After years, Intel is finally preparing to ship its 10 nm processors in high volume in the new factory. The company aims to solve the problems during the manufacturing process that had caused trouble in recent years.
Intel is updating its approach
After having trouble with the 10nm fabrication process, Intel updated its approach to manufacturing technologies and actual products. By reaching this goal, the company wants to return its usual processing technology. For a long time, it has been awaited from Intel to begin the manufacturing process of 7nm processors.
Now it is preparing to ship its EUV-based 7nm processors in 2021 and launched its first 10nm processors two weeks ago. They produce all of the 10 nm CPUs in Hillsboro, Oregon and Kiryat Gat, Israel. To speed up the manufacturing process, Intel is preparing to build a new factory to produce more of the company’s existing Ice Lake-U/Y products, server CPUs and GPUs as well.
The new factory will be in Arizona
New Factory is located in Arizona and expected to go into production at the start of next quarter. The aim of the new factory is to increase the supply of Ice Lake processors and to solve the problems during the manufacturing process. Intel’s 10 nm portfolio includes datacenter-grade Xeon (Ice Lake-SP) processors, discrete DG1 GPU(s), an AI inference accelerator, and a 5G base station SoC.
Bob Swan, CEO of Intel, said:
“The Intel 10 nm product era has begun and our new 10th Gen Core Ice Lake processors are leading the way. In Q3, we also shipped our first 10 nm Agilex FPGAs. In 2020, we will continue to expand our 10 nm portfolio with exciting new products including an AI inference accelerator, 5G base station SoC, Xeon CPUs for server storage and network, and a discrete GPU. This quarter we have achieved power on exit for our first discrete GPU DG1, an important milestone.”
Focused on 7 nm and 5 nm processes
According to Intel earnings call, the company focuses on 7 nm and 5 nm processors, while updating their 10nm status with roadmap set till 2021.