CPUs would be large enough to encourage TSMC to scale up its fabrication capacity for its 5nm chips by the end of the year. Intel's Meteor Lake CPUs are set to launch in 2023.

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Top Rated Comments

Dwalls90 Avatar
28 months ago
This is why competition is great!

The CPU industry really was stagnating until AMD and Apple started hammering Intel in recent years.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CE3 Avatar
28 months ago

This is why competition is great!

The CPU industry really was stagnating until AMD and Apple started hammering Intel in recent years.
Agreed. I don’t think it can be overstated how game-changing Apple Silicon has been for the entire industry. Suddenly a MacBook Air is outperforming the previous year’s top end MacBook Pro with no fans. Say what?!

The M1 was a huge multigenerational leap forward that’s benefited both Mac & Windows users.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CoastalMaineBird Avatar
28 months ago
"Intel initially said that the Meteor Lake CPUs would be manufactured with its own 7nm process"

Then someone discovered that they couldn't accommodate a chip that was 7 nautical miles across.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BootsWalking Avatar
28 months ago
Intel initially said that the Meteor Lake CPUs would be manufactured with its own 7nm process, which it calls "Intel 4."

Haha, like how AT&T calls their 4G LTE network "5GE".
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
madmin Avatar
28 months ago
M1+++++++ ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
28 months ago
Intel, who? I wonder if the demand is that high. There is no way it’s close to M1 chips.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)