On May 8, 2019 at Intel Inventor Day, Intel revealed detailed manufacturing news for the upcoming products that it will work on over the next four years. Intel CEO’s Bob Swan and Murthy Renduchintala spoke to investors about Intel’s projection for the next few years. Originally, Intel was supposed to release the 10nm process this has been delayed the past few years. 14nm process was released back in 2014, then the 14+ process was released in 2016, and currently we are seeing the end of the 14++ process. Intel has released some 10nm products but these weren’t significant quantities. The 10nm process was to improve on the 14nm process by providing 2.7x the density back in 2013. In reality, this was an ambitious move for Intel and this move happened to bite them in the back. However, Intel was able to improve the 14+ and 14++ processes by increasing more than 20% more performance.
Now, looking into the future – Intel is planning to release the 10nm process and its products mid 2019 along with new GPUs, FPGAs, and NPUs. Server based 10nm process are expected to be releasing in the first half of 2020. Also, according to its roadmap, Intel is expecting to jump on the 7nm bandwagon by 2021. The roadmap also indicates there will be a 10+ and a 10++ process with much shorter life span than the 14+ and 14++. At the moment, it looks like Intel will most likely focus on the 10nm process releasing in the next couple of months.
On the other side, AMD has been teasing their new Zen 2 products such as the Ryzen 3000 series. Rumors and leaks pointing to a flagship chip with 16 cores and 32 threads have kept enthusiasts on their toes. The flagship Ryzen 9 3850X is expected to release at $499 which would decimate any competition for that performance at that price, effectively killing AMD’s own first generation Threadrippers. Alongside the Ryzen launch, there are rumors of AMD’s NAVI GPUs releasing during E3 2019. For those who don’t know, E3 2019 will take place in mid-June, the perfect time to launch a gaming product. NAVI architecture will be much better than the previous generation Vega and the performance is rumored to be unexpected for a Radeon product. Currently, there have been some leaks indicating the lower tier of AMD GPUs being a refresh to the Polaris architecture for the budget friendly market. As with rumors and leaks, we have to take this information with a grain of salt until Computex 2019 and E3 2019.