Intel says 10nm chips still on track

“Intel has been struggling to mass produce its next-generation 10nm Cannon Lake processors,” Tom Warren reports for The Verge. “Dubbed Cannon Lake, the 10nm chips were originally supposed to appear in 2016.”

“Delays have hit the process of creating these chips, and Intel revealed earlier this year that the processors should start shipping in 2019,” Warren reports. “SemiAccurate reported earlier today that Intel has killed off work on its 10nm processors, citing internal sources.”

“While the SemiAccurate report claims Intel’s 10nm aren’t financially viable, Intel has refuted the claims,” Warren reports. “‘Media reports published today that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are untrue,’ says an Intel spokesperson. ‘We are making good progress on 10nm. Yields are improving consistent with the timeline we shared during our last earnings report.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: SemiAccurate.

7 Comments

    1. TSMC plays deceptive word games with their geometry claims.
      Intel’s 10nm geometry gives 100.76 million transistors per square millimeter.
      TSMC’s so-called 7nm geometry gives 67 million transistors per square millimeter.

      Do the math.

      1. TSMC needs to get to what they call 5.7nm just to match Intel’s 10nm.

        By the way, has anybody seen any 4.5GHz ARM processors yet?
        Intel does 4.5GHz.
        ARMs haven’t even reached 3.0GHz.
        TSMC’s so-called smaller geometry should allow some really high speeds — but it doesn’t. What’s up with that?

        All you guys whining about Intel should actually be asking WTF is going on at TSMC.

  1. Oes Intel actually have a future? Only its name and familiarity seems to shield it from the humiliation it deserves. There is precious little indication that it’s future roadmap is anything but a figment of its vivid imagination as things have stood this pact 5 years or so with no sign of a return to conciousness my tim soon. Anyone who tninks Apple isn’t planning to sideline them ASAP seriously needs a pick me up to he,p their reasoning powers.

    1. don’t pay attention to the not-so-subtle anti-Intel bias here on MDN. Since the site was taken over by political idiots with axes to grind, every issue has been steeped in label pasting, I-win, U-lose mentality. It seems that while Apple continues to do business day in and day out with the companies MDN loves to hate, MDN offers little factual basis for its strong opinions.

      Apple is a customer of chip foundries Intel, Samsung, Taiwan Semiconductor, Qualcom, Broadcom, TI, Globalfoundries, etc. Apple has made very little effort in bringing chip fab in house. With the piles of money Cook has at his disposal, he apparently has decided that the hard work of chip manufacture isn’t in Apple’s wheelhouse. Apple will continue to design emojis and rely on the same supply chains that every other manufacturer uses.

      Barry is also correct that the Asian chip fabs are notoriously misleading. They blatantly label a process name “X nm” when the process results in a chip that:
      – requires higher supply voltage
      – has longer gate lengths
      – has longer contact gate pitches
      – has longer min metal pitch
      – has larger cell sizes
      – has poorer yields
      – requires vastly more expensive production costs (AMD claimed 1 10nm chip costs double what the equivalent capability 22nm chip cost, making mobile electronics a lesser value than desktop class systems)

      It is truly amazing how nobody on this tech blog cares to discuss the full details with technical accuracy. MDN and its remaining politico-mad readers are so intent on weaving biased stories (Intel is American, and a reliable Apple supplier, but Intel also supplies other manufacturers, so therefore Intel is bad, and even if it is American, MDN wants Intel to fail even though the orange fuhrer is supposedly making all American companies stronger, so let’s cheer Apple for assembling all its stuff in China like other US corporations, except Intel’s chip foundries are mostly in the USA but that is somehow bad because MDN doesn’t like Intel) … the twisted logic is so pathetic, who can follow it anymore?

      Finally, most users of iOS gadgets don’t tax their CPUs hardly at all. It is the modem that is cooking, struggling under the load of streaming everything all the time. The GPU is busty pushing games to the dinky screens. The real truth is that Cook is pushing privacy messaging hard now because Apple doesn’t have any advantage in modem or GPU. Apple is entirely reliant on the tech patents of other companies there, so with each keynote Apple will blab on about how they incremented its A chip another digit and ignore the fact that modem speeds are saturated, graphics is thermally throttled, and battery life still sucks.

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