Intel will reportedly bring new chips to market based on the company’s upcoming new 10nm process technology in early 2017. The news came via Taha Khalifa, Intel’s general manager for the Middle East and North Africa region.
We have reported 3 weeks ago that Intel expects to roll out 14nm Skylake parts in the 2nd half of the year. We’ve also exclusively told you that Intel’s 10nm process technology will not show up in 2016. It’s flattering increasingly difficult every year to keep up with Moore’s law. The majority of Intel’s market segments have been stuck on 22nm for 3 years, despite Intel’s Tick Tock strategy. 14nm is poised to span a similarly extended life cycle to 22nm.
We have been consistently pursuing Moore’s Law and this has been the core of our innovation for the previous 40 years. The 10nm chips are expected to be launched early in 2017.
Said Taha Khalifa, general manager for Intel in the Middle East & North Africa region.
Intel originally promised to introduce 14nm Broadwell processors in late 2013. But due to various technological setbacks Broadwell was delayed to 2014. And out of the Three family’s of the Broadwell processors, namely Broadwell-Y , -U and -H we have only seen some Broadwell-Y product introductions later that year. Intel introduced the Broadwell-U parts last month and there’s wide industry speculation of Intel actually cancelling Broadwell-H parts in the favor of Skylake.
It’s not just Intel that had difficulty with 14nm. The process node continues to be a challenge for industry as a whole. And as we have reported yesterday, Samsung will only begin producing 14nm FinFET products in volume in the 2nd quarter of the year. While TSMC continues to suffer setbacks with its challenging 16nm FinFET process.
Back to Intel’s 10nm node. Just like with 14nm we’re going to see smaller tablet and mobile parts introduced 1st on new node. With mainstream & high performance parts coming later. It’s been revealed quite a while ago that Intel’s 1st 10nm family of processors will be code named Cannonlake. These will be the Tick in Intel’s Tick Tock cadence. So Cannonlake processors will be based on a die-shrink of Intel’s Skylake CPU microarchitecture.
Cannonlake should feature SoC interconnect improvements alike to AMD’s Kaveri & Carrizo. Namely shared coherent physical memory addresses and more capable set of heterogeneous functionality. We have already discussed in great detail what Intel plans to bring with the Skylake in relation to heterogeneous computing.
Company had released a whitepaper in 2013 in which it expressed and evenly strong interest in Heterogeneous computing as AMD. Nvidia shares a similar vision as well. So it’s evidently clear that entire industry agrees on one new direction to drive efficiency and performance to compensate for Moore’s Law recent deceleration or inevitable standstill.