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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  • soliloquist - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    Been out of the loop on chips for a little while, can I get a quick refresher, this 10+nm process is still not using EUV correct? When is Intel expected/projected to release its first chips based off EUV?
  • Edkiefer - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    `7nm, timeline 2021-22.
  • shabby - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

  • Speedfriend - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    They have said that they are on track with 7nm and we have not seen any misses yet from ASML indicating that Intel aren't taking the EUV tools needed
  • shabby - Saturday, April 25, 2020 - link

    They've been "on track" with 10nm for the last 5 years, we all know how that turned out.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    10nm started shipping a year ago, my Dell 14 2-in-1 has Ice Lake - Tiger Lake shipping to OEMs right now - Intel Agilex FPGA -10nm for over a year.

    So you need new material - that meme is dead.
  • dotjaz - Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - link

    First of all, Ice Lake started shipping 19Q4, so no, just over half a year.
    And secondly 10nm is only shipping in very limited capacity, and barely hit 4GHz, while 14++ can easily hit 5GHz+ on mobile. So NO it's still NOT ON TRACK.

    Intel's 10nm is just there for Intel to say, look, I have it. That's all. It's by no means a viable process yet.

    So jokes on you. Intel's 10nm is still just vaporware that can't even beat 14+, let alone 14++.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    They hold a stake in ASML - can bet Intel gets preferential treatment regarding deliveries.
  • Deicidium369 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    LOL all you want, kid, the shortages and issues are long behind them..
  • Santoval - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    You rather mean 2022 - 2023 (they said "Q4 2022", which is code for a slip into the next year), which means at best 2H 2023, maybe Q4 2023 in high volume - which is the only one that matters - if they're lucky. If all stars and planets just shine right above Intel they might manage a Q3 2023 HVM.

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