Did Intel Hit The Wall?
Intel announced that they are ditching the Tick-Tock Development for their micro processors, essentially making way for a more modest, process technology – meaning that future Intel processors will feature multiple architectures in a single family. And when I mean multiple, it is more than Two architectures per process. The news came into public when Intel announced it on their recent yearly filing, stating that, “We expect to lengthen the amount of time we will utilize our 14nm and our next generation 10nm process technologies, further optimizing our products and process technologies while meeting the yearly market cadence for product introductions.”
I don’t think Intel have hit the wall yet, as far as manufacturing process is concerned but this sheds light that Intel wants to further optimize their process, instead of going into the next big thing without maximizing the potential of the current generation CPUs. This is evident with the announcement of the Intel Kaby Lake, which is the third architecture to be released based on the same 14nm process. This never happened in the past few years, but you get where Intel is going.
Speculations on whether the limits of Moore’s Law is circulating, and we have seen a major slowdown, especially with the Kaby Lake being announced last year, but it doesn’t that Intel never saw the wall getting nearer. But then again, remember that the Nvidia Maxwell, which is based on the 28nm node, shares the same manufacturing process with the Kepler architecture and some of Fermi’s, but performance difference between them are night and day with 3 years of optimization. We could say that Intel is aiming for the same, and with AMD at bay, they’re got all the time to anticipate with the AMD Zen has to offer.