It was announced that Intel’s 7nm process will be delayed another year, we are looking at a possible 2022/2023 release. Intel’s Ceo Bob Swan revealed this delay in an earnings call, citing a “defect mode in our 7nm process that resulted in yield degradation”. The Ceo has said.
“We are seeing a six month shift in our 7nm-based CPU product timing relative to prior expectations. The primary driver is the yield of the 7nm process, which based on recent data, is now trending approximately twelve months behind our internal target. We have identified a defect mode in our 7nm process that resulted in yield degradation. We’ve root-cause the issue and believe there are no fundamental roadblocks. We have also invested in contingency plans to hedge against further schedule uncertainty. We’re mitigating the impact of the process delay on our product schedules by leveraging improvements in design methodology. Such as die disaggregation and advanced packaging. We have learned from the challenges in our 10nm transition and have a milestone-driven approach to ensure our product competitiveness is not impacted by our process technology roadmap.”
Intel’s struggles with their 10nm process has been covered extensively, and only few are available. Intel’s performance parts are still being made on their 14nm process. Though Intel won’t be completely skipping over the 10nm process. The Alder Lake architecture is still being expected in 2021. Intel will not be forgetting their 14nm process that plenty of their current line up is built on, as they are expected to keep this process competitive for years to come. AMD is starting their comeback. Intel needs to make something awesome, to regain their lead. In the end, it is us, the consumers benefitting from this rivalry. If we can ever deal with issues with scalping, we will start seeing much lower prices for the next generations. Here is to hoping that Intel’s 7nm process won’t be delayed in the future.
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