During the announcement of its second-quarter results, Intel said: "The company's 7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations. The primary driver is the yield of Intel's 7nm process which, based on recent data, is now trending approximately 12 months behind the company's internal target."
This would mean that it could be 2023 by the time Intel starts producing 7nm-based CPUs. Only two companies — Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company — produce them at the moment.
Intel has dominated the processor sector for decades but is now beginning to feel pressure from AMD. The latter is already using 7nm-based CPUs and by the time Intel catches up, AMD may already have moved to 5nm-based Ryzen 6000 processors based on Zen 4 architecture.
Swan said Intel's data centre GPU design, “Ponte Vecchio”, would now be released in late 2021 or early 2022 using external and internal process technologies combined with Intel's packaging technologies.
"We now expect to see initial production shipments of our first Intel-based 7nm product, a client CPU in late 2022 or early 2023," he said. "We are also focused on maintaining an annual cadence of significant product improvements independent of our process roadmap, including the holiday refresh window of 2022.
"In addition, we expect to see initial production shipments of our first Intel-based 7nm data centre CPU design in the first half of 2023."