In Intel’s earnings report, they mentioned they are now finally making more 10nm wafers than 14nm wafers. This immediately suggests Intel has overcome the headaches to bringing the new node into full production. Intel also mentioned that per wafer costs are also much lower.
- Alder Lake
- 10nm enhanced superfin
- PCIe 5.0
Intel’s currently preparing to launch their 12th Generation Alder Lake processors, the company’s first 10nm processor design to launch on both desktop and mobile platforms. Alder Lake is due to launch later this year (Q4) and revamp the x86 CPU market with a hybrid architecture design that aims to deliver impressive levels of single-threaded and multi-threaded performance.
Now that 10nm is ready Intel can try and win back some market share from AMD who scored well with their Zen architecture processors. Competition can keep prices lower.
The Intel roadmap does call for features down to 1.5nm circa 2029. Given the cost of 10nm, the cost for 1.5nm is outright scarry. Closer to reality is the 7nm line which is now expected to be taping out in 2023. High volume with Intel’s existing 10nm will being in lots of cash towards the next node. 1.5nm could cost over $40 billion to bring to risk production.