The chip manufacturer Intel said it produced twice as many Tiger Lake processors in the first quarter of 2020 as Ice Lake models in the same quarter of the previous year. Intel's chief financial officer George Davis said: "I think that shows you how much we've improved the 10 nm process." The demand for the chips is high, according to Intel, there are already more than 50 instead of just 35 design wins (devices from partners), which are due to appear before Christmas 2020.
In recent years, Intel has struggled to get 10 nm manufacturing up and running. The first generation, Cannon Lake, did not make it to the market, Intel needed a lot of lead time for Ice Lake. The Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat, Israel, took months to finalize a wafer. Intel therefore had to collect chips for around a year so that sales could start in late summer 2019 with sufficient capacity.
The poor 10 nm production to date has relatively little influence on the quarterly figures (PDF): Intel reported sales of $ 19.828 billion instead of $ 16.061 billion in the first quarter of 2020 and a profit of $ 7.038 billion instead of $ 4.174 billion compared to the previous year. The consumer segment grew from $ 8.586 billion to $ 9.775 billion, profit increased from $ 3.072 billion to $ 4.225 billion. The server division had revenues of $ 6.993 instead of $ 4.902 billion and a profit of $ 3,492 instead of $ 1.841 billion. The storage division grew from $ 915 million to $ 1.338 billion and made less loss.
In the next few weeks, Intel will release the Comet Lake S (14 nm) for desktop PCs. The top model is the Core i9-10900K with ten cores. According to CEO Bob Swan, Intel increased manufacturing capacity and plans to add another 25 percent in 2020. The predecessors, the Core i9-9900K (test) and the Core i7-8700K (test), were poorly available at the start.