Intel Screwed Up at 10 Nanometers and Must Catch Up at 7 and 5 Nanometers

Intel is still mostly on 14 nanometer while TSMC and AMD are at 7 nanometer chips.

Intel will continue to advance its fabrication technologies iteratively, so we are going to see 10nm+ and 10nm++ as well as 7nm, 7nm+ and 7nm++. Intel will offer 7nm, 7nm+, and 7nm++ fabrication technologies that will rely on extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL), which will help Intel solve a variety of multi-patterning-related issues.

Intel needs to execute well with 7-nanometer chips and then try to get back to a lead with 5 nanometers.

SOURCES – EETimes, Intel
Written By Brian Wang,

20 thoughts on “Intel Screwed Up at 10 Nanometers and Must Catch Up at 7 and 5 Nanometers”

  1. They just did something to make it better/denser/faster without changing feature size or anything enough that they wish to call it a new node. The feature size doesn’t mean anything anymore; it’s just an arbitrary number that doesn’t match up with any measurement you can make on the chip, but generally smaller is denser and more efficient; one 7 nm is not equal to another 7 nm.

    Even for each node size there may be low power and high power versions of the process optimized for different things.

  2. Let’s hope Taiwan doesn’t become Chinese anytime soon.

    Maybe graphene and quantum computers will reset the world order within a decade or two. A new IT-industry will emerge. If the colonization of the solar system takes off, a lot of rugged computer hardware will be needed out there. The actors owning the delta-V will decide what happens. It is not Taiwan…

  3. “And then Apple will go bankrupt the next day”

    Everything goes bankrupt the next day, including everything in China.

  4. The idea that TSMC’s fabs would survive China’s “taking over” of Taiwan is absurd. China takes over Taiwan by reducing much of it rubble.

  5. The sad truth is that Taiwan owns the world PC industry… intel and Microsoft just gets To ride on tiawans back because they make the CPU and OS for historical reasons….before the tiawanese hijacked the industry away from American electronics corporations

  6. Personally I wish China *WOULD* invade Taiwan so the UNited states could get permission to print endless money to rebuild US fab capacity and electronics manufacturing in the name of national security,,,

  7. Yes, they could … but why would they ?.

    They don’t need to invade Taiwan, they are already winning, they are becoming the main superpower of the world, they don’t need to rush it and angry the rest of the world, who also happens to be their costumers. 

    It’s not in their best interest to invade Taiwan, eventually it will be forced to take a deal similar to Hong Kong anyway. Our politicians only seems capable to think up to the next election, but China plans for way longer than that.

  8. Governments generally don’t try to do things that they know they can’t do. That’s different stuff than you trying to comment here.

  9. Thanks, I know the terminology from ammunition, but I obviously have to read up on that in relation to chip making.

  10. One can also argue that Taiwan’s status as the world’s dominant supplier of high end chips means that they are in the same place that Saudi Arabia had for many decades.
    The USA (and other major powers) can’t afford to let them be conquered by an aggressive invader, regardless of whether the current politics are going through an isolationist or pacifist phase.
    (We also see that Arabia is in the process of losing this status.)

  11. Sitting ducks. An amphibious assault on Taiwan would cost millions of lives and would most likely fail. China’s treatment of Hong Kong makes it less likely Taiwan will ever agree to become part of China.

  12. Why doesn’t Intel buy the 7nm technology while working to develop their own version. It can hire TSMC to make its CPUs meanwhile.

  13. Intel is just living fat and milking their 14 nm fab investment because they don’t have any serious competition for x86 computers,,,,. Even if amd has better chips …People still don’t want to buy them…. Heck, Apple ARm 7nm based PCs could be better and people would still refuse to switch to them in masses ,,,, but But I have 2 days of battery life with an arm Mac … is it an intel.x86? Err,,, sorry …no thanks,…

  14. Intel has already started to outsource production to TSMC.
    They don’t have to do it themselves.

  15. To be fair TSMC’s and Samsung’s 7nm are on the same category than Intel’s 10nm, but while Intel is still struggling to ramp up its 10nm process, the foundries’ 7nm are already mature processes and in a few months they will move to 5nm.

    It’s an uphill battle for Intel, the volumes are now on TSMC’s side. I don’t think they will be able to catch up, and much less to regain the leadership.

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