Not long ago, there was a report from Industry analyst and SemiAccurate founder, Charlie Demerjian published an article today claiming that Intel has abandoned its 10nm process. The report comes after Intel has repeatedly delayed the process node for four years.
However, things have reversed now Intel officials have clarified that this rumour is “unreal” and Intel has made “good progress” in this process.
The previous report was about Intel claiming that the production of the 10-nanometer process was too struggling, and Intel has effectively killed it and the development of the node has been terminated. However, this so-called internal news did not provide any more details with the only repeated message is that “Intel’s 10-nanometer process has indeed died.”
On October 23, Intel officially rebutted the rumour when it announced its earnings report on Thursday. Intel’s official Twitter article said that the report on the failure of its own 10-nanometer process was completely wrong, and said: “We have made good progress in the 10nm process.” Intel further pointed out that the current rate of return is rapidly increasing based on earnings reports.
Media reports published today that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are untrue. We are making good progress on 10nm. Yields are improving consistent with the timeline we shared during our last earnings report.
— Intel News (@intelnews) October 22, 2018
Intel wrote on Twitter: “Intel will end the media coverage of the 10nm process development is not true. We have made good progress on 10nm. The yield is improving, this is the time we shared in the last earnings report.”
According to previous reports, Intel’s termination of the 10nm process currently under development is a good thing for itself and it is considered to be the first decision that Intel has seen “finally adulthood” for many years.
To be honest, considering that Intel has spent a lot of energy and resources in the development of 10 nanometers so far it seems unlikely that it will be abandoning the existing projects and this is a very significant move and is unlikely. Under the supervision of the interim CEO Bob Swan, at least one CEO with a long-standing maturity needs to consider this decision.
At the end of September this year, Bob Swan mentioned in the “Supply Update” open letter that Intel’s 10nm process is continuously “progressing” capacity is improving and it is expected to achieve mass production at some point in 2019. In fact, although Intel currently has a 10-nanometer chip released its Cannon Lake platform is the first chip to adopt a 10-nanometer process but so far the platform has only one processor.
Although Intel’s 10nm chips have been repeatedly delayed in mass production the company is currently working hard on 14nm process processors with the goal of keeping capacity up to date. According to reports, in addition to increasing investment in chip manufacturing bases around the world Intel has also outsourced its 14nm non-processor production to rival TSMC including its H310 and other 300 series chipsets.
In addition, there has been news that, because Intel has been delaying the established circuit diagram for many years, Apple has planned to launch products based on ARM’s self-customized Mac chips in 2020 or 2021. Although not all transitions, at least some of them will advance. In terms of products, the future is no longer limited by the problem of Intel chip and higher control rights will help Apple create products different from Intel core.