Intel Confirms 10th-Gen Core Roadmap Will Include 14nm CPUs
'At this moment, we're still a big Intel house and if Intel can do a 10nm product that can give me a higher frequency, that's the holy grail. If they can do higher at 14nm or 7nm, I could care less,' an Intel partner said of the company's confirmation that its 10th-generation Core lineup will include 14nm CPUs.
Intel confirmed that its 10th-generation Core processor roadmap includes 14-nanometer products in addition to the initial 10-nanometer "Ice Lake" mobile CPUs that are launching this year.
Ran Senderovitz, vice president of mobile platform marketing at Intel, made the disclosure in a recent media briefing where he shared that the company's 10th-generation Core mobile processors will include 14nm designs that focus on productivity advancements.
"The 10th-generation family will be based on architecture that best fits each one of the workloads," he said, describing the company's heterogeneous computing strategy that will focus on "more segmented and targeted designs" in every PC segment.
The 10th-generation Core's targeted segments include consumer, commercial, education and enthusiast, over the next 12 months, according to Senderovitz. Starting in late August, he said, Intel will reveal new mobile processors that target the multi-threaded, high productivity and commercial segments.
Intel's disclosure that it will include 14nm processors in its 10th-generation Core lineup comes after multiple leaks suggested that the company will continue to rely on its 14nm architecture for certain CPU families while using its new 10nm architecture for others. For instance, a recent leak said that a 10th-generation Core "Comet Lake" desktop processor will be based on an advanced version of Intel's 14nm architecture and feature up to 10 cores.
An Intel spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.
Randy Copeland, president of Velocity Micro, a Richmond, Va.-based Intel partner that builds enthusiast PCs and workstations, said most customers don't care about the process technology behind processors, which determine their die size.
"Very few customers we know of care about die size," he said. "They exclusively care about performance."
Copeland said while he knows advancements in process technology can yield better performance, Intel has proven that it can yield multiple advancements using the same process technology.
"At this moment, we're still a big Intel house and if Intel can do a 10nm product that can give me a higher frequency, that's the holy grail," he said. "If they can do higher at 14nm or 7nm, I could care less."