Along with detailing the nuts and the bolts of their Q1 2020 earnings, as part of Intel’s financial presentation, the company also offered a quick update on their upcoming Tiger Lake client CPUs. In short, the company is now preparing for volume production of the chips, and expects to being shipping them to OEMs mid-year.

Intel first unveiled Tiger Lake back at CES 2020 early this year, where the company briefly detailed the architecture while showing off a device using a prototype chip. Tiger Lake will be based on Intel’s latest Core CPU architecture, and will also be the first CPU from the company to integrate an iGPU based on their new Xe-LP graphics architecture. The chips will be based on a newer version of Intel’s 10nm manufacturing process than what’s used in the current ice Lake chips, which Intel is calling their 10+ process. At the time, Intel was promising that Tiger Lake devices would show up by the holidays, a similar time frame as 2019’s Ice Lake launch.

All told then, Intel’s most recent update is right in-line with their previous promises. With Tiger Lake being another mobile-first launch, OEMs need to receive chips well in advance of when consumer products will reach the store shelves, both to give OEMs the necessary time to finalize their designs, as well as to build up a suitable stockpile of devices for a proper retail launch. So, as it always needs to be said when talking about Intel’s timelines for manufacturing, while Tiger Lake chips will be shipping mid-year, we’re not currently expecting devices any sooner than what Intel has previously discussed.

Finally, if everything goes according to plan or Intel, it looks like the Tiger Lake launch should be a higher volume affair than Ice Lake’s. Cognizant of Ice Lake’s slow ramp-up and launch in 2019, Intel is telling investors that they are holding twice as many Tiger Lake CPUs in reserve as compared to Ice Lake. The company does need to master its updated 10+ process to get there, but with any luck, Intel’s 4+ years of playing with 10nm may finally pay some better dividends as they bring up their latest process.

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  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    Well then by comparison AMD is nothing more than a paper launch since Ryzen 1.
  • Korguz - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    still better then intels 10nm availability
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, May 23, 2020 - link

    than, not then. Intel's - the apostrophe (') indicated posession/ownership.

    Still, (commas are your friend) better than Intel's 10nm availability. (a period denotes the end of a sentence).

    Korguz still not adding anything at all to the discussion at hand. Don't worry, keep trying. I always root for someone with sub par intelligence when they try to add something to the conversation. Keep trying, little buddy! We are all rooting for you. You CAN Do It!
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    10nm has been shipping for almost a year now - you need to find a new meme other than 10nm LOL
  • trenzterra - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Hopefully it won't launch together with a Meteor Lake or something on a 14+++++ process.
  • yeeeeman - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Meteor lake is slated for 2022 and 7nm. You wanted to say rocket lake which is a desktop chip based on the same core design as tigerlake but built on 14nm.
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Know what's funny? TSMC had 16nm - made very tiny improvments and called it 14 and more small improvements and they call it 12.

    So instead of + - TSMC makes up new names to show to their customers - since Intel only makes and sells Intel - the 14+ being 12nm and the ++ being 11nm wasn't needed. If you think that the latest iteration of Intel 14nm bears any resemblance to it's first iteration - you are mistaken.

    You kiddies need to find a new meme - 10nm LOL is DEAD, and the 14++++++++++ was dead quite a while back. What else ya got?
  • Spunjji - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    This *isn't strictly correct*, though. Yes, TSMC rename processes that don't have substantial shrinks. Some of the changes Intel made to 14nm over time actually decrease density, though, and at least the first + was less of a physical process optimisation and more an optimisation of their ability to bin the resulting chips. You can fairly trivially undervolt an original quad-core mobile Skylake to run at Kaby Lake Refresh power levels.

    You keep stating one or two faces and then spinning them into this bizarre pro-Intel narrative.

    You need to get less personally upset about people making light of Intel's manufacturing woes. They're nearly over, but you're still *really* pressed about it.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    I am not personally upset or actually even care one bit about any of this. Well, yes Intel HAD issues with 10nm - not any more. Kinda the inverse of TSMC having loser node after loser node and FINALLY getting on or 2 correct (16/14/12 and their 10nm class product "7nm"

    I dont take any of this personally or care what you have to say. I wish you were a little bit more informed and could have a real discussion.
  • Averant - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    What I'd like to know is what that device he's holding is. Fascinating PCB with the prototype chip soldered on, by the looks of it.

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