CHIPMAKER Intel has confirmed that its 10nm 'Cannon Lake' architecture will show up in PCs before the end of the year.
Intel had originally planned to introduce the first family of 10nm processors sometime in late 2016. However, technical challenges encountered in shrinking transistors to ever smaller scales led to the launch being delayed until 2017.
At CES in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed that the Kaby Lake successor was still on track for a release this year and showed off the first 2-in-1 PC based on the 10nm architecture.
No further specs about Cannon Lake were revealed, but expect better battery life, less power consumption, less heat, and better performance.
Krzanich was keen to point out that Moore's Law is alive and well, and that despite marking the firm's first change in process size since 2014's Broadwell chips, Cannon Lake is proof of this.
"So for those who are wondering if Moore"s Law is alive, is 10 nanometers going to be here, the answer is absolutely yes," he said, according to a report at Digital Trends. "And I believe Moore"s Law will be well beyond my career — alive and well and kicking."
The firm previously confirmed that it's is actively working on 7nm and 5nm technologies, too.
"We can see about 10 years ahead, so our research group has identified some promising options [for 7nm and 5nm] not yet fully developed, but we think we can continue Moore's Law for at least another 10 years," said Intel senior fellow Mark Bohr last year.
Intel's confirmation that its 10nm chips are coming this year arrived just hours after Qualcomm detailed its first 10nm processor, the Snapdragon 835.
The chip, which will arrive in the first half of 2017, is said to consume 25 percent less power than last year's offering despite being 35 per cent smaller, is supported by Qualcomm's octa-core Kryo 280 CPU and Hexagon 682 DSP and uses a new a Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU to power 3D graphics and much more intensive VR features. µ
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