Intel to ship 10nm mobile CPUs in June

Sunday, 12 May, 2019

The discrete graphics technology will be based on the company's new Intel Xe architecture. Ice Lake processors are expected to provide double the video transcode speeds and graphical performance of previous versions, and provide three times faster wireless speeds and between 2.5 to 3 times faster AI performance.

Details of Intel's Xe architecture have been trickling out since Intel confirmed its design win for the Aurora supercomputer, which it will build with partner Cray for Argonne National Laboratory in line with US exascale goals. It envisions a 20% bump in performance per watt and a complementing 4 times reduction in design complexity. 7nm processors is built with the extreme ultraviolet lithography which is useful for "multiple" generations of smaller processes.

The company also announced its plans to launch its first general-purpose 7nm product, a GPU, in 2021.

The lead 7nm product is expected to be an Intel Xe architecture-based, general-purpose GPU for data center AI and high-performance computing, Intel said. Renduchintala shared some slides that showed Intel's intent to ship 10nm Ice Lake client processors this June and another key slide showed the roadmap for transitioning from 10nm to 7nm.

Another important technology for Intel going forward will be the use of heterogeneous integration.

Intel said it's betting aggressively to try and retake the manufacturing process technology leadership it's lost to fabs like TSMC. The company plans to address this in the future by redefining expectations for process development.

The announcement was among several disclosures the semiconductor giant made during its 2019 meeting with investors on Wednesday, which Intel has been broadcasting live. Intel plans to effectively deliver performance and scaling at the beginning of a node, plus another performance improvement within the node through multiple intra-node optimizations within the technology generation. Also next year we will see the first 10nm+ products. "We let ourselves down", Swan said of the quarterly results last month. Additional 10nm chips will follow through 2019 and 2020. Intel has been rumored to be speaking with Tsinghua Unigroup, a Chinese-government backed corporation, as a potential NAND production partner.

Analyst Holger Mueller of Constellation Research Inc. told SiliconANGLE that Intel is under pressure to execute on its move to a 7nm process, especially considering the delays it faced in getting to 10nm.

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