The prior expectation had been that Intel’s first 14nm chip called Broadwell would be sold in Q3.
Intel’s first 14nm first mobile processor called Cherry Trail will not now hit the streets until 2015.
Which means the ARM camp may well get the jump on Intel in process leadership.
Asked when he thought the first 16nm finfet ARM implementations will hit the market, Pete Hutton, evp and president of ARM’s product group, says:,“We’re squinting at this year.”
With TSMC already in volume production on planar 20nm and, according to Hutton, possibly starting production on 16nm finfet in Q4, Intel can no longer claim a process advantage in mobile processes.
Intel’s 14nm delay must be worrying Altera which had been promised access to the process this year.
Rumours have persisted lately that Altera is talking to TSMC about ditching Intel as a prospective foundry and returning to its old foundry partner – TSMC.