Intel 10nm Process Technology, AMD Zen Only A Small Disruption
Although we do not know much about the Intel 10nm process technology, it is claimed that it will be more efficient as compared to previous generation processes. But that is where the 14nm process came in. It will be interesting to see how these two will compare against one another.
AMD Zen is about to come out next year and with the live preview scheduled for 13th of December we will be getting some insights into what team red has to offer but some say that this will not impact Intel as much as we think. Intel’s head of its client computing and Internet of Things efforts, Murthy Renduchintala stated:
Our belief is that Intel’s execution is very strong in core microprocessor markets, even amid recent challenging growth conditions, but that the machine-like reliable precision and planning driven by the tick/tock methodology, and the challenges that the company’s microprocessor designers take on to ensure the world’s most powerful microprocessor transistor, could be a barrier to the nimble and flexible process required to drive innovation in newer markets with a more reactive planning cycle.
He further went on to say that:
Even within microprocessors, the company’s long term planning process leaves them prone to disruption when there are surprises, whether that is AMD’s unexpected success with Opteron last decade, the encroachment of the tablet market a few years ago, or this year’s surge in interest in graphics for machine learning. To be clear, Murthy did not say those things, that is simply our observation.
Intel 10nm process technology could play an important role when it comes to taking on AMD Zen. Intel has been dominating the CPU market for a long time but it seems that AMD is determined to change that with the much anticipated AMD Zen platform.
While Intel still hasn’t released many details yet on 10 nm, Murthy did say that 10 nm would substantially enhance performance along multiple axes. There will be better power efficiency for thin and light notebooks, which we think was the primary benefit of a 14 nm process defined during a period where the company was under siege from other form factors. But there will be a significant focus also on higher performance microprocessors for desktops and servers, both from higher instructions per clock but also in other key metrics. Our faith in 10 nm raising the bar for enthusiast PCs is why we see the threat presented by AMD’s Zen as being fairly manageable, with only short term disruption in 2017.
Talking about Intel 10nm process and calling AMD Zen fairly manageable it would seem that Intel is confident with future offerings and the company does not regard AMD Zen as a prominent threat.
What do you think about Intel 10nm process and AMD Zen?