Intel declined to comment on what it claims to be a technology roadmap that it misses, indicating that the company will not have 10-nm desktop processors until 2022.
Tweakers' Dutch information website published on Tuesday the alleged Intel processor card. Tweakers said the roadmap – along with the second roadmap for Intel's laptop processor plans – is part of an internal Dell presentation and is emailed to the news site by an anonymous source. The laptop card gives Intel to launch 10-nm laptop processors that begin in the current quarter.
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The authenticity of the roadmaps has not been confirmed by the EE Times. Intel spokesman declined to certify or deny the authenticity of the roadmaps, citing the company's policy against commenting on rumors.
Part of the information contained in the alleged roadmaps corresponds to the information Intel has made public. Other information, however, contradicts what Intel announced publicly. For example, since last year, Intel has given the 2019 tourism season as the 10-day end date, but the mobile roadmap requires 10 nm of Ice Lake and Lakefield processors to be released on a limited basis starting in the second quarter. ,
The analysts the EE Times contacted were cautious about accepting the nominal value travel cards or reading too much on them. Jim McGregor, president and chief analyst at Tirias Research, said it was not unusual for Intel to refrain from using the latest technology for desktop PCs. Slides that appear on the Tweakers site do not show Intel roadmaps or servers, he said.
"I'm sure they will both have 10 nm in the second half of 2019," McGregor added.
The emphasis on Intel's availability of 10nm products is critical given that the company is experiencing server performance issues that have caused 10nm products to be delayed many times since the original target release in 2016. Intel is at 10 nm and the shortage of Intel processors in general to gain market share from a much larger competitor in recent quarters. AMD is also preparing to release its 7 nm Ryzen 3 desktop processor later this year – reportedly in July.
Kevin Krueel, also a senior analyst at Tirias Research, believes that the alleged roadmaps published by Tweakers are credible, noting that Intel has probably prioritized 10-nm laptop processors over desktop processors.
"The focus of Intel's 10-nanometer technology is probably the first and second," Craywell said. With all the 14 nm capacity that Intel introduces, it will likely be based on this unit for a longer time.
Krueel added that commercial computers and server markets are less sensitive to the newest process node.
"Intel also compensates for the delay of 10 nm, adding other architectural improvements such as DLBoost to 14-nm products," said Krueel.
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