Intel reports that the development of the 18A process is well ahead of schedule

Intel is set to step on the gas in the coming years and show off an unprecedented pace to overtake its rivals, TSMC and Samsung. The course is already clear, because we know well what TSMC and Samsung are planning, which Intel wants to overtake mainly thanks to its combo 20A and 18A, two processes put into practice within one year, namely 2024. This is what the development in the Oregon D1X should ensure. which has been significantly expanded.

The plan and its implementation are, of course, two different things, and whether Intel can actually produce the 20A and 18A processes in 2024, this will indicate the development in this year and next, when the Intel 4 and Intel 3 processes are to be put into operation. for 7nm and 5nm process. But let’s not be mistaken, the development of new processes does not take place in sequence, but in parallel in different devices, ie failure or delay, let’s say in the case of Intel 3 would not necessarily mean cascading delays in the advent of the following technologies. It could and should be significantly different from 2015 to 2019, when the failure in the development of 10nm technology also brought about the constant recycling of the Skylake microarchitecture and the postponement of the introduction of other technologies.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, now focuses on the main goal just to develop the Intel 18A process. Already in February, he also showed one of the first wafers that were processed by this technology, which of course means nothing in itself, or rather only tells us that the process is already being developed. After all, it is a wafer full of SRAM memory and not logic chips. According to Gelsinger, however, the development of 18A technology is a full six months ahead of schedule, and this is already reflected in the roadmap above, which already shows that 18A has been moved to 2024.

According to analyst Kevin Krewell (Tirias Research) quoted by the server Cnet, Gelsinger must already be very confident that he will be able to get the 18A process up and running in time, or he would not report such a thing. It can be said that there is nothing to force Gelsinger to postpone the launch of 18A to an earlier date, as Intel’s plan had been very ambitious before.

Scotten Jones, owner of IC Knowledge, a consulting firm specializing in computer technology, also had to correct his opinion. Jones used to be very skeptical of Intel’s plan, but now in his article on SemiWiki he already speaks differently.

Now Intel plans to implement four new manufacturing technologies in just three years, more than double the old Tick-Tock strategy, from which nothing is left during attempts to leave the 14nm process and move to 10nm.


Source: Svět hardware by www.svethardware.cz.

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