Intel today announced a new delay linked to its 7nm manufacturing process, announcing that, in the best case, they will arrive 6 months after the initially expected date. The Intel press release also says that the returns from its 7nm process are now twelve months behind the company’s internal goals, meaning that the company is not currently able to produce its 7nm process in an economical way. viable. Because of this, at best, the first 7nm processors will arrive in late 2022 or early 2023.
“The company’s CPU production time, under the 7nm manufacturing process, has been postponed by approximately six months compared to previous expectations. The main monitor behind it is the performance of Intel’s 7nm manufacturing process, which according to recent data, is now approximately twelve months behind the company’s internal objective . “
The person in charge of giving the bad news was none other than Bob Swan, CEO of Intel, during a call with investors regarding the company’s second-quarter earnings. In the call, he indicated that Intel had identified a ” defect mode ” in its 7nm manufacturing process and that it has made an investment in ” contingency plans “, and this translates into using other foundries such as TSMC. In this way, TSMC will help Intel bring its Ponte Vecchio GPUs to life.
Intel also indicated that its first 10nm CPUs for desktop computers, Alder Lake, will arrive in the second half of 2021, that is, that we have a double delay, as it was expected, at the latest, in early 2021.
This new delay only further complicates matters for an Intel besieged by AMD processors, which will now have even more advantage, since it is the undisputed leader in terms of x86 architecture, and if we add to that that AMD has been smarter, and uses a ‘fabless’ design, where it does not have its own factories, nor does it need to invest in manufacturing process R&D, it seems that Intel now has to resort to this strategy to try to save the first product of the year, and it is none other than Intel Xe graphics. Perhaps this reason is why Jim Keller resigned from Intel.
Regarding 10nm, that is, Intel Alder Lake CPUs :
“Intel is accelerating its transition to 10nm products for this year with increasing volumes and strong demand for an expanding product line. This includes a growing portfolio of 10nm-based Intel Core processors with” Tiger Lake “as its main product, while the first 10nm server CPU ” Ice Lake-SP “, whose release date maintains its launch plans for later this year.
In the second half of 2021, Intel expects to deliver a new line of desktop CPUs (codenamed “Alder Lake”), which will include its first 10nm-based desktop CPU, and a new server CPU based on 10nm (codenamed ” Sapphire Rapids “). “