A few days ago Intel announced that the 10nm desktop processor would be released in early 2020, earlier than expected, and a breath of relief for I. Intel also quietly retired the Core i3-8121U processor, the first generation of 10nm process processors, and only this one is the only product that is rare for short-lived.
For Intel’s 10nm process, we all know that this generation of processes has been delayed for a long time, and that, according to the previous Tick-Tock progress, it should be mass-produced in 2016, when in fact the Ice Lake Tenth Generation Core processor in June of this year actually achieved the hVM mass production.
The reasonfor for the 10nm delay has been explained several times by Intel, and Denis Gaudreau, Intel’s regional director for Canada, has reiterated:
“In planning for 22nm, 14nm, 10nm, I think we’re a little too aggressive in terms of architectural density, a lot more complexity, and it’s not going well, and we’ve had some setbacks, which often take months or even years to solve.” ”
So where is the 10nm process difficult? This is also good to say, before the semiconductor process according to Moore’s law, the new generation of process is usually 2x microscotrans, and Intel in 14nm to 10nm upgrade suddenly jumped to 2.7x microscotrans, 10nm process to achieve 100MTr / mm2 transistor density, is TSMC, Samsung 7nm process level.
Increased manufacturing difficulty has led to a yield of 10nm that has been unsolvable, and progress has been delayed until this year.
Now the question is, is the 10nm process used by the Ice Lake processor the same as the 10nm process used in the previous Core i3-8121U? Intel hasn’t responded positively to this question, but Techinsights figured it out.
Techinsights recently released a disassembly analysis of the 10nm Ice Lake processor Core i7-1065G7, noting that it uses a 10nm plus process, the FinFET transistor structure has been changed to improve performance, and the contact layout has changed to improve yield.
Simply put, the dismantling of Techinsights confirms that Intel’s current mass-produced 10nm process is actually 10nm plus, and that the first generation of the 10nm process has been completely re-opened with the de-listing of the Core i3-8121U.