Intel has announced record earnings in the second quarter of 2018 which we have covered here. During the earnings call, Intel revealed details on their 10nm process and the related products which are now expected to be introduced in the fall of 2019. Aside from that, Intel also confirmed plans to release new 14nm products during the current and upcoming year which we will detail in this post.
Intel Announces 10nm CPUs and Systems in Holiday Season of 2019, New 14nm Products Coming Soon
Starting with 10nm, we all know about the production woes Intel is facing with this specific node and has already gone through several delays. We were expecting the first products this year but looks like Intel will now be launching 10nm CPU powered systems in the second half of 2019. The exact timeframe is mentioned around holiday season which puts it close to fall 2019 to be exact.
According to Intel, the first 10nm CPUs would go under mass production in the first half of 2019. This means that 10nm CPUs will be under High Volume Manufacturing next year. Some products may launch by the end of this year but they would still be branded under the 8th generation CPU branding due to yields being of low volume.
We continue to make progress on 10-nanometer. Yields are improving with the timelines we shared in April. And yes, you're quite right. The systems on shelves that we expect in holiday 2019.
So good progress on 10-nanometer and what we think is a very good lineup on the 14-nanometer product for next year on both client and server that we think will deliver best-in-class performance as we continue to ramp 10-nanometer.
While Intel is aiming for 10nm CPU launch on the consumer front by the end of 2019, the year will still see major products based on 14nm process node. We know that the 10nm server products are not expected till 2020 with the Ice Lake Scalable Processor family and 2019 would see Cooper Lake Scalable family serving as an intermediary solution between Cascade Lake-SP (14nm) and Ice Lake-SP (10nm). We might get to see a range of desktop or notebook aimed processor lineups available during the fall which make sense for a holiday season aimed lineup but for the workstation/server segment, 10nm is only to be expected in 2020. A recently leaked roadmap also confirms this which you can see over here.
Intel To Expand 14nm Family With New 9th Gen Mainstream Desktop, 22 Core Core-X, 28 Core Cascade Lake-X CPUs and Cascade Lake-SP/Cooper Lake-SP in 2018-2019
As for the desktop, high-end desktop and server market, 14nm is here to stay till 2019. On the mainstream front, Intel has plans to deliver a new 14nm S-series processor lineup which is going to be branded under the 9th generation family for desktop PCs. We know from leaked details that the Core i9-9900K will be the flagship processor of this lineup and would feature 8 core and 16 thread configuration which is same as AMD's current generation flagship, the Ryzen 7 2700X on the mainstream front.
Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:
|Processor Name||Process||Cores / Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||Cache||TDP||Price|
|Core i9-9900KS||14nm++||8 / 16||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz (8 Cores)||16 MB||127W||$513 US|
|Core i9-9900K||14nm++||8 / 16||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz||16 MB||95W||$488 US|
|Core i9-9900KF||14nm++||8 / 16||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz||16 MB||95W||$488 US|
|Core i7-9700K||14nm++||8 / 8||3.6 GHz||4.9 GHz||12 MB||95W||$374 US|
|Core i7-9700KF||14nm++||8 / 8||3.6 GHz||4.9 GHz||12 MB||95W||$374 US|
|Core i5-9600K||14nm++||6 / 6||3.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||9 MB||95W||$262 US|
|Core i5-9600KF||14nm++||6 / 6||3.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||9 MB||95W||$262 US|
|Core i5-9600||14nm++||6 / 6||3.1 GHz||4.5 GHz||9 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i5-9500||14nm++||6 / 6||3.0 GHz||4.3 GHz||9 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i5-9400||14nm++||6 / 6||2.9 GHz||4.1 GHz||9 MB||65W||$182|
|Core i5-9400T||14nm++||6 / 6||1.8 GHz||3.4 GHz||9 MB||35W||TBD|
|Core i3-9350KF||14nm++||4/4||4.0 GHz||4.6 GHz||8 MB||91W||TBD|
|Core i3-9100||14nm++||4 / 4||TBD||4.2 GHz||6 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i3-9000||14nm++||4 / 4||3.7 GHz||N/A||6 MB||65W||TBD|
|Core i3-9000T||14nm++||4 / 4||3.2 GHz||N/A||6 MB||35W||TBD|
On the HEDT front, Intel is going to be segmenting their Core family into high-end and ultra high-end brands. The Core-X brand would be based on the 14nm process, featuring up to 22 cores on existing X299 platform. As for the other platform, we will be looking at a top of the line processor lineup with more cores than current ones. A 28 core, 56 thread Cascade Lake-X CPU was already shown and demonstrated by Intel at Computex on the new LGA 3647 socketed platform, which comes with hexa-channel memory support. There are limited details on the CPUs themselves but we will be hearing soon when these processors launch later this year.
