Intel’s 15th Gen Arrow Lake CPUs on track for mass production at 2nm in 2024

Hardware Times

After the launch of the 1st generation Core Ultra, Intel began planning the next step in its race for “process leadership.” Sanjay Natarajan, SVP and director of Intel's technology department, explained this in an interview with Nikkei. The 15th generation Arrow Lake processors are expected to succeed Meteor Lake in 2024, with the CPU tile leveraging the 2nm-class 20A node. Mass production of the 20A process will begin in 2024, bringing with it a set of innovations and technologies.

The 20A process will use EUV lithography to improve yields and production capacity. This will be the first Intel node to use RibbonFET transistors, commonly known as GAA (Gate All Around), the technology's successor FinFET. It will also be the first process to take advantage of PowerVia, Intel's backbone power distribution technology intended to optimize power and frequency. According to the chipmaker's internal testing, PowerVia demonstrates >5% frequency improvement and >90% cell density on Intel 4.

The 15th generation Arrow Lake processors will use a disaggregated architecture (chiplet) with a 20A 2nm class processor. Cores will be upgraded to Lion Cove (P) and Skymont (E). The iGPU will be based on the Battlemage graphics IP and manufactured on TSMC's 3nm/4nm node. The desktop range will arrive at the end of 2024 with up to 24 cores (8P + 8E).

The 15th generation customer family will be the only ones to benefit from this cutting-edge node. Granite Rapids and Sierra Forest are expected to use Intel 3, while Clearwater Forest will use 18A.