- Oct 14, 2003
It does say Ponte Vecchio is a mix of internal and external process.You forgot the other half:
"We now expect to see initial production shipments of our first Intel-based 7nm product, a client CPU in
late 2022 or early 2023... including the holiday refresh window of 2022"
First DC CPU on 7nm launched in "first half of 2023."
But its still terrible news. They can't afford any more volume loss. It was during the heyday of PCs in 2006-2008 where they recognized the need to increase volume on their process. Hence the focus on mobility(I mean Smartphones not Notebooks) and foundry services.
Yet fast forward more than 10 years, and their foundry service went nowhere and they are out of the mobile market while PC volumes have dropped to 2/3rds what it was.
Now you have Apple defecting, and even Intel products moving to TSMC.
When Intel was the absolute leader in volume they were the first to move to the latest I/O and memory standards.
They absolutely cannot afford any more problems and delays with process. Even if the just reported 7nm problem is the only issue and its fixed, they have to execute with 5nm, and 3nm, and so on and so on.
At this point I am half expecting them to move to a fabless model in 5-7 years. It'll happen slowly, and the resistance will be insane. But you cannot have low volume and have the top tier process technology.
Man, they've all been slightly more than half nodes since "20nm".3nm and 2nm is bit of uncertainty at this point. I think I saw the article on Digitimes saying 3nm is half node and 2nm is actual full node jump with GAA.
20nm was the density boost with 16nm being performance focused. Each being 0.6 generation.
10nm was the ignored process with most vendors going for 7nm.
Same thing with 5/3.