Intel Arrow Lake-HX test equipment spotted, ready for next-gen mobile series
A leak featuring test tools for the ARL-HX (Arrow Lake-HX) series confirms Intel plans for Raptor Lake successor.
A quick reminder that the ‘enthusiast’ H-series of Intel Core CPUs was expanded with “HX” SKUs in 2022. Intel released its first desktop & mobile hybrid platform for the most demanding users, calling it ‘extreme mobile’ or ‘muscle’ segment. The series featured desktop silicon on a mobile BGA interposer, unlocking higher core counts but limited power for mobile for factor under 55W base and 157W max turbo.
It looks like the successor to 13th Gen Core-HX (Raptor Lake) series should be based on Arrow Lake die. An interposer for ‘Gen5 VR Test Tool’ has been pictured confirming that the series will use BGA2114 socket. This leak does not provide any other information, such as core counts or even SKUs names of future HX series.
Although this looks like a leak from Intel NDA content distribution platform, the company did not yet confirm its plans for Arrow Lake-HX CPUs. However, this might be one of the first signs that Arrow Lake and Meteor Lake are to launch alongside each other as the next upgrade for the Intel Core mobile series.
The 13th Gen Core-HX series offers more cores, higher clocks and more PCIe lanes than the Core H/U series. The successor based on Arrow Lake could very well mean we will see Arrow Lake desktop CPUs at some point as well.