Forget “SuperFin Enhanced”, the previous name for power nodes Intel’s upcoming 10nm Alder Lake processors. Now that node is just called “Intel 7”, according to revised company roadmap. But don’t think that means Intel is somehow shipping the 7nm processor early – its long-delayed “Rocket Lake” 7nm chip still delivered by 2023, and its node was renamed “Intel 4.” Are you confused already? It’s almost as if Intel is trying to add a new number to these upcoming products, so we’ll forget it’s losing an ever-diminishing transistor war against AMD.
But Intel’s prospects are more interesting as we look ahead to 2024, when the company expects to finalize the design of its first chips with transistors smaller than 1 nanometer. Instead, they will be measured by angstroms. The Intel 20A node will be powered by new RibbonFET transistors, the company’s first new architecture since the arrival of FinFET 2011. It will be connected to PowerVia, a technology that can shift power delivery to the back of the chip board, making signal transmission more efficient. .
“Building on Intel’s unquestionable leadership in advanced packaging, we’re accelerating our innovation roadmap to ensure we’re on a clear path to performance performance by 2025,” new Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger (above) said during today’s Intel Accelerated live broadcast. “We are using our unparalleled innovation pipeline to deliver technological advances from the transistor to the system level. Until the periodic table is exhausted, we will be relentless in our search for Moore’s Law and the path to innovation with silicon magic. “
Before reaching the angstrom era of chips, the company also plans to release a processor with an “Intel 3” node in 2023. You can consider it a super-powerful version of its 7nm architecture, with about an 18 percent improvement in Watt power performance over Intel 4. It will probably fill the time gap between Rocket Lake 2023 chips and Intel 20A 2024 products. Intel also dares to call its shot 2024: also running on an “Intel 18A” node this will further enhance its RibbonFET design.
If anything else, today’s announcements show that Intel is trying to move beyond the 10nm and 7nm delays that have been looking for it for years. And, as we claimed earlier, it is in the end a good thing for the tech industry if Intel can finally lay its foundations. $An investment of 20 billion in two factories based in Arizona it was a clear sign that Gelsinger wanted to bring the company to new territory. But now that a new timeline has been set, there will be even more pressure to keep Intel from letting things fall apart again.
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