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Intel plans 1.4nm CPUs for 2029: equivalent to 12 silicon atoms across

Intel: 7nm in 2021, 5nm in 2023, 3nm in 2025, 2nm in 2027, and 1.4nm in 2029

By: Anthony Garreffa from Dec 10, 2019 @ 20:32 CST

Intel is years behind in the CPU node game allowing AMD to rip right past and take over with its Zen CPU architecture firmly placed into the leadership position on 7nm -- but it doesn't mean Intel will be taking this lying down.

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Dr. Ian Cutress of AnandTech was on the ground at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) where it was revealed what Intel plans over the next 10 years. In the slide you can see above, Intel has mapped out the next 10 years that starts with its (continued struggles) on 10nm while seeing 7nm CPUs drop in 2021.

But we can also see that Intel is aiming for 5nm in 2023, 3nm in 2025, 2nm in 2027, and finally -- if you can even believe it, 1.4nm CPUs in 2029. Intel is expecting a two year flow between CPUs, even though it has been stuck on 14nm for what feels like forever now. Just how small is 1.4nm though? Cutress writes that it is the "equivalent of 12 silicon atoms across". Incredible stuff.

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