Thursday, November 17th 2016

Intel to Bring Additional Assembly Online to Improve Supply of Coffee Lake CPUs

There were some rumors regarding an expected low availability of Intel's latest, 8th Gen "Coffee Lake" CPUs. Then, in a new report, those rumors were sort of confirmed by Newegg. Now, we have it straight from the blue giant themselves, as Intel has announced that they're adding another facility to their 8th Gen Coffee Lake production and certification facilities. Stock of Intel 8th Gen CPUs has been spotty, to say the least, and pricing of the lineup's unlocked CPUs (8600K and 8700K, which are the most interesting for enthusiasts) have been particularly affected. If current output isn't enough to satisfy demand, the oldest trick in the book is to simply improve output. And Intel is doing it.

While Intel has been mainly using its assembly and test facilities based in Malaysia, the company is adding a new, certified assembly to the list: one in Chengdu, China. That shouldn't send alarms ringing, however; Intel's assembly and test facilities are a part of Intel's Copy Exactly! (CE!) program. This means that in order to be certified, all facilities must have identical methodologies and process technologies across different production sites throughout the world - there should be no quantifiable difference in quality. Intel's customers will begin to receive the aforementioned processors assembled in China starting from December 15. There is no real way to know exactly how much difference the new assembly facility will make on the worldwide supply of Intel 8h Gen CPUs - but it should only improve.
Source: AnandTech
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10 Comments on Intel to Bring Additional Assembly Online to Improve Supply of Coffee Lake CPUs

#1
ppn
Oh who needs Coffee, give us Cannon already. And better be Soon. 10nm with triple transistor density that of 14nm.
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#2
R0H1T
Pretty sure this is BS excuse 10101, the last being z370/390 one. I bet they still have a fair bit of KBL inventory left & wouldn't risk stepping on the toes of their channel partners & large (r)etailers like Amazon or newegg, OCuk et al.
When the old stock depletes enough then the supply of CFL will increase magically 10 fold, of course by that time Zen+ would be out/on the horizon & another 8C from Intel just a quarter or two away.
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#3
xorbe
They do not have a manuf capacity shortage!
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#4
mcraygsx
xorbe said:
They do not have a manuf capacity shortage!
Gave me a good laughter when they said supply shortage!. CoffeeLake is just a place holder.
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#5
TheGuruStud
ppn said:
Oh who needs Coffee, give us Cannon already. And better be Soon. 10nm with triple transistor density that of 14nm.
You have a year to wait.
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#6
damric
Maybe the new facility will solder ihs :rolleyes:
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#7
dicktracy
ppn said:
Oh who needs Coffee, give us Cannon already. And better be Soon. 10nm with triple transistor density that of 14nm.
The next stepup from Coffee Lake is Ice Lake.
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R-T-B
ppn said:
Oh who needs Coffee, give us Cannon already. And better be Soon. 10nm with triple transistor density that of 14nm.
How is 14->10nm triple density?
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ppn
R-T-B said:
How is 14->10nm triple density?
Logic transistor Density is 100.8 Mtr/mm2 at 10nm or nearly 2.7x more transistors than 37.5 Mtr/mm2 at 14nm. And the how is by shrinking various gates of the chip comparatively more than previously.

A theoretical 177mm2 die on 14nm (containing 8 Core of Coffe Lake) will possibly be shrinked to 76 mm2 at 10nm. 100mm2 less and 100 watts less entertains the thought. given that we have a theoretical chip pushed to 177 watt when OC'd that is.

https://www.techpowerup.com/237161/intels-10-nm-technology-bound-for-fpgas-first-wafer-showcased
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#10
Slizzo
dicktracy said:
The next stepup from Coffee Lake is Ice Lake.
Thanks, was going to say this.

Cannon Lake is going to be a mobile part IIRC. Ice Lake is where we're going to see 10nm on desktop.

I'm just surprised that Intel took this long to bring up another facility to make CFL chips.
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