- Oct 14, 2003
This new naming structure allows them to better align with TMSC node "sizes" and allows them to get away from the dreaded "+" syndrome. ie Intel 20A+ will not exist and actually be Intel 18A.
I don't fully agree with this either. Look at this slide.
The plusses are just that, nice improvements but small. 5.5%, 3.8%, 5.8%, 5.9%. And it's not multiplicative either, it's additive. 10nm SF wasn't called a + because it single handedly brought improvements equal to four plusses.
Let's look at Intel 3 and 18A shall we?
Intel 4 - 20%
Intel 3 - 18%
Intel 20A - 15%
Intel 18A - 10%
The performance gains are big. Interestingly in this aspect 20A is LESS than the Intel 3 process. More work for less gains, this is the slow death of Moore's Law.
While we heavily focus on density, performance is very important. TSMC's 20nm brought great density gains, but almost no one used it, and they waited for 16nm with FinFET. Likewise TSMC's N2 brings barely any density gain, but performance seems good. Probably is going to be similar with Intel's 20A. It's about performance not density. We used to get both readily but that ship is slowly sailing away.
And you are also forgetting that Intel 3 is being skipped on client, but Intel 4 is being skipped on server. That's why there's a gap. They aren't changing names, they are skipping processes.
To start of with, TSMC doesn't disclose HCC SRAM density
Intel 7/Intel 10nm is ~7nm.
Intel 10nm HD is ~ 7nm
Intel 7 HP ~ TSMC 7nm
Intel 7 is roughly 15% larger than TSMC 7nm HDC cells
You got a lot to learn buddy. Thinking buffers aren't made of transistors haha. Buffers are basic building blocks. Not logic, but important.
If anything, the SF and ESF(called Intel 7 now) are less dense than 10nm in Icelake. The clock speed increase didn't come for free. Yes, pitches did increase. And pitches are one thing that directly affects density, unlike things like COAG which is a maybe.
We know the whole 14nm/10nm density claim was quite misleading since while it could be true, it did not apply to their Core lines. Atom gained awesomely and so did their GPUs. But that's not bringing them much money do they? They tried to do a mobile shift in 14nm, but they were in essence killing the hen that lays golden eggs(just like the story to get more of them inside her).
ARL also has a secret that will make the SKU choices even more interesting.
Very interesting. About ARL+MTL, little bit of price adjustments and plus or minus 100MHz adjustments and P+E core ratios can easily make it work.
@Hulk If they do as you planned, then they'll lose on desktop again. I personally am not that pessimistic. They know that Arrowlake, even in small volumes at the high end is necessary to charge extra at the high end, because that's where the margins and profits are. If Meteorlake is at top, then you end up at x600K, and maybe x700K at max. That's a loss.