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Intel announced in its second quarter 2020 earnings release that it expects to ship its 7nm process products about six months later than planned.
To recap, in semiconductors, the process refers to the width of a circuit, with smaller numbers resulting in smaller and more integrated circuits. Smaller processes can also be expected to save power and improve power efficiency vs. performance.
In a press release, Intel attributed the delay in the development and shipment of its 7nm process products to "poor yields". The company did not provide any further details, however, stating that it will focus on expanding its 10nm products at this time.
Meanwhile, Intel's rival AMD and GPU chip maker Nvidia have already moved to the 7nm process. This is due to the fact that TSMC, which is responsible for manufacturing the chips for both companies, is ahead of Intel in process technology development.
In addition, Tom's Hardware's phone interview reports that Intel CEO Bob Swan said the company is also looking to place orders with third-party foundries like TSMC.
While mainly talking about mobile products, TSMC is also reportedly moving ahead of 7nm to 5nm and 3nm processes. Unless Intel takes bold measures, it's going to be difficult to close that gap in the near future.
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