Although rumors earlier suggested that consumers might get their hands on the laptops powered by Intel’s 10-nm processors by the end of the year, recent reports have hinted that Intel’s first on the 10-nanometer production process may go to next year rather than later this year.
During an Intel manufacturing event earlier this week, Venkata Renduchintala, president of Intel’s PC, IoT, and chip design businesses said, “In terms of first shipments, whether it’s before the end of the year, or just after the beginning of [next] year, it’s too close to call.”
Interestingly, the first round of Cannonlake chips will be targeted towards the lower end laptops as they will be slower than the 14-nm 8th Generation Core processors as the 10-nm chips are likely to catch-up in one or two years. As the upcoming processors are likely to beat low power Kaby Lake processors, Cannonlake is expected to replace lower end of laptops in the market. Moreover, as later this year Qualcomm’s ARM-based Snapdragon 835 is expected to be introduced for the Windows-10 laptops, Cannonlake processors are likely to compete with the Snapdragon and AMD’s Zen based processors.
Since the sales figures in the PC market is going down at a steady rate over last few years, this move isn’t surprising although Intel in recent years had first upgraded PC chips to new architectures. It will be worthwhile to see how Intel decides to release the upcoming chips as Renduchintala said, “I don’t necessarily think our Core generations are going to be synchronized necessarily with process node evolutions that may happen or may not happen.”