Intel Lunar Lake CPU orders on TSMC N3B received, next-gen Intel chips are being made now

Intel's next-generation Lunar Lake CPU orders for TSMC's new N3B node are being made right now, TSMC's first time producing all tiles, chiplets for Intel.

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According to a new report from DigiTimes, TSMC has started mass production of Intel's next-generation Lunar Lake CPUs on its new 3nm EUV FinFET process node.

Intel Lunar Lake CPU orders on TSMC N3B received, next-gen Intel chips are being made now 602

Intel's next-gen Lunar Lake processor is a chiplet-based design that sees CPU cores, an integrated GPU, NPU, and even on-package memory on a single chiplet on a compute tile, all made on TSMC's 3nm process node. The SoC and I/O dies will be the only other part of the chiplet made on TSMC's 6nm process node.

The new Intel Lunar Lake CPU will have a fourth-generation NPU that has up to 48 TOPS of AI performance. Intel reiterates that Lunar Lake has 4x the AI compute performance over Meteor Lake. Lunar Lake also features a heavily beefed-up Battlemage "Xe2" GPU, which offers up to 50% more performance over the integrated Xe-based GPU inside Meteor Lake.

Lunar Lake is the first time in Intel history that the company will outsource its entire mainstream consumer platform processor series to TSMC, which sees a huge injection of revenue (and work) for TSMC this year and into 2025.

Intel's next-gen Lunar Lake CPU highlights:

  • Designed For Thin & Light Notebooks
  • Lion Cove P-Cores & Skymont E-Cores
  • Battlemage "Xe2-LPG" GPU Architecture
  • 4+4 Core Configurations (MX-Series)
  • Up To 64 Execution Units
  • On-Package LPDDR5x Memory
  • Up To 3x Faster NPU Performance Versus Meteor Lake
  • Late 2024 Launch, 2025 Volume
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