HW News - Intel 7nm Delays Through 2022+, NVIDIA Ampere Discussion & ARM Interest

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This week's news is anchored by yet more manufacturing woes from Intel, this time at 7nm. Intel has had to delay its 7nm products due to less than great yields, although the exact problem causing poor yields wasn't disclosed.
We also have leaks that NVIDIA is internally working on Ampere launch timelines now, which would point toward early rumors that the cards would see an August/September launch window. Igor of Igor's Lab may be on the mark with that one. Finally, we have some smaller AMD and Cooler Master news to go over, as well as ARM interest by Nvidia.

Joining Intel in manufacturing trouble is Samsung, as the company is reportedly struggling to improve its 5nm yields.

01:17 | Intel's 7nm is Delayed until at Least 2022

As if things couldn't get any worse for Intel on the manufacturing side, it just announced that its 7nm process has been delayed. That means volume production won't come online until 2022, or possibly 2023, as opposed to late 2021.

Intel CEO Bob Swan and man who hates benchmarking delivered the disheartening news along with Intel's Q2 earnings, while also touching on a few other technology points. According to Swan, Intel is "seeing an approximate six-month shift in our 7nm-based CPU product timing relative to prior expectations." Furthermore, Intel notes that 7nm yields are approximately 12 months behind internal target goals.

"We have identified a defect mode in our 7nm process that resulted in yield degradation. We've root-caused the issue and believe there are no fundamental roadblocks, but we have also invested in contingency plans to hedge against further schedule uncertainty," says Swan. In order to maintain Intel's roadmap and competitiveness, Swan says Intel will lean on other aspects such as die disaggregation and advanced packaging.

Part of Intel's contingency plans will also see Intel leverage both internal and external process technologies, which is to say, Intel will be leaning on third party foundries where it makes sense. As such, Intel is now stating that Ponte Vecchio will combine both internal and external process technologies, combined with Intel's packaging technology, and will ship late 2021 or early 2022.

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