Intel Changes Naming on Manufacturing Technologies

Having problems in semiconductor production recently, Intel plans to switch to 20A transistor architecture in 2024.

As you know, Intel manufactures semiconductors in its own factories and produces its own processors. We even know that the blue team has serious problems in the 10nm and 7nm processes. Now they have decided to make some new denominations in their production technologies.

The names of 2 production techniques previously announced by the technology giant have been changed, and a new roadmap for 2023-2024 has also been announced. 10nm Enhanced SuperFin will henceforth be called Intel 7. Intel states that this technique shows a 10% to 15% performance increase per watt over 10nm SuperFin. Let’s also add that this product will be used for Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids.

As for the Intel 4 nomenclature, this name will now be used for 7nm production. The semiconductor manufacturer says it will use EUV (extreme ultraviolet lithography) lithography here, offering a 20% performance increase per watt over Intel 7. The first chips to take advantage of Intel 4 enhancements will be called Meteor Lake and Granite Rapids. The blue team is also likely to introduce Intel 3 technology in the second half of 2023. Here, an 18% increase in performance per watt is expected.

Going further, 20A production will provide innovations from the first half of 2024. The suffix A stands for angstrom, which is 0.1 metric units of nanometer size. Thus, a new transistor architecture known as RibbonFET and PowerVia innovation will be used for transistor interconnections. On the other hand, we will probably use this nomenclature instead of the name “2nm”. However, we do not know in which Intel products Intel will use this advanced technology.

In fact, Intel is battling not only AMD, but also giants like NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Apple. For this reason, they need to overcome the problems they encounter in semiconductor production. So much so that if we look at the new developments, things are going well on the Intel side and we see a comprehensive roadmap.


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