Intel CEO Brian Krzanich claims that most of the problems the company experiences in 10nm chip production have no impact on 7nm production. It would therefore be premature to think that the 7nm production will be delayed.
In the step from 14nm to 10nm, Intel focused on a factor of 2.7 for the reduction of the basic structures, where the company traditionally has a factor of 2. , 4 persisted. At 7nm Intel again focuses on the 2.4-factor. The CEO claims that Intel is very positive about the progression of the 7nm production, without giving details.
Earlier this week, the chief engineering officer at Intel, Murthy Renduchintala, stated that ] premature is to assume that the 7nm production will be delayed due to the 10nm problems. He also states that the requirements for 7nm in terms of density, performance and consumption are lower. “The targets at 10nm lower in hindsight were a bit more aggressive than ideal.”
One of the concerns among investors is that Intel’s competitor AMD will be supplying 7nm processors for the lucrative data center market in 2019, while Intel is probably still at 14nm. with his Xeons. Krzanich nevertheless believes that Intel’s chips will continue to offer higher performance, due to the elongation in 14nm and the improvements in the architecture of the data center processors.
Intel has major problems in getting the yields of his 10nm process in order: there are not enough chips on a wafer to be able to get mass production economically viable.