Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, is the author of the “Moore’s Law” of the semiconductor industry’s golden law, and Intel has been the staunchest defender of that law for more than 50 years. But over the years, Intel itself has fallen behind in the process, and even surpassed it with 7nm by his little brother AMD, and this year’s scene was awkward.
But AMD was also surprised to catch up with AMD, and they knew very well that Intel would handle the immediate difficulties, cpu architecture and process can never be a light enemy, Intel is now just behind in progress, does not mean that they do not have the technology.
Intel also recently gave its own 2019 summary, which mentioned Moore’s Law and its own process progress. Intel points out that in 2019 they will supply more chips to meet market demand, with Ice Lake and Agilex FPGA products in the 10nm process entering the HVM mass production phase.
In addition, Intel reiterated that they will return to the two-year cycle of process upgrade routes, 7nm process will be launched in 2021, is progressing well, and 5nm process development has begun, these advanced processes will make transistors smaller and more integrated.
But Intel still hasn’t released the details of the 7nm and 5nm processes, and what we now know is that 7nm will be Intel’s first process using EUV lithography, with Ponte Vecchio, a data center chip with a 7nm Xe architecture, in 2021. As for the progress and technology of the 5nm process, it is not enough.
2021 is a good year for Intel, but the challenge is that by 2020, the 10nm chip will only ship a low-power version of Ice Lake for the mobile market this year, with the high-performance desktop version and the server version of Ice Lake to be available until the second half of next year. Before that, the 14nm processor will have to last another generation or two.