Release by AMD processors Ryzen become the long-needed kick in the ass for Intel. Do you think the release of six-core desktop processors and available Quad-core mobile were not planned Intel to the exit Ryzen? Nonsense. I am more than confident that Intel at least another two or three years ago created for testing such solutions, but has not released them to the market, as in the absence of competition in this was not necessary.
Now, however, Intel moved that hand to all, not just her fans. However, there is a big but. AMD have released processors Ryzen in such a moment, which, on the one hand, Intel was very successful, and none on the other. He was successful for the reason that the 14-nanometer fabrication process was already well established, and capacity cores was not a problem. It is unfortunate because now it’s time to move to 10-nanometer process technology. And here Intel tripped. In the earliest plans of the company was the development of the norms of 10 nm in 2015. Then the timing is gradually shifted, and more intelligible promises appeared whether in 2016 or in 2017. In General, we were promised Cannon Lake at the end of 2017. Here is a direct tooth was given as promised. Now April 2018, and processors Cannon Lake does not like squirrels. I mean, you don’t see them because they are not. Intel hinted about some test shipments at the end of December, but for consumers it does not matter. So, Cannon Lake for us yet. And while Intel last year officially unveiled, albeit nominally, CPU Ice Lake. They supposedly were supposed to come in 2018 and be released already improved 10-nanometer process technology. And if you waited to upgrade my PC, waiting for new CPU, then either you will still have to pull or forget about it.
Intel has finally admitted that everything is bad with development of 10-nanometer standards. So bad that the bulk of the relevant CPU will start only next year. And not the fact that in the beginning.
Yes, in this company there is something said about now comes in an ultra limited quantities of Cannon Lake, but who, where and why it delivers them, is unclear. Perhaps they are intended only for tests. But even if not, Intel has made it clear — the bulk of wait until next year.
Moreover, it will probably be just energy efficient mobile CPU Cannon Lake, that is, desktop CPUs will probably have to wait even longer. In addition, now it is not clear that there will be Ice Lake. When these processors will be released and if it will, or they will be replaced by a different decision — is unclear.
And to make it more fun, Intel has promised to release this year another new 14-nanometer family — Whiskey Lake. It is a details there, but quite possibly so for a variety of call OCTA core CPU for LGA 1151. In fact, it is unclear why Intel comes up with a new family, when technically there is no architectural changes, no. I think only in order to create the appearance of new products.
By the way, remember the “tick-tock”? When one year out of the CPU with the new architecture and the old technology and the next — with the same architecture, but the new process technology. Intel has officially abandoned it in 2016 by going to a three-stage scheme: new process, new architecture, optimization. But the first 14-nanometer CPU appeared in 2014 and since then these families have changed a lot, and things are there.
In fairness, AMD also has not yet moved to 10-nanometer rules, although it is, as far as I remember, going to skip this workflow to go directly to seminomatous.
Addition: after publishing the news learned about what AMD will bring to market its first CPU seminomatous before the end of this year! However, it will be some server solution, but consumer CPUs will be released in 2019.