“Custom chips will be in fashion after 2025”: Intel could move away from regular CPU releases in a frantic bid to better serve customers and catch up with rivals – but will that be enough?

At the launch of the Meteor Lake chip in New York last year, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hinted at the company’s future direction. He noted that the company is on track to integrate five new nodes in four years, culminating in 2025. This includes the Intel 7, Intel 4, Intel 3, Intel 20A and Intel 18A processes, used in a range of server processors.

Going forward, however, Intel hinted that the traditional release schedule could be ditched in favor of shipping products when they’re ready so the company can catch up to the competition.