Intel roadmap pledges 7nm by 2021

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Furthermore, 10nm Tiger Lake processors will follow Ice Lake in 2020, arriving in laptops and packing Intel's Xe graphics (rather than Ice Lake's Gen11 integrated graphics), which will be capable of running multiple 4K displays (or driving an 8K monitor).

Chipzilla said it expects the Ice Lake platform to deliver 3x faster wireless speeds, 2.5 to 3x faster artificial intelligence performance, 2x faster video transcode speeds and 2x faster graphics performance compared to previous generation products.

A consumer-targeted Intel Xe graphics card is expected in 2020, the year before the aforementioned GP-GPU, although that won't be 7nm - but rather 10nm.

Credit: IntelIntel's Dr. Murthy Renduchintala also unveiled a conceptual design of the company's new MCM (Multi-Chip Module) design (right) with several XPU chips, which indicates these are not CPUs, tied together with a fabric.

In the coming months Intel will launch two Xeon processors that will belong to the same platform: Cooper Lake CPUs made using Intel's 14 nm manufacturing technology, and Ice Lake chips produced using Intel's 10 nm node.

Intel Corp Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan said on Wednesday the chipmaker would produce and launch its 7 nanometer (nm) chip products in 2021.

Intel also talked about its upcoming 7nm-based processors.

Intel10nm chips expected to be available during 2019 and 2020, containing specific parts such as the AI-oriented Nervana, a general-purpose GPU and server-side processors.

Analyst Holger Mueller of Constellation Research Inc. told SiliconANGLE that Intel is under pressure to execute on its move to a 7nm process, especially considering the delays it faced in getting to 10nm. OneAPI is Intel's effort to unify programming across the company's compute product portfolio-its CPUs, GPUs, specialized AI silicon, and FPGAs-which the company collectively refers to as its XPUs.

Swan said that 14nm chip supply will continue to improve, with full availability expected by the fourth quarter. PC chip sales are likely to remain flat in that period, but data center chips should see double-digit growth, he said. By then, Intel expects to have squeezed out at least three generation of 10nm products as it refines the node over time (10nm+ and 10nm++).

Intel's share price dropped 2.46 percent in after-market trading following the meeting, after a 1.24 percent decline at market close. The company has stumbled before but over time, righted itself and regained its balance and prominence.

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