On the occasion of the announcement of its (very good) financial results for the second quarter of the year 2020, Intel had good news and bad news to announce.
The good one first. The giant has confirmed that these factories will start producing Core chips engraved in 10 nm (“+” and “++”) at full speed from now (but surely just in time, according to our sources). Both for laptops, with the future Tiger Lake, expected for September 2, but also for our desktop PCs, with Core Amber Lake scheduled for the second half of next year.
The bad news is that it has to postpone the switch to 7 nm for a few more months, for an arrival in 2022. Intel expects six months at best but, in fact, it is probably necessary to plan for double it, i.e. year. The math is simple. In addition to the six months of delay announced, six more must be taken into account, as this is the time it generally took Intel to fully master a new burning process and have mass production. The learning period amounts to limiting losses and defective models. Clearly, don’t expect to see 7nm Core chips before 2023 at best.
Recall that, for its part AMD already burns its Ryzen processors in 7 nm (through its production partners like TSMC) and that it plans to switch to 5 nm in 2022.