Rivaling chipmakers Samsung and Qualcomm both had a headstart over Intel in the 10nm chipset game. The Korean phone maker has recently launched its latest 10nm Exynos 8895 chipset along with the Samsung Galaxy S8 while Qualcomm is already set to power most 2017 flagship devices with its own Snapdragon 835 SoC in several regions. However, just because Intel’s product has not been released yet doesn’t mean it won’t do a better job than the two.
In fact, the company is already bragging that the next Intel 10nm chips will be “a full generation ahead” than its rivals. All these will be possible, thanks to the “hyper scaling” technology, which Ubergizmo notes allowed Intel to incorporate twice as many transistors in the same space as other 10nm chipsets.
According to the company’s press release, its upcoming Cannon Lake chips will deliver up to 25 percent performance and 45 percent power efficiency improvement compared to the existing Kaby Lake processors when they hit the shelves by the end of this year. What’s more is that the “enhanced version of the 10nm process” called 10++ will boost performance further by an additional 15 percent, and decrease power consumption by another 30 percent.
The chipmaker further points out that even though the chip trace sizes will stay the same, the Intel 10nm chips will have better feature density and twice as many transistors found in Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor. VentureBeat notes that the company still runs its business on Moore’s Law, Intel chairman emeritus Gordon Moore’s forecast back in 1965 that the number of transistors on a chip will double every couple of years.
“People have been saying that Moore’s Law is dead for years, and the industry has always proved them wrong,” Dan Hutcheson, chip analyst and CEO at VLSI Research, said.
By producing smaller die sizes, Intel can put more transistors in the same space, eventually making the chip faster. The company says it also makes it 30 percent cheaper as it requires less material. This means as the chips get smaller, it becomes faster and cheaper at the same time. In the 10nm chip’s case, Intel says it’ll cost 30 percent less than its rivals such as Global Foundries, TSMC, and Samsung.
The claims seem promising. However, it’s worth noting that the Intel Cannon Lake chips won’t launch until the first half of 2018, giving both Samsung and Qualcomm enough time to enhance their already existing 10nm chipsets and technologies. In fact, TSMC and the Galaxy phone maker are already both working on 7nm technology, which may hit the shelves in 2018. This leaves Intel one step behind the game once more.