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Intel Moves Xeons to The Moore’s Law Leading Edge

In the wake of the Technology and Manufacturing Day event that Intel hosted last month, we were pondering this week about what effect the tick-tock-clock method of advancing chip designs and manufacturing processes might have on the Xeon server chip line from Intel, and we suggested that it might close the gaps between the Core client chips and the Xeons. It turns out that Intel is not only going to close the gaps, but reverse them and put the Xeons on the leading edge. To be precise, Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief financial officer, and Robert Swan, the company’s chief financial officer, said on a call with Wall Street analysts going over the first quarter 2017 numbers that Data Center Group would be a fast follower on 10 nanometer process node and would come out ahead of the client chips with the 7 nanometer node. This represents anywhere from a two year to two and a half year acceleration of the Xeon processor roadmap in terms of historical trends, as we discussed in that related story that we did earlier in the week about mapping the Xeon chips to the new tick-tock-clock method. The immediate impact, as Intel explained to Wall Street, is that the development and ramping costs for 10 nanometer and 7 nanometer processes are being more heavily allocated to Data Center Group and not being put as a heavier burden on the Client Computing Group that makes chips for desktops and laptops, which has historically had a lead of anywhere from 18 to 24 months on Xeons in getting a process. Learn more at

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