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Intel Confirms 10nm CPUs For Late 2019, New 14nm Products Expected in 2018 and 2019 – Will Deliver New Desktop Core-X, Core-S and HEDT Cascade Lake-X 28 Core Processors


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.

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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.

Venkata SM Renduchintala @ Intel Via Seeking Alpha

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.

Bob Swan Interim CEO @ Intel Via Seeking Alpha

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 NameProcessCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockCacheTDPPrice
Core i9-9900KS14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz (8 Cores)16 MB127W$513 US
Core i9-9900K14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i9-9900KF14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i7-9700K14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz12 MB95W$374 US
Core i7-9700KF14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz 12 MB95W$374 US
Core i5-9600K14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-9600KF14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-960014nm++6 / 63.1 GHz4.5 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-950014nm++6 / 63.0 GHz4.3 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-940014nm++6 / 62.9 GHz4.1 GHz9 MB65W$182
Core i5-9400T14nm++6 / 61.8 GHz3.4 GHz9 MB35WTBD
Core i3-9350KF14nm++4/44.0 GHz4.6 GHz8 MB91WTBD
Core i3-910014nm++4 / 4TBD4.2 GHz6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-900014nm++4 / 43.7 GHzN/A6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-9000T14nm++4 / 43.2 GHzN/A6 MB35WTBD
Gregory Bryant gives the audience a look at PCs running a 28-core single socket processor that delivers unprecedented levels of single and multi-threaded capacity. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

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.

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Intel HEDT Processor Families:

Intel HEDT FamilyGulftownSandy Bridge-EIvy Bridge-EHaswell-EBroadwell-ESkylake-XSkylake-XSkylake-XCascade Lake-X
Process Node32nm32nm22nm22nm14nm14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm++
Flagship SKUCore i7-980XCore i7-3960XCore i7-4960XCore i7-5960XCore i7-6950XCore i9-7980XECore i9-9980XEXeon W-3175XCore i9-10980XE
Max Cores/Threads6/126/126/128/1610/2018/3618/3628/5618/36
Clock Speeds3.33/3,60 GHz3.30/3.90 GHz3.60/4.00 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz2.60/4.20 GHz3.00/4.50 GHz3.10/4.30 GHz3.00 / 4.80 GHz
Max Cache12 MB L315 MB L315 MB L320 MB L325 MB L324.75 MB L324.75 MB L338.5 MB L324.75 MB L3
Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU)32 Gen240 Gen240 Gen340 Gen340 Gen344 Gen344 Gen344 Gen344 Gen3
Chipset CompatiblityX58 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX299X299C612EX299
Socket CompatiblityLGA 1366LGA 2011LGA 2011LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 3647LGA 2066
Memory CompatiblityDDR3-1066DDR3-1600DDR3-1866DDR4-2133DDR4-2400DDR4-2666DDR4-2800DDR4-2666DDR4-2933
Max TDP130W130W130W140W140W165W165W255W165W
LaunchQ1 2010Q4 2011Q3 2013Q3 2014Q2 2016Q3 2017Q4 2018Q4 2018Q4 2019
Launch Price$999 US$999 US$999 US$1059 US$1700 US$1999 US$1979 US~$4000 US$979 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.

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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:

Family BrandingSkylake-SPCascade Lake-SP/APCooper Lake-SPIce Lake-SPSapphire RapidsGranite Rapids
Process Node14nm+14nm++14nm++10nm+10nm++7nm+?
Platform NameIntel PurleyIntel PurleyIntel Cedar IslandIntel WhitleyIntel Eagle StreamIntel Eagle Stream
MCP (Multi-Chip Package) SKUsNoYesNoYesTBDTBD
SocketLGA 3647LGA 3647
BGA 5903
LGA 4189LGA 4189LGA 4677LGA 4677
Max Core CountUp To 28Up To 28
Up To 48
Max Thread CountUp To 56Up To 56
Up To 96
Max L3 Cache38.5 MB L338.5 MB L3
66 MB L3
38.5 MB L3TBA (1.5 MB Per Core)TBDTBD
Memory SupportDDR4-2666 6-ChannelDDR4-2933 6-Channel
DDR4 2933 12-Channel
Up To 6-Channel DDR4-3200Up To 8-Channel DDR4-32008-Channel DDR58-Channel DDR5
PCIe Gen SupportPCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes)PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes)PCIe 3.0 (48 Lanes)PCIe 4.0 (64 Lanes)PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0
TDP Range140W-205W165W-205W150W-250W~250W-~300WTBDTBD
3D Xpoint Optane DIMMN/AApache PassBarlow PassBarlow PassCrow PassDonahue Pass
CompetitionAMD EPYC Naples 14nmAMD EPYC Rome 7nmAMD EPYC Rome 7nmAMD EPYC Milan 7nm+AMD EPYC Genoa ~5nmAMD Next-Gen EPYC (Post Genoa)
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