- Intel is contemplating leveraging TSMC’s 5nm process to build its 14th generation Core “Meteor Lake” CPUs, ostensibly to replicate Apple’s M1 series.
- Meteor Lake chip blocks will be made using TSMC’s 5nm process rather than Intel’s 7nm process, similar to Apple’s M1 processors for the Mac.
- According to insiders, the predicted strong demand for Meteor Lake CPUs may result in an increase in TSMC’s 5nm chip production capacity before the end of the year.
- Intel anticipates shipping Meteor Lake chips in 2023.
At least in part, to mimic Apple’s M1 series of processors, Intel is contemplating leveraging TSMC’s 5nm technology to manufacture its 14th generation Core “Meteor Lake” CPUs.
The first multi-chipset architecture that includes an application processor, graphics processing unit, and connectivity chips in a single Intel Foveros advanced package was announced by Intel last year with the Meteor Lake processors.
Meteor Lake processors were previously expected to be built using Intel’s proprietary 7nm technology, dubbed “Intel 4.” At a recent earnings conference, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said that prototypes have already started for Windows, Chrome, and Linux on the company’s upcoming Meteor Lake platform, which will be the first to use Intel 4.
As DigiTimes reports, Intel is contemplating ordering all of the chip blocks used in its Meteor Lake CPUs from TSMC, Apple’s lone semiconductor supplier. Just like Apple’s M1 processors for the Mac, the M1 chip blocks will be built using TSMC’s 5nm technology instead of Intel’s 7nm process. According to reports, this will help keep the launch and manufacture of the CPU on track.
With Intel’s decision to use TSMC’s 5nm process for its next chips, Apple’s bespoke silicon will be able to better compete with Intel processors, which are built using TSMC 5nm. TSMC is also said to have been given orders for chips made with its 5nm technology for the iPhone 14 series.
According to the sources, TSMC’s 5nm chip production capacity might be increased by the end of the year because of the anticipated demand for Meteor Lake CPUs. Meteor Lake CPUs will be released by Intel in 2023.