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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  • Korguz - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    Deicidium369 post proof of your BS personal pro intel opinions
  • TristanSDX - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    lol, still accelerating 10nm ramp
  • Great_Scott - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    So they designed a new 10mn core but they can't produce many 10mn chips? How is this going to work?

    I call it now, <insert codename here> 14mm variant with the same 11th-generation tag will come out at the same time...
  • mode_13h - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Uh, Comet Lake is 14 nm and it's to be followed by Rocket Lake. So, that could certainly ship for mobile, as Comet Lake did.

    So, you're not wrong, but also not really going out on a limb, either. Certainly *could* happen.
  • yeeeeman - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Mobile will move entirely to 10nm. There will also be a 45w h series 8 core tigerlake cpu at some point.
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    That would be fore the NUC11 most likely or NUC12
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Rocket Lake on laptops is called Tiger Lake.
  • Deicidium369 - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    Uh 10nm has been shipping in volume since Last May/June. the 10nm+ process is well ramped up and Tiger Lake / Ice Lake Xeons, Agilex FPGAs. etc - quite a lot of 10nm shipping and plenty of 10nm+ capacity.

    You can call it whatever you want - Tiger Lake is Gen 11. Rocket Lake S - even though on 14nm - it is Tiger Lake under the hood - also Gen 11.

    Gen has nothing to do with lithography.
  • Spunjji - Monday, April 27, 2020 - link

    "In volume" is one of those terms that seems to be increasingly open to interpretation. It's certainly not at the volumes traditionally expected of Intel.
  • drothgery - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - link

    It hasn't shipped in high enough volumes to let Intel give up on 14nm respins even just in mobile. But there are still a pretty huge number of them out there, or you wouldn't be able to get Ice Lake chips in sub-$1K laptops now (rather than just expensive premium models like my XPS 2-in-1) and it wouldn't be in fairly high-volume laptops like Apple's newest.

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