Intel’s First Products Based on 7nm Process May be Delayed to 2022
Intel has reportedly delayed the release of 7nm process technology until 2022. The shift to the “futuristic” manufacturing technology was originally planned for 2020.
Last year, Intel posted a listing on its job boards looking for a processor designer to work in the company’s relatively new Microarchitecture Research Lab located in Bangalore, India. The processor designer would join a team of engineers to “spearhead the research and advanced development” of both processor cores and graphics processors that would be deployed in the “2020 and beyond timeframe.” The designs were intended to be built using Intel’s 7nm process technology.
As spotted by Motley Fool’s Ashraf Eassa, Chipzilla has updated that job advert just recently, and amongst other changes launch time frame for 7nm process node has been pushed out by a couple of years. Here’s what the updated job listing reads:
The India Lab specifically, in collaboration with MRL-US and Intel product architecture teams worldwide, will spearhead the research and advanced development of Microprocessor Cores in the 2022 and beyond timeframe. By conceiving of and prototyping radical approaches, the Lab will aim to deliver much greater CPU power and area efficiency while still delivering industry-leading performance. The microarchitecture and design of these advanced CPUs will be aggressively co-optimized with Intel’s sub-10nm technology nodes deep into the next decade.
We know that Intel has planned multiple waves of 10nm manufacturing technology, with 10nm followed by 10nm+, and then again by 10nm++. The 10nm process node is expected to go into production during the second half of 2017, and it should become available in early 2018. This means the products based on 10nm++ should arrive in Q1 2020.
If everything goes to plan, Intel’s first 7nm products may arrive in early 2021, with substantially improved new products based on the technology in the following year.
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