Intel transferred the mass production of 10-nm processors to the 2019th
Intel, which in the past year gave way to leadership in the semiconductor industry of Samsung, will not begin mass production of chips on a 10-nanometer process until 2019. On the next delay, the company announced in the quarterly financial report. It seems that for Moore’s law, Mur’s law finally ceased to work earlier than for its competitors.
It’s about a new generation of processors, code-named Cannon Lake, which, according to the original plan, were due out in 2016. Since then, mass production on the 10-nanometer process technology has been mastered by Samsung (its latest chips are already released on the second, improved version of this technology) and the Taiwanese TSMC, which manufactures processors for Apple smartphones and tablets. It is not excluded that by 2019 Samsung will have time to launch 8-nanometer chips in production.
Recall nanometers, which are referred to – is a kind of “resolution” of equipment that produces microchips, the minimum possible distance between individual transistors on the chip. The smaller it is, the more transistors can be accommodated per unit area of ??the chip, the more likely the chip will be more productive.
Not that the chip maker was not able to produce 10-nm components: in January of this year at CES, Intel representative announced that the first deliveries of 10-nm Cannon Lake processors took place in late 2017. To whom exactly the processors were put, the company was not informed, they refused to name the volume of the produced batch. Apparently, the problem with the chip maker is with mass production.
But Intel has promised that its 10-nanometer processors will be more perfect than similar products from Samsung and TSMC: on a square inch, more transistors will fit. At least, the income has not yet affected the delay with the introduction of the new technology. In the first three months of 2018, Intel’s revenue was a record $ 16.1 billion, and profit of $ 4.5 billion (a 50% increase over the same period a year earlier).