Earlier in the present day, it was reported that Intel is cancelling its troublesome 10nm manufacturing course of. In an uncommon response, the corporate has tweeted an official denial of the claims.

Improvement of Intel’s 10nm course of has been tough. Intel was very formidable with its 10nm course of—planning to extend the transistor density by one thing like 2.7 occasions—and wished to make use of quite a lot of unique applied sciences to get there. It turned out that the corporate had bitten off greater than it may chew: yields have been very low, which is to say that many of the chips being manufactured have been faulty.

In a bid to recuperate, Intel is now striving for a much less formidable scaling (although nonetheless greater than double the transistor density of its 14nm course of). It has one oddball processor in the marketplace: the Cannon Lake core i3-8121U. Unusually for this sort of processor, the built-in GPU has been disabled. That is as a result of they don’t seem to be working; we have heard it claimed that the GPUs use totally different designs for his or her logic than the CPUs, and these designs are proving significantly troublesome.

The corporate’s most up-to-date estimate is that 10nm will go into quantity manufacturing within the second half of 2019. The report from SemiAccurate cites inner sources saying that this is not going to occur: whereas there could also be a couple of 10nm chips, for essentially the most half Intel goes to skip to its 7nm course of.

Usually, Intel would not reply to rumors, however this one seems to be an exception. The corporate is tweeting that it is making “good progress” on 10nm and that yields are bettering in keeping with the steering the corporate supplied on its final earnings report. Intel’s subsequent earnings report is on Thursday, and we’re more likely to hear extra about 10nm’s progress then.

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