Intel finally got its 10nm chips on the market after years of hold-ups, however now the company has announced that it comes across problems with its upcoming 7nm procedure that will result in delays for the next generation of chips, too.
As Intel’s Q2 2020 earnings release notes “, the business’s 7nm-based CPU item timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations,” pressing them back from an originally prepared arrival at the end of 2021. The six-month delay would push that date into at least 2022, if not, even more, due to what Intel CEO Bob Swan referred to as a “flaw mode” in the 7nm process,.
Intel actually says that the issues with its existing 7nm production indicate that production is trending a year behind its internal roadmap. For some reason, however, the company states that being a year behind schedule will still just lead to that aforementioned six-month delay to market. For contrast, AMD has already been outputting its own Ryzen 4000 chips based upon its 7nm architecture for months, which have been conveniently exceeding Intel’s offerings.
It’s not all bad news for Intel, though: the company is on track to launch its 11th Gen Tiger Lake chips (based upon the company’s third-generation, 10nm++ processor) to prosper the 10th Gen Ice Lake lineup for laptops later on this year, bringing with them Intel’s much-hyped Xe graphics. Intel is also anticipating to release its first items from its 12th Gen Alder Lake (the follower to Tiger Lake) lineup towards the end of this year —– consisting of the business’s long-awaited first 10nm desktop CPUs.
Intel’s real monetary outcomes for Q2 were likewise favorable: Intel’s Client Computing Group (that makes the processors for laptops and desktops) saw a 7 percent improvement year-over-year with $9.50 billion in revenue. Intel keeps in mind that those strong results were driven by the increase in laptop computer sales due to the surge in consumers working and gaining from home triggered by COVID-19 (although by that exact same token, it says desktop need decreased). And Intel’s Q2 earnings were also up 20 percent year-over-year with $19.7 billion generated, helped in large part by substantial growth in Intel’s data center and memory solutions divisions.
The delay to reaching 7nm chips is a looming issue for the business, however. If Intel’s history of extending its 14nm architecture for generations of incremental improvements is anything to pass, expect to see plenty more 10nm products released in the coming years.
There’s only a lot padding even Intel can do with its lineup. The hold-up of 10nm chips helps up a big portion of the laptop computer market, which depends on Intel’s roadmap and increases in power performance and performance to develop new and better products. And based upon the present assistance from the company, it’s possible that the PC world will be in for a comparable bottleneck with 7nm Intel chips in the years to come.