Intel announced at its internal Innovation Day in Taipei that it will begin trial production of the Intel 18A from early 2024. 1.8 nanometer chips will be mass produced in 2025 for the Lunar Lake processor generation.
After many delays in switching from 14-nanometer structure width to ten nanometers (Intel 7), Intel seems to be able to keep its ambitious production plan from 2021. After the recent Raptor Lake refresh with Alder Lake, Raptor Lake and Intel 7, Meteor Lake with Intel 4 is currently in production. Intel 3 based server processors will be mass produced in 2024.
Five nodes in four years
In Taipei, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger announced that they have Early 2024 with Experimental production of Intel 18A Want to start, as to what is similar 1,8-nanometer-node are marketed (1 Å = 0.1 nm). Test wafers with Intel 18A are currently in production. However, mass production of 1.8 nanometer chips shouldn’t take place until 2025 for Lunar Lake. Before that, the Intel schedule called for Arrow Lake with the Intel 20A. This means the company will keep its promise of “five nodes in four years”. That’s what Intel wants, according to Nikkei Asia 18A production will be available to ARM processor providers in the future provide
TSMC and Samsung are also on the schedule
However, competition never sleeps. Samsung foundry saw SF2 (two nanometers) Also for 2025 Ahead, advanced two-nanometer manufacturing follows in 2026. According to TSMC, the N3P node, which will launch in 2024, should outperform Intel 20A and be able to keep up with Intel 18A. In 2025, TSMC plans to introduce the N2, which will topple the Intel 18A. The year 2025 could be particularly exciting for the chip market. Whether Samsung or Intel can beat TSMC remains to be seen. Additionally, delays in production capacity cannot yet be ruled out.
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