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Intel to produce most of the 7 nm CPUs releasing in 2023 on its own "fixed" nodes, some parts will still be outsourced

Intel fixes the 7 nm nodes. (Image Source: Intel)
Intel fixes the 7 nm nodes. (Image Source: Intel)
Previous rumors were reporting that Intel may start outsourcing for some 10 nm and 7 nm CPUs in the next few years, but the latest financial report suggests that the company will not rely too much on external fabs. Apparently, Intel managed to fix its 7 nm nodes and will produce most of the 2023 CPU in its own fabs, while the 10 nm nodes should become fully working this year with quadrupled supply unit growth.

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Intel’s latest stellar earnings report probably surprised no one, since these financial figures have been so disconnected from the company’s internal affairs for a few years now. Industry analysts were more interested to learn about Intel’s future plans, and the earnings call did not disappoint, delivering quite a few interesting details regarding the heavily-rumored outsourcing plans plus the state of the 7 nm nodes. In a nutshell, Intel will not rely too much on outsourced chips and is determined to continue producing most upcoming line-ups through its own fabs.

We have been hearing that the 10 nm nodes are supposed to finally become a fully working node in 2021, and Intel essentially confirmed this saying that the 10 nm supply unit growth has quadrupled and will continue to improve throughout the year, so we can possibly expect decent quantities for the Alder Lake-S CPUs scheduled to launch in 2H21.

With so many delays, the 10 nm nodes are not really of too much interest anymore for the fans, as the focus is shifting towards the 7 nm nodes that are still on track for a 2023 launch. CEO Bob Swan explained that the 7 nm delays were caused by difficulties with a sequence of steps in the production process, leading to a high rate of defects. However, these problems appear to have been fixed by rearchitecting the entire production process, which now includes simplified and streamlined nodes that should deliver the projected capacities by 2023. The soon to be instated CEO Pat Gelsinger also shared his vision regarding the 7 nm nodes. Gelsinger personally reviewed progress on the new process over the last week and now appears to be content with the “health and recovery of the 7 nm program.” The improved state of the 7 nm nodes reassures Gelsinger that most of the 2023 CPU line-ups will be produced in Intel’s own fabs, but, given the breadth of the product portfolio, Intel will need to expand its use of external foundries. Intel is still mulling over employing TSMC’s 3 nm nodes for some components.

The full 2021 outlook will be presented in the next financial report, and Pat Gelsinger is also expected to provide more details on the planned company overhaul as soon as he is instated as the new CEO.

 

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-01-22 (Update: 2021-01-22)