In what has now become the norm for almost all recent Intel launches, the upcoming 10nm Cannon Lake processors have been delayed till the late second half of next year, most likely during the holiday season.
PC builders will have to make do with Coffee Lake for the time being.
The official reason given for the delay include “yield issues”, which is not uncommon if you’ve known Intel for some time. The chips were initially set to launch in late 2017, but despite the recent launch of a Core i3 processor, mass production has been pushed back to next year, without a release date.
Just One Cannonlake Laptop
There is only a solitary machine with Cannon Lake that you can buy right now, Lenovo’s IdeaPad 330, which comes with an inspiring i3-8121U dual-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. It is unlikely there’ll be many additions to that list any time soon.
Cannon Lake is meant to bring a major power advantage, if Intel is to be believed. It reckons that the chip will bring a 25% improvement in performance, while using half the power of the contemporary 14nm chips.
However, with shrinking die sizes, the production is also a hurdle, with “a very aggressive density improvement target beyond 14nm, almost 2.7x scaling.” The launch of the 10nm Xeon server chips will follow Cannon Lake, so that’s further wait for potential buyers.
All this plays nicely into the hands of AMD, which is expected to release its 7nm Zen 2 chips in the first half of 2019, nearly half a year before Intel launches its 10nm Cannon Lake. The move could finally bring AMD mainstream success that the Taiwanese company craves.
Via Digital Trends