Intel to Innovate on CPU Naming Schemes

Intel Processors Naming Conventions Explained 1 768x434
Intel Processors Naming Conventions Explained 1 768x434

The way Intel has been naming its CPU may not have been naming its CPUs in the correct way. In this way, the company hopes to compete favorably with others in the industry. Doing so will also help reflect better how powerful one CPU is when compared to another.

One big problem is that the new 10nm SuperFIN architecture from Intel seems to be of lower quality than the 7nm that AMD uses on some of the top-quality CPUs. However, it is clearly seen that nanometre numbers may not always present the true color of things.

Now, Intel plans to make the truth obvious in any CPU it makes and to also help the untrained eyes to quickly know which CPU is of higher value, without the confusion that is in existence today.

A report from Oregon Live says that Intel SVP Anne Kelleher said that Intel’s plan in changing its numbering conventions is to make sure that they match industry standards. This is good because the company believes that the current measurement system is inaccurate and misleading.


Rumors have it that Intel could either work on changing the nanometer count on its process node names or it could change the people talk about process nodes. Almost three years ago, the company gave details relating to a new measuring technique for process node sizes that would take into account transistor density over a small area, and an account for SRAM cell size.

It offered that the technique would be a much more accurate way of measuring semiconductor chip performance, and performance per watt. The beauty of the measurement strategy is that it takes into account logic cell design, though these can vary a lot from architecture to architecture.

The company has also talked about measuring SRAM separately with its own distinct name or number instead of leaving cache speeds out of the equation like it is done today. We wait to see what the company really chooses to do in the near future.


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