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Rumor: Intel's third 10nm CPU may be known as Tigerlake

By Wong Chung Wee - on 25 Jan 2016, 4:22pm

Rumor: Intel's third 10nm CPU may be known as Tigerlake

The 6th generation Skylake Intel Core desktop CPU die shot. (Image source: Intel)

According to The Motley Fool, Intel is planning to name its third, 10nm processor series as Tigerlake. This third addition to the 10nm family will allegedly join Icelake and Cannonlake in 2017. In its report, the financial website also reiterated the release schedule of 10nm processors; Cannonlake, and its successor, Icelake, and with this rumored latest addition of Tigerlake will bring the family to a total of three.

Intel claims its 14nm technology as true-to-form, due to the higher density due to its strict chip design rules and 2nd gen 3D Tri-gate transistors.  (Image source: Intel)

If the timeline estimation of The Motley Fool’s report is on track, we will see the Cannonlake launch in the second half of 2017. Cannonlake represents the tick cycle, i.e., the new manufacturing technology of 10nm scale, and Icelake will occupy the tock cycle with a new microarchitecture. However, Tigerlake, as the latest rumored addition to the 10nm family, cannot be classified under the new tick cycle as it shares the same scale on the fabrication process. This underscores the difficulty Intel faces in keeping up with its traditional two-product, tick tock cycle that occurs approximately every two years. This may already be the case with the impending launch of the new “Skylake Refresh” platform that is codenamed “Kaby Lake”. In terms of being the first to mass produce 10nm processors, it may be a neck-to-neck race between Intel and TSMC. However, other foundries like Samsung are also in contention.

(Source: The Motley Fool via PC Perspectives)

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