Intel is preparing to launch the mass production of chips engraved according to its new “Intel 4” node, mentioned for a little over a year. However, this new process is limited to engraving in 7 nm… and not in 4 nm as its name might imply.
Intel knows how to take its burning processes to the core, but it also knows how to step up a gear when the time comes. After having capitalized for years on the 14 nm process (refined many times) then on 10 nm engraving (used since 2019), the brand is now preparing to move on with its node “Intel 4”. Based on a fineness of engraving in 7 nm (and not in 4 nm), the latter should soon be exploited on a large scale.
According to information from DigiTimes, quoted by WCCFTech, Intel is indeed preparing to launch mass production of processors engraved using this new process with a relatively misleading name. Recently, at the IEEE VLSI Symposium, Intel promised that it would soon switch to ” production of a reduced size node to significantly impact the market. Obviously, we are approaching it, the second half of 2022 being now mentioned by DigiTimes.
More performance with equal consumption
According to Intel, switching to this new fineness will allow about 20% more performance at the same consumption, and up to 40% more performance at the same frequency. The use of extreme ultraviolet lithography, a first for Intel, would indeed allow the firm to purely and simply double the density of transistors on its future chips.
Still according to DigiTimes, Intel would waste no time and would quickly follow up with the introduction of its “Intel 3” node from the second half of 2023. The latter would offer 18% more performance compared to the “Intel 4 expected in the coming months.
Finally, note that Intel will initially use its “Intel 4” process for its 14th generation “Meteor Lake” Core processors. Dedicated to the general public, this range will be the first at Intel to use chiplets on a large scale, but also the “Foveros” 3D stacking technology. While waiting to be able to take advantage of it, the firm will make us wait with its future “Raptor Lake” range: a less ambitious evolution of the current “Alder Lake” chips.
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