Intel Delays Mass Production of 10nm Cannon Lake CPU’s to 2019
After deciding it would no longer follow the Tick Tock CPU architecture tradition, Intel has now stated that it is facing heavy difficulties with the production of 10nm Cannon Lake chips. That was announced in a fiscal report, and the company now aims to start widescale 10nm production in 2019.
Nonetheless, Intel will produce 10nm processors this year, but only in very limited numbers and nowhere near mass production, which has been shifted to 2019. The company’s last die shrink occurred in 2014 with the release of 14nm CPUs, although mass production of 14nm chips only started the year afterward as well. It’s likely that we will see a similar situation with the next generation of Intel Cannon Lake CPUs, and they will most likely be scarce at the time of introduction.
Despite the disappointing news about the 10nm Cannon Lake production issues, Intel’s revenue has gone up significantly. Total revenue for the previous quarter was a little over 16 billion dollars, a 13% increase. Notably, Intel has been selling fewer desktop processors compared to the previous quarter but is able to ask a higher price resulting in better financial numbers.
Intel has adjusted its forecast for the coming quarter due to the 10nm problems but expects a growth of 10% compared to last year. The expectations for 2018 have also been adjusted slightly, as the company now predicts to gather 2.5 billion dollars more revenue than expected.