New releases every year. This is something we have come to expect from the world of technology. Your average Jane or Joe will know this as a numeric value. The iPhone 7, then the iPhone 8 one year later. The same thing goes for computer processors; in Intel’s case – 6 th Generation, then 7 th Generation and so on.
Not many people pay much attention to how processors work fewer people even know how they are made. However, there is a rather exciting arms race in technology happening right now. Between the only two companies that make processors, AMD and Intel.
To put it as simple as possible: Processors are essentially printed onto a highly conductive surface called silicon. The smaller and more detailed you can make the print; the more efficient you can make the processor. More efficiency means more room to increase speeds. The current line-up of processors in 2017 from AMD and Intel are both printed at 14 nano-meters, this has been around for a long time now. Currently both companies are working to make a smaller, more detailed print.
This is the current processor arms race. Intel have been working on 10 nano-meters. This has been delayed three times with a current release date of late 2018. On the other hand, AMD are working on 7 nano-meters. This is currently said to be released at the beginning of 2019. Both smaller nano-meter prints will bring more efficiency and likely more cores to processors. Either way, us as consumers will benefit from these big companies making big processor technology jumps.