Intel has been talking about an innovative product since last year. The company stated back then that it will back away from the Tick-Tock Model that served it good for almost ten years. Instead, it is going to have a three-step system, namely PAO which is Process, Architecture, and Optimization. As of recently, Intel confirmed that the expected product is going to stick to the 14nm manufacturing process.
During this past week, Intel took advantage of its annual event of Investors Day to make a great announcement. The technology company is going to release the eight generation of Core Chips. The date is not officially released, but it is going to be sometime in the second half of 2017, which is sooner than previously thought.
The expected product will be created based on an improved version of the 14nm process, and it will function on the Coffee Lake technology. Based on several revealed specs, some specialists estimate that the new chip will be 15% more effective than its last generations. This performance could have been better if the new chip was designed differently than its successors such as Skylake, Broadwell or Kaby Lake that used the same 14 nm technology.
The performance decision comes as a surprise to most people that are interested in core chips. The fact that its competition is preparing to take a huge leap toward the future of chipsets while Intel is halting might make it lose its leading title. For instance, AMD is already working on its Ryzen chip amid a huge wave of demand for professional gaming gear. Thus, some specialists saw the only way for Intel to resist the fierceness of its competition was to leave behind its 14 nm asset, be it even an improved version, and turn to a stronger 10 nm chip.
However, this direction might prove to be a smart strategy in the end. The fact that Intel invested so much time and efforts in the 14 nm technology allowed it to bring unbeatable features. To reach this level of proficiency, its competition will need to develop their future 10 nm technology even further than the announced products. At this point, Intel is of the opinion that it is wiser to stick with process nodes improved over several generations than to rush into investing into new ones.
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