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The first Intel 10nm chips could land as early as end 2017

Intel's 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs could debut by the end of 2017. (Source: Liliputing)
Intel's 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs could debut by the end of 2017. (Source: Liliputing)
Intel's 10nm 'Cannon Lake' chips could land as soon as 2017-end, albeit in small volumes. The new chips, which will still be part of the 8th generation, are expected to go in full production by H1 2018 for a broad availability by H2 2018.

At Intel's recent earnings call, the company's CEO Brian Krzanich said that Intel is readying to ship the first 10nm chips in low volume by the end of this year with high production volumes and availability during H2 2018. The chips will be part of the 'Cannon Lake' family and not surprisingly, they will still be part of the 8th generation, which will now be a mishmash of 'Kaby Lake-R' for notebooks, 'Coffee Lake' for desktops, and the new 10nm 'Cannon Lake' chips.

For quite sometime, Intel's 10nm plans have been a pipedream. There were earlier reports that Intel's 10nm chips would not see the light until Q2 2018. This had cast a doubt on Intel's ability to lead the die race given that smartphone SoC makers have been already been hitting the 10nm mark. Last month, Intel showed off a 10nm 'Cannon Lake' wafer much to the delight of everyone and promised that the 10nm family will comprise of a triplet of CPUs featuring 10nm, 10nm+, and 10nm++ processes. At that time, there was no ETA offered with respect to the actual availability of these chips.

Although the first 'Cannon Lake' chips could land by end of 2017, users might have to inevitably wait till mid-2018 before they can purchase a 'Cannon Lake' CPU off the shelves. Intel's 'Coffee Lake' is just making its way into mainstream desktops and high-end gaming laptops, and cannibalization of 'Coffee Lake' sales due to 'Cannon Lake' would be the least of Intel's interest. Also, producing 10nm chips is not a trivial task and it will take some time before any teething issues are sorted out and enough production volumes are achieved.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-10-29 (Update: 2017-10-29)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.