Following years of delays, Intel is planning to ship 10-nanometer processors in June. The company announced its intentions during its investment meeting. The company intends to ship products fabricated using a 7-nanometer process in 2021. Rival chip producer TSMC already uses a 7-nanometer process to create A-series chips for Apple.
Intel has faced numerous delays on the road to the 10-nanometer process, which has continued to use its well-established 14-nanometer process to create its chips. It attempted to release a 10-nanometer product back in 2018, and has since kept mum about the delays it has faced, other than a denial of claims that it had abandoned the process completely.
During the investor meeting, Intel told the assembled that their “Ice Lake” 10-nanometer processors will be soon shipping, starting in June. 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.
The first 10-nanometer processors will be used in mobile devices, such as notebooks and tablets, with the first products to include the chips are expected to hit shelves in time for the holidays.
Intel also expects to launch numerous 10-nanometer chips throughout 2019 and 2020, including client and server chips.
As for the upcoming 7-nanometer process that Intel is still working on, the process is expected to double the scaling and provide a 20% increase in performance-per-watt, with a 4X reduction in “design rule complexity.”