Intel HEDT Processor Families:
|Intel HEDT Family||Sapphire Rapids-X? (Sapphire Rapids Expert)||Alder Lake-X? (Sapphire Rapids Mainstream)||Cascade Lake-X||Skylake-X||Skylake-X||Skylake-X||Broadwell-E||Haswell-E||Ivy Bridge-E||Sandy Bridge-E||Gulftown|
|Process Node||10nm ESF||10nm ESF||14nm++||14nm+||14nm+||14nm+||14nm||22nm||22nm||32nm||32nm|
|Flagship SKU||TBA||TBA||Core i9-10980XE||Xeon W-3175X||Core i9-9980XE||Core i9-7980XE||Core i7-6950X||Core i7-5960X||Core i7-4960X||Core i7-3960X||Core i7-980X|
|Clock Speeds||~4.5 GHz||~5.0 GHz||3.00 / 4.80 GHz||3.10/4.30 GHz||3.00/4.50 GHz||2.60/4.20 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||3.60/4.00 GHz||3.30/3.90 GHz||3.33/3,60 GHz|
|Max Cache||105 MB L3||45 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||38.5 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||25 MB L3||20 MB L3||15 MB L3||15 MB L3||12 MB L3|
|Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU)||112 Gen 5||65 Gen 5||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen2||32 Gen2|
|Chipset Compatiblity||W790?||W790?||X299||C612E||X299||X299||X99 Chipset||X99 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X58 Chipset|
|Socket Compatiblity||LGA 4677?||LGA 4677?||LGA 2066||LGA 3647||LGA 2066||LGA 2066||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011||LGA 2011||LGA 1366|
|Launch||Q4 2022?||Q4 2022?||Q4 2019||Q4 2018||Q4 2018||Q3 2017||Q2 2016||Q3 2014||Q3 2013||Q4 2011||Q1 2010|
|Launch Price||TBA||TBA||$979 US||~$4000 US||$1979 US||$1999 US||$1700 US||$1059 US||$999 US||$999 US||$999 US|
As technology continues to evolve and become more data-centric, the desktop PC remains a versatile go-to platform for gamers, content creators, and prosumers. In fact, when people really need to get work done, over 80 percent turn to their PC. At Intel, we’re excited by how far the PC has come and the opportunities that lie ahead.
From the first Intel 8086 processor to the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K processor delivering up to 5 GHz, here are some innovative ways Intel delivered leading performance in desktop PCs this past year, as we look to deliver new Intel Core X-series and S-series processors and 28-core processor leadership offerings later this year. via Intel
Next up, we have the Whitely platform which will feature two Xeon Scalable Families. First one is the Cooper Lake-SP family which will be introduced at the end of 2019. The Cooper Lake CPUs will retain the 14nm process node and feature small efficiency enhancements but will be supported by a completely new platform known as Whitley which is the successor to Purley.
This will be the last Intel 14nm server family before they finally move on to the new 10nm process for servers in 2020 with Ice Lake-SP. In total, the 2018-2019 14nm roadmap from Intel would look something like the following:
- 2018 Mainstream Desktop: Coffee Lake-S 9th Generation (LGA 1151)
- 2018 HEDT Core-X Desktop: Skylake-X (LGA 2066 V2)
- 2018 Ultra HEDT Core-X Desktop: Cascade Lake-X (LGA 3647)
- 2018 Server/Workstation: Cascade Lake-SP (LGA 3647)
- 2019 Server Workstation: Cooper Lake-SP (LGA 4189)
We will be providing you with more details in the coming quarter when these products get near to their expected launch timeframe.
Intel Xeon SP Families (Preliminary):
|Family Branding||Skylake-SP||Cascade Lake-SP/AP||Cooper Lake-SP||Ice Lake-SP||Sapphire Rapids||Emerald Rapids||Granite Rapids||Diamond Rapids|
|Process Node||14nm+||14nm++||14nm++||10nm+||Intel 7||Intel 7||Intel 3||Intel 3?|
|Platform Name||Intel Purley||Intel Purley||Intel Cedar Island||Intel Whitley||Intel Eagle Stream||Intel Eagle Stream||Intel Mountain Stream|
Intel Birch Stream
|Intel Mountain Stream
Intel Birch Stream
|Core Architecture||Skylake||Cascade Lake||Cascade Lake||Sunny Cove||Golden Cove||Raptor Cove||Redwood Cove?||Lion Cove?|
|IPC Improvement (Vs Prev Gen)||10%||0%||0%||20%||19%||8%?||35%?||39%?|
|MCP (Multi-Chip Package) SKUs||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||TBD (Possibly Yes)||TBD (Possibly Yes)|
|Socket||LGA 3647||LGA 3647||LGA 4189||LGA 4189||LGA 4677||LGA 4677||TBD||TBD|
|Max Core Count||Up To 28||Up To 28||Up To 28||Up To 40||Up To 56||Up To 64?||Up To 120?||Up To 144?|
|Max Thread Count||Up To 56||Up To 56||Up To 56||Up To 80||Up To 112||Up To 128?||Up To 240?||Up To 288?|
|Max L3 Cache||38.5 MB L3||38.5 MB L3||38.5 MB L3||60 MB L3||105 MB L3||120 MB L3?||240 MB L3?||288 MB L3?|
|Memory Support||DDR4-2666 6-Channel||DDR4-2933 6-Channel||Up To 6-Channel DDR4-3200||Up To 8-Channel DDR4-3200||Up To 8-Channel DDR5-4800||Up To 8-Channel DDR5-5600?||Up To 12-Channel DDR5-6400?||Up To 12-Channel DDR6-7200?|
|PCIe Gen Support||PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes)||PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes)||PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes)||PCIe 4.0 (64 Lanes)||PCIe 5.0 (80 lanes)||PCIe 5.0 (80 Lanes)||PCIe 6.0 (128 Lanes)?||PCIe 6.0 (128 Lanes)?|
|TDP Range (PL1)||140W-205W||165W-205W||150W-250W||105-270W||Up To 350W||Up To 375W?||Up To 400W?||Up To 425W?|
|3D Xpoint Optane DIMM||N/A||Apache Pass||Barlow Pass||Barlow Pass||Crow Pass||Crow Pass?||Donahue Pass?||Donahue Pass?|
|Competition||AMD EPYC Naples 14nm||AMD EPYC Rome 7nm||AMD EPYC Rome 7nm||AMD EPYC Milan 7nm+||AMD EPYC Genoa ~5nm||AMD EPYC Bergamo||AMD EPYC Turin||AMD EPYC Venice|