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Intel CEO promises 7nm launch within two years: 10nm delay is due to technical goals are too radical

via:博客园     time:2019/7/18 8:01:12     readed:1057

As a proponent, Intel still insists on Moore's Law.

When attending the Fortune Brainstorming Technology Conference, Intel CEO Bob Swan said that the 10nm extension for five years was due to the goal being too aggressive, especially when it became more and more difficult to achieve.

Although it did not plan to double the transistor density in two years, Si Ruibo stressed that Intel still maintains a leading position. After all, the 10nm delivered today is actually 2.7 times higher than the previous generation 14nm.

In addition, he also talked about 7nm, pointing out that it is under development, promised to launch within two years, and the transistor density will at least double.

When talking about the future, Si Ruibo pointed out that Intel only has a 30% share of the entire silicon chip market. He believes that artificial intelligence, auto-driving, etc. have explosive demand for high-performance computing, which will be Intel's new business opportunities.


In the two years from 2019 to 2021, Intel's processor roadmap will be confusing, because during this period, Inte will complete the conversion and upgrade of various process technologies. 14nm does not give up, 10nm acceleration, 7nm mass production are completed in these two years. .

This has caused not only a little fascination with desktop processors, but also a messy server processor. In April of this year, Intel released the second-generation Xeon Scalable Server Chip, which is the 14nm process product. The number of cores is similar to the Skylake server chip introduced in 2017.

Next year, Intel will also launch two generations of server chips, one is Cooper Lake, which is 14nm process, and the Ice Lake architecture, which is a 10nm process, the specific roadmap is as follows.


Next year's Cooper Lake and Ice Lake are not only different in process and architecture, but also need to change slots. At present, the processor slot used by Xeon is LGA3467. It has been used for two generations. Next year, Cooper Lake and Ice Lake will be replaced. Socket P slot.

There is no official announcement about this incident, but the vast majority of Ma Yunjia has been found to be selling the server slots of the two generations of Cooper Lake and Ice Lake, and the price is very high. One slot costs 350 yuan.


Not only did the sneak sneak out of the slot, the store also announced the official documentation of Intel, detailing the slot form of the two generations of server chips Cooper Lake and Ice Lake. Unexpectedly, it is divided into Socket P4 and Socket P5. Slot.


According to Intel, next year's processor will have two platforms, one is codenamed Whitley, using the Socket P4 slot, and it has two processors — — Cooper Lake-4, Ice Lake-SP, That's right, this platform is a processor with two different architectures and different processes, both 14nm and 10nm.


The platform codename Cedar Island is a Socket P5 slot, and the processor is mainly Cooper Lake-6.


If you want to understand this complicated problem, you have to look at the Intel processor roadmap that broke out at the end of May this year. Intel's desire to create such a complex slot and processor type is related to their product line division.

In contrast, there is only one Socket P5 slot under Cedar Island, which corresponds to the Cooper Lake-P processor (called Cooper Lake-6 in the document of the opening slot). The number of cores is no more than 26, 14nm process, 6 Channel memory, PCIe 3.0 channel.

There are two processors under the Whitley platform. The Ice Lake-SP can be considered as a 10nm upgrade of the Cooper Lake-P. It supports 8 channels of memory and also supports PCIe 4.0, but the number of cores is still no more than 26.

The Cooper Lake-SP in the Whitley platform (the Cooper Lake-4 in the above document) is quite special. It is still in the previous 14nm process, but the number of cores is no more than 48. The design should be similar to the current Cascade Lake-AP. The 48 cores are packaged in 2 Cooper Lake processor glue packages.

Intel uses 2 different slots in 2 different architectures and process processors in 2 generations. It is estimated that it has a relationship with memory channels. At least Socket P4 slots have 8 channels under the Whitley platform, while Socket The processor under the Cedar Island platform in the P5 slot is 6 lanes.

After reading these, I don’t know if you are messed up. I’m confused. After all, this is still based on the roadmap of the previous news, not the official Intel hammer. Following this route, the Sapphire Rapids and Granite Rapids processors of the 8-channel memory will continue to use the Socket P4 slot.


l In addition, on July 7th, AMD officially launched the Ruilong 3000 processor and RX 5700 series graphics cards, and took the lead in the 7nm era on the CPU and GPU, and regained competitiveness in the high-performance product line.

These two products, the Ruilong 3000 processor performance is particularly good, not only maintain multi-threaded games, single-core performance has also caught up, the game performance gap has also been reduced to a fully acceptable level, while in energy efficiency, fever And continue to maintain an advantage in cost performance.

After the launch of the Ruilong 3000 processor, the market's response was also good, and the hot sale was indispensable. Some models even appeared to be snapped up.In the German, Dutch, and Japanese markets, AMD's processor sales accounted for more than Intel before its launch. In the Korean market, the retail share of the Ruilong 3000 also exceeded 50%.


Compared with the Ruilong 3000, AMD's RX 5700 graphics card advantage is not so obvious, especially NVIDIA is the first to introduce the RTX 20 Super series, but AMD price reduction of 300-500 yuan before the release, RX 5700 series graphics card price advantage is still there.

AMD launched two major product lines, the Ruilong 3000 and RX 5700, during the peak season of Q3, which is expected to stimulate the growth of the board market, especially the traditional promotional hotspots ——It is expected that board manufacturers such as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and Biostar will benefit from the release of new products, and upgrading will bring a new round of demand improvement..


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