April 04, 2017
The highest valued chipmaker, Intel Corporation is keeping Moore’s law alive by introducing its next 10nm chips. Unlike the previous 14-nano technology, the new 10-nano tech enables to pack even more transistors into a given area. After much questions regarding its potential and competitiveness, the company finally opens up about the processor manufacturing technique at an event held recently at San Francisco.
Samsung is already making 10 nm chips, but Intel claims that the 10 nm Cannon Lake chips will be a generation ahead of its rival manufacturers Samsung and TSMC. The hyper scaling feature enables the chip to be denser than the present Kaby Lake chips. This allows accommodating higher transistor counts and 25 percent more performance. The approach also leverages process enhancements such as self-aligned double patterning and self-aligned quad patterning.
Intel is planning to manufacture the 10nm chips for three years before scaling down to 7nm technology. Though Intel is comparing its 10nm technology with its rivals, one point to note here is the chips won’t be released in the market until the second half of this year while the 10nm Snapdragon 835 is already in production. So its density due to its gate and metal pitches is the only advantage that Intel has over its competitors. Intel will also be releasing 8th Generation Core chips built on the 14nm technology. This might create a scenario where both the 14nm and 10nm PC chips will hit the market. So, Intel has decided to use “+” and “++” symbols to mark advances in the 14nm and 10nm processes.
Intel seems confident about its next generation chips, but the competition might make Intel to put more efforts to produce efficient and affordable chip designs.