Update on Intel’s Panther Lake at Computex 2024, Intel Powering Up Intel 18A Wafer Next Week

During the Intel keynote hosted by CEO Pat Gelsinger, he gave the world a glimpse into the Intel Client roadmap until 2026. Meteor Lake launched last year on that roadmap, and Lunar Lake, which we dived into yesterday as Intel disclosed technical details about the upcoming platform. Pat also presented a wafer on stage, Panther Lake, and he gave some additional information about Intel’s forthcoming Panther Lake platform, which is expected in 2025.

We covered Intel’s initial announcement about the Panther Lake platform last year. It is set to be Intel’s first client platform using its Intel 18A node. Aside from once again affirming that things are on track for a 2026 launch, Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s CEO, also confirmed that they will be powering on the first 18A wafer for Panther Lake as early as next week.

Intel CPU Architecture Generations
 Alder/Raptor LakeMeteor
Lake
Lunar
Lake
Arrow
Lake
Panther
Lake
P-Core ArchitectureGolden Cove/
Raptor Cove
Redwood CoveLion CoveLion CoveCougar Cove?
E-Core ArchitectureGracemontCrestmontSkymontCrestmont?Darkmont?
GPU ArchitectureXe-LPXe-LPGXe2Xe2??
NPU ArchitectureN/ANPU 3720NPU 4??
Active Tiles1 (Monolithic)424??
Manufacturing ProcessesIntel 7Intel 4 + TSMC N6 + TSMC N5TSMC N3B + TSMC N6Intel 20A + MoreIntel 18A + ?
SegmentMobile + DesktopMobileLP MobileHP Mobile + DesktopMobile?
Release Date (OEM)Q4’2021Q4’2023Q3’2024Q4’20242025

One element to consider from last year is that Lunar Lake is built using TSMC, with the Lunar Lake compute tile with Xe2-LPG graphics on TSMC N3B, and the I/O tile on TSMC N6. Pat confirmed on stage that Panther Lake will be on Intel 18A. Still, he didn’t confirm whether the chip will be made purely at Intel, or a mix between Intel and external foundries (ala Meteor Lake). Intel has also yet to confirm the CPU cores to be used, but from what our sources tell us, it sounds like it will be the new Cougar Cove and Darkmont cores.

As we head into the second half of 2024 and after Lunar Lake launches, Intel may divulge more information, including the architectural advancements Panther Lake is expected to bring. Until then, we will have to wait and see.

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