Intel Meteor Lake coming to desktops
Meteor Lake will be part of the new AIO system lineup.
Intel’s internal roadmaps that sparked a series of rumors about Meteor Lake cancellation had some accurate elements, but not the whole story. Contrary to earlier rumors of a year-end release for the Meteor Lake architecture on desktops, Intel has officially announced a 2024 launch. This information was verified by Michelle Johnston Holthaus, the Intel Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group, essentially overseeing all things related to average consumers.
Previously, there were speculations about Intel’s plans to introduce the first generation Core Ultra CPUs for desktops based on Meteor Lake in Q4. However, it is now confirmed that these plans have been definitively scrapped. Instead, Meteor Lake is scheduled to make its debut on the mobile platform on December 14th, while the release date for the desktop version remains unspecified but is slated for sometime next year.
In an interview with PCWorld, Michelle has confirmed that Meteor Lake is indeed coming to desktops:
Q: Let me ask you, is there gonna be a Meteor Lake desktop?
A: Desktop will come in 2024.
Q: So you are confirming Meteor Lake desktop?
Q: Whether or not you guys are returning to an era where there is gonna be a processor family for mobile and a seprate processor family for desktop but doesn’t sound like that’s the case.
A: That is not the case. I want one processor family top to bottom for both segments, doesn’t everybody?
This statement has caused a lot of confusion and only 3 days later, Intel has provided a clarification. The statement from Holthaus was indeed confusing and what she actually meant is AIO (All-in-One) platform, a very niche market targeting users who do not require powerful systems or simply lack enough space to host a dedicated machine.
It looks like Meteor Lake-S is not happening after all, and this statement has only stirred confusion about a platform that has already been canceled. Intel executives should really know better or be ready to provide more throughout answers.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated following Intel statement.