Over the past few days, there have been rumors claiming that Intel’s 10nm server lineup (Ice Lake) has been significantly delayed. Responding to media, the company today refuted these claims, stating that the 10nm Ice Lake production will start in the second half of 2020. ()
It’s worth noting that Intel is referring to the volume production and not the deployment of the 10nm Ice Lake parts. The company is planning to start production of Cooper Lake in the first half of 2020 and Ice Lake in the second half.
Intel remains on track for delivery of the Whitley platform starting with production of Cooper Lake in H1 2020 followed by Ice Lake production in H2 2020. We are also on track to follow Whitley with the delivery of Sapphire Rapids in 2021. – Intel Spokesperson
Although the Cooper Lake chips will be based on the 14nm node (possibly a backport of the Sunny Cove core), it’ll be compatible with the Whitley platform just like Ice Lake.
If the volume production is starting in 2020, then the shipping will most likely begin in 2021. This is in line with all the rumors we’ve been hearing of the 10nm chip delay. As per SemiAccurate, like Cascade Lake, Cooper Lake will be another Skylake rehash on steroids (read: a high TDP, higher core counts stuffed onto the same 14nm die resulting in bad thermals).
However, if we go by recent Intel announcements, it could be a backport, explaining the inter-platform compatibility. At this point, it is just conjecture. The truth can’t be far from this though, and we’ll know soon enough. Cheers!