Seems Intel are not having the best of times with their CPU tech lately. Not only have they been through waves of security issues, they're continuing to struggle to move to smaller processing nodes.
In the latest earnings call showing off their second-quarter 2020 financial results, we got an interesting little peek behind the curtain at their plans for future CPUs. What we know is that Intel are continuing to lag behind and it's not getting any better for quite some time.
Here's what they said about it in the press release:
Intel is accelerating its transition to 10nm products this year with increasing volumes and strong demand for an expanding line up. This includes a growing portfolio of 10nm-based Intel Core processors with “Tiger Lake” launching soon, and the first 10nm-based server CPU “Ice Lake,” which remains planned for the end of this year.
In the second half of 2021, Intel expects to deliver a new line of client CPU’s (code-named “Alder Lake”), which will include its first 10nm-based desktop CPU, and a new 10nm-based server CPU (code-named “Sapphire Rapids”).
The company's 7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations. The primary driver is the yield of Intel's 7nm process, which based on recent data, is now trending approximately twelve months behind the company's internal target.
This is all while AMD are still planning to have Zen 3 available this year and Zen 4 CPUs before 2022. It's good to see competition once again in the CPU market. However, it's not good if Intel continually get further behind like this, otherwise we eventually end up in a reverse situation of what we had before with Intel and AMD. Ideally, when Intel sort their yields out, they can come back stronger again which will then keep competition healthy because that's what benefits us consumers the most.