Intel has confirmed delays in the development of the 7-nanometer production process that will lead to a shift in the arrival date of the next generation of chips on the market. This is a delay of about six months compared to the previous roadmap according to which a debut was expected at the end of 2021. This delay would therefore shift the arrival of the chips to 7 nanometers at least until 2022.
Intel actually points out that production is about a year behind the internal roadmap, but that this will result in an actual shift in the marketing date of the chips by six months. Beyond all the objective data is that Intel is losing further ground towards AMD which has already managed to bring its 7nn processors to the market – a few days ago it renewed its offer with the new AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop solutions with integrated graphics.
The news was confirmed by Intel in the communication of the results of its second fiscal quarter which, for the rest, highlights positive signs and confirms a 10 nanometer roadmap of products ready to debut between the end of the year and the second half of the next. In particular, it should be noted that:
- The Client Computing division (which deals with processors for desktop and portable systems) reported revenues of 9.5 billion dollars (+ 7% on an annual basis) also thanks to the increase in sales of laptops during the pandemic. Intel's overall revenues – $ 19.7 billion – have increased 20% year-on-year to a large extent thanks to the results achieved in the data center and memory market
- The 10-nanometer Tiger Lake CPUs dedicated to laptops are expected to arrive in the fall
- The first 10-nanometer Ice Lake CPU for server systems is expected later this year
- The first 10-nanometer "Alder Lake" desktop CPUs will hit the market in the second half of 2021
The scenario that lies ahead is that which has already occurred with the 14-nanometer Intel processors that have undergone a long process of refinement and multiple revisions. The same could happen with Intel 10 nanometer processors waiting for the problems with the next production node to be solved.