It’s not all bad news for Intel though: the firm is on track to announce its 11th Gen Tiger Lake chips (based on the world’s third-generation, 10nm++ processor) to replace the 10th Gen Ice Lake laptop series later this year, taking Intel’s heavily hyped Xe graphics with them. Intel also plans to introduce its first products from its 12th Gen Alder Lake series (the successor to Tiger Lake) by the end of this year — including the long anticipated first 10 nm desktop CPUs.
Especially promising is the real financial figures of Intel for Q2: Intel’s Client Computing Group (which manufactures CPUS’s for notebooks and desktops) reported an increase of 7% year-over-year with sales of $9.50 billion. Intel notes that these strong results were driven by the increase in sales of laptops due to the increase in customers working and learning from home caused by COVID-19.
Nevertheless, the difficulty in hitting 7 nm chips is a lingering problem for the company. If the history of Intel’s extending its 14 nm architecture for generations of incremental refinements is anything to go by, expect to see a lot more 10 nm products released in the coming years.
There only so much padding Intel can do. The delay of 10nm chips help up a huge chunk of the laptop industry, which relies on Intel’s roadmap and increases in power efficiency and performance to develop new and better products. And based on the company’s latest guidelines, it’s likely the PC environment could be in for a major slowdown in the years to come for 7 nm Intel processors.