The next generation of Ocean Cove CPU architecture will be first deployed at 10nm
We can't deny AMD's leverage in recent years in the CPU, APU, and GPU market, upsetting (and very much) Intel's comfortable leadership in CPUs and NVIDIA in GPUs. The company has done its homework right and is back in the fight. NAVI GPU and ZEN CPU / APU architectures using 7nm build technology deliver good value to consumers in line with excellent performance and power consumption. And unfortunately for Intel, 7nm technology is still a long way off, launching products still in the 14nm lithograph and delaying the release of the next 10nm desktop processors for the year 2022. Which leads us to believe that Intel is having trouble mastering the technology.
AMD launched its new home CPUs on Sunday
In this scenario, South Korean giant Samsung has announced that it has received an order from Intel to produce what it has cited as' PC CPU ', something quite vague for us, but which may include different types of chips called' S ',' H ',' U 'and' Y '(desktop, notebook, ultrabook and ultra low-power respectively). The contract would cover not only the 'current' 14 nm process but also 10 nm and smaller lithographs. In addition to manufacturing, it would also include in the contract important steps in the manufacture of chips, such as bumping processes and packaging of the dies in the CPUs.
It would be the first time in Intel's history that it would hire another factory to produce its flagship product line, the processors. Something very unlikely to happen because of the strict standards required by Intel in the production of its processors. Remember that at the time of the Sandy Bridge architecture, consumers had the impression that there were differences in CPUs made in Costa Rica compared to other processors produced in the rest of the world. In the past, Intel has already ordered the production of smaller chips from other manufacturers, such as the production of southbridge motherboard controller chips.
Another fact that further reinforces Samsung's 'rumor' is Intel's delays in delivering its processors to its business partners. Michelle Johnston Holthaus, the company's executive vice president of sales, marketing and communications, wrote an open letter to partners apologizing for not correcting supply issues and warning of a possible failure to meet CPU demand for the current quarter. It is the next. He said they will contact other semiconductor manufacturers to help them meet all the demands. Manufacturers like Dell are keeping a close eye on events and are already making very small business predictions, blaming Intel for all that.
"Samsung is expected to benefit from TSMC's strict production schedule," said Kim Yang-jae, an analyst at KTB Investment & Securities. "More chip orders are likely to come from Intel and Qualcomm next year."
Intel is 'between the cross and the sword' at the moment. The company's CAPEX (investments in equipment and facilities to maintain production of a product, or to keep a business running) is limited and it would have 2 options: Allocate resources to expand the production capacity of its own mills. nm to meet demand, thus shifting from investing in 7 nm technology and leaving AMD with a good market share. Or investing the resources in 7nm technology, not delivering the current 14nm orders, which could be met by competitor AMD, which would again give the competitor a good share of the market. But hiring other manufacturers to meet demand would be a third solution.
Hiring other manufacturers to produce their processors could cause Intel to focus efforts (and resources) to build its own 7 nm technology factories as quickly as possible without spending resources on today's 14 nm factories to supply it. the current demand.
However, Intel itself completely denied Samsung. According to Intel: "Last week's letter says we will increase our factory usage so we can build more CPUs at Intel. News about using third-party CPU factories is inaccurate."
Now we can only wait for the final chapter of this novel to know what will really happen. It's strange that Intel denies Samsung in the midst of so many internal problems that the company is experiencing. She recently lost Chris Hook and Heather Lennon, employees of the integrated GPU marketing team, to AMD, and there are rumors of strong mass layoffs, numbers close to 10,000 employees expected.
Source: Adrenaline, Techpowerup, Tweaktown, Wccftech
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