Intel's reportedly working in a 10-core 14nm desktop processor called "Comet Lake"

Is this 14nm 10-core Intel's back-up plan?

Intel's reportedly working in a 10-core 14nm desktop processor called

Intel's reportedly working in a 10-core 14nm desktop processor called "Comet Lake"

Intel's 10nm progress has been slow, allowing competing foundries like TSMC stand at the front of the leading edge lithography market with "7nm" nodes. In many ways, Intel's 10nm nodes are considered equivalent to competing 7nm technologies, with modern "nm" making schemes acting more like marketing names than physical aspects of the node itself. 

Anyway, Intel's 10nm process has been delayed time and time again, forcing the company to abandon their tick-tock release schedule, which typically saw their CPUs release on a new process node every two generations.

This shift has forced the company's 14nm node to feature in their Broadwell, Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake and Coffee Lake Refresh series processors, covering their 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generations of desktop processors. While 14nm has evolved over this time, the node is now likely to have reached its peak efficiency, both in terms of its performance and manufacturing yields.

Intel is rumoured to be working on a 10-core 14nm desktop processor called Comet Lake, CML-S, a processor that was reportedly mentioned at a recent partner meeting.       

At this time little is known about this processor. Is it a new microarchitecture, is it 10-core Coffee-Lake? We can only guess at this time. It is also possible that this processor is a backup design, in case 10nm isn't ready in time for the release of their 10th Generation core processors. Intel's 10nm roadmaps have proven themselves to be highly untrustworthy in the past, so there is no reason why we should be certain that Intel will be ready in mid-late 2019. 

Intel's reportedly working in a 10-core 14nm desktop processor called  

Using their small LGA 1151 package for a 14nm 10-core will likely see increased thermals and higher power draw when compared to Intel's 8-core Coffee Lake designs unless Intel somehow improves their CPU's efficiency at a design/architectural level. If this rumour holds true, Intel will have created six generations of processors using the same lithography node. 

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26-11-2018, 08:44:09

Ironic that the name is an anagram of Come Late K.Quote

26-11-2018, 15:36:25

A 10-core die would mean you can get a 6-core part with 40% of core's on the die failing or 20% with an 8-core failing. If 14nm's yields are still far from perfect(They started in a pretty shocking place so even after all this time I'd say it's possible) a 10-core die would make 6 and 8 core parts more abundant. The "halo" price premium would get moved to the 10-core part allowing the 6 and 8 core parts pricing to come a little closer to reality even in the face of high demand. This is the only practical way to progress with pricing & performance without a notable node jump.

It doesn't look like we're going to get 10nm dual core mobile parts until sometime deep into next year(Technically 15W dual-core 10nm parts with no graphics have already launched but you can't really class it as a mobile part given it needs a dGPU, likely because the GPU portion is often as large or larger than the CPU portion and would have destroyed yields), so chances are we won't be seeing anything larger than 4-cores on 10nm in 2019. This basically means a mobile only launch followed by a low-end desktop launch using the same dies, as they had to do with 14nm due to its similarly troublesome birth, where the 10nm-Broadwell never made it to desktop(Instead the desktop market got another 22nm refresh with Haswell's refresh). They can't launch 10-series mobile & low-end desktop parts without some high end desktop parts to partner, which I assume is where this 10-core will come in.Quote

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