Intel unveiled its next generation of client CPUs at Innovation 2023, including Arrow Lake, Lunar Lake and Panther Lake. Arrow Lake is the first generation and will be launched next year. It is based on the 20A process node and uses a new core architecture. Lunar Lake and Panther Lake will follow in the following years.
Intel’s next desktop CPU generation, Arrow Lake, will be launched in 2024. It will use the new LGA-1851 socket, which can be found on 800 series motherboards. This is important information for PC gamers and enthusiasts who are interested in the performance and features of the new CPUs.
Arrow Lake will offer a number of new features, including:
- Improved performance and efficiency
- Support for newer technologies such as PCIe 5.0 and DDR5
- A new socket with more contact points
The 800 series motherboards will also be launched in 2024 and will be compatible with the new CPUs.
They will offer a number of new features, including:
- Support for PCIe 5.0
- Support for DDR5
- New chipset technologies
Intel’s new generation of desktop CPUs will offer a range of new features and capabilities.
The LGA 1851 socket is expected to be supported until 2026 and will only support DDR5 memory. The first motherboards with the LGA 1851 socket will be from the 800 series and will support up to DDR5-6400 memory. The Arrow Lake-S CPU family will be the first to offer desktop support for the LGA 1851 socket. Arrow Lake-S CPUs feature 3MB of L2 cache per P-core, updated Alchemist iGPUs, integrated LLC “Adamantine” for GPU Tile and will be available in 8 16, 8 0 and 6 8 CPU SKUs. The Arrow Lake CPUs will be launched in H2 2024.
Intel has unveiled a demo featuring the next-generation Lunar Lake CPUs. The CPUs can not only power on, but also boot the operating system. This is a key development as it shows that the CPUs are functional. Lunar Lake CPUs are designed specifically for the mobile platform. They feature a brand new CPU architecture that has been designed from the ground up. This means that they are a significant improvement over the current Arrow Lake CPUs. The graphics side of the CPUs will also use the next-generation Xe2 “Battlemage” architecture. This is a huge improvement over the Alchemist offerings.
Intel plans to launch new low-power mobile CPUs for the 15W segment with the Lunar Lake family. The CPUs will be manufactured on a sub-20A node and will use a multi-tile design with external foundry nodes for various other IPs. Intel promises to incorporate all the latest and greatest innovations, including Foveros packaging with a pitch of 25 microns. The Lunar Lake CPUs are expected to compete against Apple’s M-class chips for MacBooks and Macs as well as AMD APU architectures with a chiplet-like design.
Intel also announced plans to launch Panther Lake CPUs in 2025. The CPUs are expected to be an evolution of the Lunar Lake CPUs and will be used in both laptops and desktops. Panther Lake CPUs are expected to use the next-generation Xe3 GPU architecture, codenamed Celestial. Each CPU will offer a generational improvement over the last in terms of core, graphics and efficiency features. Intel’s roadmap for client PCs in the coming years is impressive. It remains to be seen whether Intel will be able to bring its products to market on time, but the progress made in recent months suggests that this is likely.