Report: Intel’s Next Platform Inspired by M1 – in Architecture and Manufacturing | News

The performance and efficiency of Apple’s M chips aren’t just putting pressure on ARM SocS makers like Qualcomm or Samsung. Intel, known to be the biggest exponent of the x86/x64 camp, is also increasingly under pressure given the success of notebooks and desktops with the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra. In order not to miss the link with the technical development pushed by Apple in future generations of processors, the CPU giant is now apparently going down a path that the Mac manufacturer took some time ago.

“Meteor Lake” processors in multi-chip design
Intel already announced new core chips based on the architecture known as “Meteor Lake” last year. With the 14th generation of processors, the company is relying on a multi-chip design that combines CPU, GPU, and a number of other components into a single package. In the meantime, the development has progressed so far that the first prototypes are available on which Windows and Linux can already be started. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger recently announced this on a conference call. As far as the manufacturing process is concerned, however, the processor manufacturer would now have opted for an approach that differs fundamentally from previous plans.

Intel would rely on Apple’s subcontractor
Intel had announced that it wanted to produce “Meteor Lake” CPUs using its own process called “Intel 4” and therefore in 7 nanometer technology. According to Gelsinger, the prototypes were also created this way. However, DigiTimes is now reporting that the chip company does not want to manufacture the next generation of processors itself. Instead, chips for new core processors must roll off the assembly lines at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). According to the Taiwanese daily, the 5-nanometer process is used, which is also used to produce Apple’s M chips. With this change, Intel wants to avoid possible delays in order to be able to deliver the new processors as planned in the coming year.

Report: TSMC can dramatically increase production capacity
According to DigiTimes, Intel has ordered a huge number of “Meteor Lake” processors from TSMC. Due to the associated financial volume, the Taiwanese company is able to significantly expand its 5 nanometer chip production capabilities and take them to a significantly higher level by the end of 2022. If the report is correct, it should be imperative, after all, TSMC’s factories are probably very busy producing Apple’s A and M chips. In addition, intensive preparations are probably already underway for mass production of the SoCs for the iPhone 14, which will be released in September.

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