06 August 2020
Intel reported its second-quarter 2020 financial results with bad news. Intel announced while it is accelerating its transition to 10nm products this year, the rollout plans of its 7nm CPUs have just been delayed by six months.
Intel’s press release also says that yields for its 7nm process are now twelve months behind the company’s internal targets. According to Tom's Hardware, Intel’s CEO Bob Swan on the investors’ call has said that the 7nm CPUs will not debut on the market until late 2022 or early 2023. This is bad news for all the enthusiasts who have grown up watching Intel as the most famous chipmaker. Swan also mentioned a “defect mode” in its 7nm process that has caused yield degradation issues.
This is the time when its competitors are blooming and offering their best to the companies which are growing with the trend. Its close competitor is leading ahead without a doubt by taking advantage of 7nm tech to build more efficient processors.
Intel’s announcement comes after Apple announced it is moving to its own ARM-based silicon chips for future Macs.
While Intel continues its focus on 10nm-based Core processors, AMD will pivot itself more to the 7nm-based chips in order to stay ahead.
AMD offered the first look at its first 7nm-based Ryzen 4000 Series processor for the laptops at this year’s CES event. Also, it has just begun the rollout of the first-line of desktop chips that specifically include the Ryzen 4000 G-Series desktop processor with a built-in Radeon graphic that according to AMD is the vastly improved gaming performance. AMD is also gearing up to bring the processors based on the next-gen Zen 3 lineup this year as well.
Intel has announced the 10nm-based Core processors, including the upcoming “Tiger Lake” will be its center of attention while it preps itself for the big change. It also announced the plans that it has laid out for the second half of 2021. Intel expects to deliver a new line of CPU’s (code-named “Alder Lake”) which will include its first 10nm-based desktop CPU, and new 10nm-based server CPU (code-named “Sapphire Rapids”).