Intel is pleased on progress with 7nm architecture

Separate teams are working on 10nm and 7nm

According to the latest information, Intel appears to be pleased with its progress on the 7 nanometer manufacturing technology. This comes in as a good surprise since the company is still not shipping 10-nanometer "Cannon Lake" processors in volume, and won't until the end of next year.



Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, chief engineering officer at Intel and head of the company's technology department, made some interesting comments about 10nm and 7nm manufacturing processes at Nasdaq's 39th Investor Conference.

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7 nanometers for us is a separate team and a largely separate effort. And we are quite pleased with our progress on 7, in fact very pleased with our progress on 7, and I think that we have taken a lot of lessons out of the 10-nanometer experience as we defined that and defined a different optimization point between transistor density, power and performance, and schedule predictability,


According to a report from Anandtech, the main issues with the 10nm manufacturing technology has to do with multi-patterning, a technique that is supposed to overcome lithographic limitations in the chips manufacturing process. The 7nm fabrication process has been in development separately from the 10nm tech and by a different team. With the 7nm manufacturing process, Intel is making use of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) which is more precise then the one used for the 10nm process.

Although the news on the 7nm process technology are great to read it’s still unclear when Intel is going to be able to start with volume shipments. Hopefully the situation is going to get better later next year Cannon Lake will make it to market.




Source: PCGamer - Anandtech

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini


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