Earlier this week Intel released its Q2 2020 earnings report (PDF), but it did not make for great reading if you’re eagerly awaiting the silicon maker to get production of its new 7nm CPUs up and running.
In fact, Intel has confirmed that OEMs can expect delays as far as the availability of the processors go, with it potentially arriving in late 2022, or even 2023 should Intel run into more issues.
The chipsets were initially scheduled for the latter half of next year, but Intel’s earnings report notes that, “the company’s 7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations.” As such, it pushes delivery out to 2022.
As for what has caused the delay, Intel CEO Bob Swan tells Tom’s Hardware that a “defect mode” in the 7nm process is what is to blame. As The Verge points out, curiously Intel says that while this delay puts its production roadmap a year behind, there is only expected to be a six-month increase as far as delivery is concerned.
While 7nm chips are some ways off from hitting devices, the company’s other important silicon is still on track. Most notably the 11th Gen Tiger Lake chips, which are based off of a third-gen 10nm+++ architecture. Those are expected later in the year, and will replace the company’s 10th Gen offerings in the market.
The same goes for the successor to the Tiger Lake chips, with the 12th Gen Alder Lake offerings also on track for a release at the year’s end.
That might be good news for those wanting the new offerings as soon as possible, but it also means that we’ll be getting more 10th Gen-sporting devices in the coming years, instead of the 7nm ones that were initially expected late next year.
How this delay will impact Intel’s relationship with its OEMs remains to be seen, but we’ve already seen Apple shift to ARM in recent months.