Since mid-2018, Intel has been struggling to deliver a sufficient number of processors to the market. Unfortunately, as reported by Tom's Hardware, this situation will continue for at least a few more months. During a conference call, the company's CEO Robert Swan admitted that despite huge investments in the 14nm manufacturing process ($1.5 billion), CPU shortages could last until the third quarter of this year. The company is determined not to make the same mistakes in the future.
“Our supply constraints have had a disruptive impact on our customers and ecosystem. We've committed never again to be a constraint on our customers' growth. We've increased capacity to improve our position in the second half, although product mix will continue to be a challenge in the third quarter as our teams align available supply with customer demand.”
It is worth recalling that Intel is currently also developing a 10nm manufacturing process - the first processors dedicated to desktops should theoretically hit the market at the end of this year. Unfortunately, recent leaks indicate that this can only be wishful thinking on the part of the company. In the coming years, it will continue to depend on 14nm lithography to produce Comet Lake-S (2020) and Rocket Lake-S (2021). The 10nm jump will probably take place in three years, with the launch of the Ocean Cove family of processors.
Shortage of supply is a big problem for Intel, leading to overpricing of the company's CPU. The fact that the situation will continue throughout the summer is certainly not a good news - it is worth reminding that at that time, the market will see the next generation of AMD processors.
- Intel - official website