Intel Meteor Lake appears in Linux patches

Published: Oct 3rd 2020, 13:56 GMT   Comments

Next-generation Intel processors being a long journey through Linux patches.

Intel Meteor Lake

It has been spotted that Intel engineers have already begun submitting patches to Linux kernel for Meteor Lake Intel processor series. Meteor Lake is a successor to the Alder Lake series featuring Intel Hybrid technology with big and small core design.

The series is expected to be manufactured in Intel’s 7nm SuperFin process technology featuring Ocean Cove and Gracemont core architectures. The processors are now expected between the years 2022 and 2023.

The first support patch for Meteor Lake has appeared with Intel e1000e Gigabit Ethernet Linux Driver. Hopefully, this does not mean that the 2022 Intel Core series will still rely on Gigabit NICs. The support for 2.5 Gbit networking is slowly gaining momentum in high-end desktop motherboard space with Intel 400-series and upcoming 500-series chipsets

Intel Meteor Lake would therefore compete with AMD Zen4 architecture expected to debut around late 2021 (EPYC Genoa) featuring TSMC 5nm architecture. AMD Ryzen processors based on 5nm could launch in 2022, however, the manufacturer has made no promises in regard to consumer Zen4 products yet.

Intel Meteor Lake is expected to succeed Alder Lake featuring a hybrid of Golden Cove and Gracemont cores

INTEL Mainstream CPU Series Specs
VideoCardz.comCoffee Lake-SComet Lake-SRocket Lake-SAlder Lake-SMeteor Lake-S
Launch Year201820202020-20212H 20212022-2023
Fabrication Node14nm14nm14nm10nm SuperFin7nm SuperFin?
Core µArchSkylakeSkylakeCypress CoveGolden Cove + GracemontOcean Cove + Gracemont
Graphics µArchGen9Gen9.5Gen12Gen12 TBCGen 13 TBC
Max Core Countup to 8 coresup to 10 coresup to 8 coresup to 16 (8B+8s)TBC
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR5DDR5
PCIe GenPCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 4.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0
Intel Core Series8th/9th Gen Core-S10th Gen Core-S11th Gen Core-S (?)12th Gen Core-S (?)13th Gen Core-S (?)
Motherboard ChipsetsIntel 300 (eg. Z390)Intel 400 (eg. Z490)Intel 500 (Z590)Intel 600 (eg. Z690) (?)Intel 700 (eg. Z790) (?)

Source: Git.Kernel via Phoronix

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