Intel 16th Gen Lunar Lake Core Architectures Confirmed: Lion Cove and Skymont

Intel plans to release its 14th Gen Core processors this fall during its Innovation Event next month. We know every detail about these chips, mainly because we’re looking at a rebrand of the simplest kind. The 15th Gen parts have also been discussed at length in previous posts. Conversely, the 16th Gen Lunar Lake family remains a mystery. Luckily, a recent update (via @InstLatX64) to the Intel Perfmon application confirms some long-running rumors about these CPUs.

The update confirms that 14th Gen Meteor Lake will leverage the Redwood Cove “P” cores alongside the Crestmont “E” cores on high-performance notebooks later this year. Meanwhile, the 16th Gen Lunar Lake family will adopt the Lion Cove “P” core and the Skymont “E” core with a mobile-first approach. As per multiple sources, these cores were developed by Jim Keller and his team when we worked with Team Blue a few years back.

This indicates that 15th Gen Arrow Lake will adopt a Redwood Cove refresh for the performance cores and retain the Crestmont “E” core. Despite being a refresh, early estimates suggest that Arrow Lake will be a healthy upgrade over Raptor Lake-SR, the refresh of yet another refresh (Alder Lake).

Intel’s official timeline places the 15th Gen Arrow Lake release sometime in the second half of 2024, followed by Lunar Lake in 2025.

Areej Syed

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