Rumor: Intel to release three 10nm generations of processors

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Intel, according to rumors, is to release three generations of processors that will be fabbed on 5nm after Cannonlake and Icelake. Yesterday we already talked a bit about 5nm at TSMC. This new rumor pops up exactly at the same moment.

The third generation would be called Tigerlake and thus is indicative of a second tock in the tick-tick model. This year we will see Kaby lake based on 14nm, this is also an extra tock in the sequence. The tock basically means that Intel is not using a new production node with a smaller fabbed architecture yet sticks to the fabrication process. Last week during the quarterly results announcements the company strangle enough stated that it strives to get back to that tick-tock model. If Cannonlake appears in the 2nd half of 2017 and Icecake would surface a year later then Tigerlake should surface in the 2nd half of 2019 with the first 7nm chips in 2020. 

For 5nm we'll probably see a new technology used, EUV-technology. EUV is Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) and is a next-generation lithography technology using an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelength, currently expected to be 13.5 nm. EUV is currently targeted for possible future use below 15 nm resolution after the 7 nm node, in 2018–19. The primary EUV tool maker, ASML, projects EUV at 5 nm node to require a higher numerical aperture than currently available and multiple patterning to a greater degree than immersion lithography at 20 nm node. It was first targeted for 100 nm conventional patterning.

MicroarchitectureCPU seriesTick or TockFab nodeYear Released
Presler/Cedar Mill Pentium 4 / D Tick 65 nm 2006
Conroe/Merom Core 2 Duo/Quad Tock 65 nm 2006
Penryn Core 2 Duo/Quad Tick 45 nm 2007
Nehalem Core i Tock 45 nm 2008
Westmere Core i Tick 32 nm 2010
Sandy Bridge Core i 2xxx Tock 32 nm 2011
Ivy Bridge Core i 3xxx Tick 22 nm 2012
Haswell Core i 4xxx Tock 22 nm 2013
Broadwell Core i 5xxx Tick 14 nm 2014 & 2015 for desktops
Skylake Core i 6xxx Tock 14 nm 2015
Kaby lake  Core i 7xxx Tock 14 nm 2016
Cannonlake Core i 8xxx? Tick 10 nm 2017
Icecake Core i 8xxx? Tock 10 nm 2018
Tigerlake Core i 9xxx? Tock 10 nm 2019
N/A N/A Tick 5 nm 2020

These names though .. will we ever see cupcake ?

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