Intel’s 10th generation mobile CPUs have been in the market for some time, with the main highlight being their 10nm fabrication process. Intel has had some trouble meeting their timeline for sub-14nm chips, but with 10th gen, the company finally seemed to have the process locked down. In the time since the announcement of 10th gen CPUs for laptop, Intel has announced new desktop SKUs, but there’s no announcement of a 10nm-based desktop chip. Now we’re getting to hear of rumours that Intel may entirely skip the 10nm desktop processors.
German PC Hardware website Hardwareluxx reports that a credible source has informed them about Intel’s plans on entirely skipping the 10nm fabrication for desktop processors. Instead, the publication says, Intel will straight away offer 7nm chips by the year 2022. However, in a response to WCCFTech, Intel has refuted the claims, stating that, “We continue to make great progress on 10nm, and our current roadmap of 10nm products includes desktop.”
During a recent meeting with Intel executives, we asked why Intel’s 10th gen desktop CPUs were nowhere to be found. The answer simply came down to the fact that 10nm processor design for laptops is just not the same as 10nm design for desktop CPUs. They neither gave us any more details, nor elaborated on what exactly was keeping Intel from announcing 10nm desktop processors.
Intel’s current generation desktop processors (9th gen) including the new Xeon W and the Extreme series processors that were recently announced are all fabricated with a 14nm node. AMD on the other hand, has already achieved 7nm manufacturing for its third generation Ryzen processors, which are available in the market already.