The production of Intel’s Sapphire Rapids processors has been delayed. According to researchers at TrendForce, the first models won’t be available until next year.

Researchers from TrendForce expect the mass production of Intel’s Sapphire Rapids processors to start sometime next year. Intel recently announced the launch of its fourth-generation Xeon processors, codenamed Sapphire Rapids. The launch is due in January 2023, but according to TrendForce, availability will be delayed.

TrendForce’s report indicates that Intel struggles with production capacity constraints. Mass production may not pick up steam until the first half of next year, resulting in a large gap between the series’ launch and actual availability. Intel has faced similar gaps in the past.

Intel 7 nodes

TrendForce indicates that the production issues are caused by capacity constraints of Intel 7 nodes. The production capacity for this component is limited to between 50 percent and 60 percent, causing delays for processors with high numbers of cores. The capacity isn’t expected to stabilize until the first half of 2023.

Intel’s Sapphire Rapids processors have been in development for quite some time. The series was first supposed to come to market by the end of 2021, which was subsequently delayed to the first half of this year. The deadline may be prolonged by another year

Opportunities for AMD

Intel’s struggle is an opportunity for AMD. This chip giant can take advantage of its competitor’s delayed datacenter processors. AMD plans to officially introduce its new EPYC Genoa series this month.

EPYC Genoa processors are the first processors to meet DDR5, PCIe 5.0 and Compute Express Link 1.1 standards. The resulting performance increase makes the processors an attractive alternative to Intel’s datacenter processors.

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