Intel celebrates the next step towards its first 7 nm CPU. The Meteor Lake chiplet will be a 2023 follow-up from Alder Lake, which will be launched later this year and has just completed its penultimate design stage before the manufacturing process begins.
The final parts of the chip have now been assembled for the first time in a package as a "ribbon in" design, ready for the final "ribbon out" design stage that precedes manufacturing.
Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and CEO of Intel's Client Computing Group, posted a screenshot of a celebratory online meeting yesterday to commemorate this milestone achievement, which has since been confirmed with a budget tweet from the manager himself. of Intel, Pat Gelsinger.
It's recording Good progress! https://t.co/dfQtjdDRvHMay 24, 2021
That’s also a double-edged sword, but the big question is who Intel will deal with. After keeping quiet, the company's subcontracting manufacturing strategy is still unclear. An Intel Newsroom Article notes,
"Intel's internal and global factory network for large-scale manufacturing is a key competitive advantage that enables product optimization, improved economy, and supply resilience. Today, Gelsinger has reaffirmed the company 's expectation of continuing to manufacture most of its products in-house. "
Thus, although it was confirmed that an "external foundry" such as TSMC would be used for some Xe GPUs, the new 7 nm SoC tape output can be manufactured by Intel's internal foundries.
The article continues: "The company's development of 7 nm is progressing well, driven by an increase in the use of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) in a streamlined and refined process flow. Intel hopes to record the calculation tile the first 7 nm client CPU "Meteor Lake") in the second quarter of this year. "
And so it was.
Hopefully the next stage will bring the team together to celebrate in person, once all this pandemic rubbish has erupted.