Intel has finally got all of its ducks in a row and announced that 10nm CPUs will be ready to launch by Holiday 2019. The news broke through Intel’s announcement of its record earnings for the second quarter of 2018, confirming to investors that 10nm fabrication is back on track.
The production troubles of Intel and the 10nm node have been well documented, leading to AMD potentially leapfrogging Intel to the 7nm process before Intel can even get 10nm to market. After numerous delays, Intel is now targeting a launch for its 10nm CPUs in the second half of 2019. More specifically, Holiday 2019 is the anticipated launch window.
10nm mass production will commence in the first half of 2019, affording Intel plenty of time to amass stock before a launch later in the year. These 10nm chips will be faster and more power efficient than their current 14nm counterparts and will represent Intel’s first process shrink since 2014.
In addition to the launch of 10nm in 2019, Intel also made it clear that it has yet another generation of 14nm CPUs to launch. These will be the last 14nm chips out of Intel, so it would perhaps be wise to wait until Q4 2019 for 10nm if you’re beginning to contemplate an upgrade.
We are of course expecting an Intel 9th Gen announcement any day now. Practically the entire range of CPUs has now leaked in some fashion, with all signs pointing towards HyperThreading now being exclusive to top-end Core i9 processors.