No question about it. Intel had to get a lot of moving pieces all meshing well to deliver the 'Ice Lake' Xeon SP server processors, which came out earlier this month and which have actually been shipping to a few dozen select customers since the end of 2020
Timothy Prickett Morgan
The Next Platform, "Getting the 10 nanometer manufacturing processes finally working was key, of course, because it is the change in transistor sizes that allows for the increase in the core count that drives per-socket throughput and also allows for clock speeds to be increased a bit. Don't count out microarchitecture improvements, which as we have noted in our initial story about the Ice Lake launch were quite substantial.
Intel has been at work on the 'Sunny Cove' cores used in the Ice Lake Xeon SP processors for quite some time, which really needed that process shrink to 10 nanometers to be implemented to keep the four dies down to reasonable - and therefore profitable - sizes..."
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