Intel will soon release the eight generation of Coffee Lake CPUs. Last year, the company declared that it would no longer use the Thick-Tock model, deciding to switch to Process, Architecture, Optimization (PAO). Intel decided to make this change, switching from a two-step system to a three-step process, to gain more time to develop their next-generation process nodes.
Thus, they had also afforded to earn maximum profits out of every current node. Now, rumor has it that Intel is preparing a new product which is bound to tear apart PAO. Analyst Ashraf Eassa had confirmed with Intel the launch of the eighth generation of Coffee Lake core processors which will use an updated variant of 14nm technology.
Intel managed to earn some profit out of Kaby Lake compared to their Skylake technology. Nevertheless, they did not obtain significant benefits. Intel has recently presented a slide show in a recent speech, confirming that data center is important to next process node. The company also claimed that the government and enterprise spending are worth just a 2% increase in Compound Annual Growth Rate.
However, the business of cloud services is expected to boost by up to 15% between 2017 and 2021. At first glance, some may think this is a cheap strategy. Nevertheless, Ryzen from AMD will soon be released. The conclusion would be that Intel’s most successful project is with a 10nm chip compared to the third version on 14nm.
Some analysts may think that as node shrinks, it may become more difficult while its advantages can decrease to be less potent. Thus, a company might spend a lot of time actually to provide significant advantages. Intel is still prone to use node shrinks compared to its competitors, like TSMC, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries which no longer use this.
These businesses refuse to provide equal gate lengths to Intel until they implement their 10nm nodes. However, they are not expected to match Intel’s 10nm until they hit 7nm. This is why Intel is believed to be ahead of other companies when it comes to processing technology. When this company launched the 14nm, they first implemented this technology to ultra-mobile parts because the improvement of low-power clock speeds and the reduction in power consumption seem to be primordial for Intel to compete with ARM.
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