For a long time, Intel had to extend the cycle of its engraving in 10 nm and stretch its ranges of processors using this engraving for lack of being able to switch to a nm technique whose development has turned out to be devious.
This time was put to good use by AMD , the other big processor manufacturer x 86 of the market, to highlight its Ryzen (general public) and Epyc (servers) processors which have experienced a surge in their market share as never seen before
Using TSMC’s 7nm engraving techniques and chiplet organizations, fine-tuning its Zen architectures bringing real leaps in performance with each generation, AMD has perfectly exploited the field left more or less free.
The return of Intel
But this window of freedom will close, now warns Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel. The Santa Clara firm is back on the scene now that the engraving in nm is on the rails (soon followed by that in 7 nm) and with innovative proposals.
The new generation of processors Alder Lake engraved in nm uses a hybrid architecture made powerful and economical cores which will allow performance to be modulated according to needs with configurations up to 14 cores / 24 threads.
Depending on the version, the platform will be able to support the new DDR5 RAM and the PCIe Gen 5 interface, this which AMD processors do not yet support.
On the server side, Intel will be able to deploy Xeon Scalable processors with Sapphire Rapids platform engraved in 10 nm start 2022 with the good hopes of stopping the rise of AMD in this area.
“ And yes, AMD has done a big job over the past couple of years. We’re not going to belittle the good work they’ve done , but it’s over with Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids , “Pat Gelsinger said.