The new Intel CPU roadmap 2018-19 was shown at the Data-Centric Innovation Summit in Santa Clara and Intel talked about the upcoming Cascade Lake, Cooper Lake-SP and Intel Ice Lake-SP platforms. that are going to be coming out later this year, in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
It is interesting to note that the Intel Ice Lake server CPUs will not be coming out next year even though Intel has already announced that the consumer chips will be on the shelves by the second half of 2019. Instead, Intel Cooper Lake CPUs will be released for the server market and something worth noting is that these chips are also based on the 14nm process.
Taking a look at the competition. AMD has announced that the 7nm based chips will be sampled later this year and that they will be released in 2019. Which node is better? That is debatable but we all can agree on the fact that the delay in the 10nm process and the back to back delays have set back Intel pretty bad.
Intel did mention that the Cascade Lake CPUs will be able to deliver double the performance when it came to AI thanks to Deep Learning Boost but as of right now, that is just talk. We need to see some numbers and tests in order to believe it and after the 28 core demo, I have little faith in first party demos.
Intel Ice Lake server CPUs could deliver even better performance provided that what Intel claims is true. To figure that out, we will just have to wait and see. The Cascade Lake chips are due later this year and the Cooper Lake CPUs fill follow. It is safe to say that at this point, we are only interested in what the 10nm chips have to offer and when they are coming out.
We are still not sure whether the 10nm process is on track or not, it has been delayed multiple times in the past and it could be delayed again. Intel needs to push if it wants to stay toe to toe with AMD. To think that AMD was not even a threat a year from now.