Intel has begun to add support for its Lunar Lake platform codenamed to the Linux driver. So far, the company has added support for network controllers that will be used in its CPUs in the next few years, but the addition clearly shows that the company is developing something called Lunar Lake.
According to reports, Intel recently added support for its Lunar Lake platform to its existing e1000e network driver, which already supports products such as Tiger Lake and Alder Lake Fronix. This hardware support will become mainstream in Linux 5.15 released this fall. Therefore, when Lunar Lake is launched in a few years, Linux will support its network functions.
Quickly check enabled content Express Intel’s Lunar Lake platform will continue to use a version of the company’s I219 GbE controller. Obviously, nothing prevents PC manufacturers from installing more advanced 2.5GbE, 5GbE or 10GbE controllers in their systems.
Currently, we don’t know much about Lunar Lake, but it looks like we are dealing with a product that will succeed Meteor Lake, which will be launched in 2023. Therefore, Lunar Lake is a product scheduled to be launched in 2024. Keeping in mind that Meteor Lake will use chiplet architecture (Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger confirmed this a few months ago), we can speculate that Lunar Lake will also use chiplet design.
One of the most interesting parts of Lunar Lake is which CPU microarchitecture it will use. Intel launched its first “Cove” (Sunny Cove in Ice Lake CPU) microarchitecture in 2019. Generally, CPU developers tend to completely change their microarchitecture every five years or so. In other words, Lunar Lake may actually use a new micro-architecture, but this is of course a current guess.