soon the engraving in 8 nm, Intel and AMD threatened?

soon the engraving in 8 nm, Intel and AMD threatened?

After mastering 10nm engraving, which has enabled SoCs to gain both in performance and in energy savings, Samsung is announcing an upcoming switch from its manufacturing processes to 8nm. An astonishing situation which confirms the advance of the Korean giant over the American founder Intel and all the founders in general.


As a reminder, the finer the engraving, the more the density of transistors increases and the less the heat released, while maintaining a lower electrical consumption. All of which make the engraving technology used by chip manufacturers a key element in the field of mobile devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops …

Qualcomm Windows 10

The best news in this announcement is that this transition to 8nm is a simple evolution of the processes already operated by Samsung. The rocker can therefore be done very quickly and at a very low cost. And that could serve Qualcomm as early as next year with the successor to the SnapDragon 835.

The gap is widening a little more between the technologies deployed on mobile processors and those intended for the PC universe, which remain, let us remember, with 14nm ++ engraving at Intel, the brand having announced 10nm engraving for the Cannon Lake generation next year.

The comparison may seem surprising, and yet it takes on its full meaning in the aftermath of announcements made by Qualcomm concerning the partnership formed with Microsoft on the theme of Windows 10 ARM. We know that the latest OS from Microsoft should soon be compatible in a specific version with ARM processors. We should thus see the first laptops equipped with mobile chips and Windows 10 ARM by the end of the year …

These terminals will compete directly with laptops equipped with Intel mobile chips (and soon AMD Ryzen Mobiles), and could also be available in versions for office solutions …

Intel and AMD could thus be particularly threatened in their own sector by a market of which they were only very little concerned. Still, the success of Windows ARM will no doubt decide on the further investment of Qualcomm and Samsung in the PC world.