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Intel says 10nm chips still on track, despite report they’re canceled

Intel says 10nm chips still on track, despite report they’re canceled


Intel’s new chips are supposed to launch in 2019

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Intel has been struggling to mass produce its next-generation 10nm Cannon Lake processors. Dubbed Cannon Lake, the 10nm chips were originally supposed to appear in 2016. Delays have hit the process of creating these chips, and Intel revealed earlier this year that the processors should start shipping in 2019. SemiAccurate reported earlier today that Intel has killed off work on its 10nm processors, citing internal sources.

While the SemiAccurate report claims Intel’s 10nm aren’t financially viable, Intel has refuted the claims. “Media reports published today that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are untrue,” says an Intel spokesperson. “We are making good progress on 10nm. Yields are improving consistent with the timeline we shared during our last earnings report.”

Intel’s last earnings report revealed the company’s 10nm chips should arrive at some point in 2019. The delays come as reports suggest Apple is considering replacing Intel’s processors with the company’s own chips in Mac computers as soon as 2020. Intel also reportedly convinced Microsoft not to choose ARM for its Surface Go earlier this year. Intel has had a fairly turbulent year thanks to the Meltdown and Spectre security scare and Brian Krzanich’s surprise departure as CEO. Intel now faces a fight for its future as competitors continue to fight against the company’s market dominance.