Intel has also introduced a number of 10nm chips in recent days, including a 10nm 24-core processor for 5G base stations, but the desktop version of the high-performance 10nm processor is still eye-opening. The good news is that the 10nm performance problem seems to have turned around, and the 45W TDP Tiger Lake-H series has begun internal testing. Tiger Lake is the successor to the 10nm Ice Lake, which was launched last year, with the CPU core upgraded to the Willow Cove architecture, the GPU as the Gen12 core of the Xe architecture, and the first integrated Thunderbolt 4 interface to be officially released at CES this year.
Previous exposure is mainly Tiger Lake-U, low-power series, TDP no more than 25W, meaning that the 10nm process although the capacity problem solved, but the performance is still lacking, not suitable for the manufacture of high-performance processors.
The latest EEC Eurasian Economic Union has leaked information on the Tiger Lake-H series, with no specific specifications, but the H suffix means it’s a high-performance processor for 45W TDP gaming processors on laptops.
10nm process can build 45W TDP notebook processor, meaning that the performance problem solved most of the, after all, now the game book on the 45W processor frequency limit can reach about 5GHz, and 45W TDP rounding with the desktop 65W processor is almost (wrong), Everything is suggesting that 10nm high-performance desktop processors are still promising.
But what really decided that the desktop Core processor wasn’t 10nm wasn’t all technical, and from the leaked Intel roadmap, 2020 is the 14nm Comet Lake-S processor, the 10th generation Core i9-10900K series to be released in April.
In 2021 there will also be a 14nm rocket lake processor, which will most likely also use the Willow Cove architecture CPU core, which is ported from the 10nm Willow Cove architecture, and the GPU may be paired with the Xe architecture’s DG1. The CPU and GPU will be designed separately, similar to small chip designs.
Unsurprisingly, there will be a Alder Lake processor in 2022, a 14nm process, and a 10nm process, but the specific information is not known and has not yet been confirmed.
In short, even if Intel says it will mass produce 7nm EUV process by 2021, it’s a bit confusing that desktop Core will have to wait another two or three years with 10nm.
What’s more, AMD’s Ryzen road map is going well, with 5nm Zen4 expected in 2021 and 3nm in 2022 to 2023, and the picture would be unthinkable if you could see 14nm Core at that time.