Intel eventually got its 10 nm chips on the market after years of delays, but now the company has revealed that it's experienced problems with its new 7 nm process that will result in delays for the next generation of chips, too.

As Intel's Q2 2020 earnings release notes , “ the company's 7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations, ”pushing them back from an originally planned arrival at the end of 2021. The six-month delay would push that date into at least 2022, if not further, due to what Intel CEO Bob Swan referred to as a “ defect mode ” in the 7 nm process, according to Tom's Hardware.

Intel also claims that the problems with its new 7 nm output means that demand is running a year behind its internal roadmap. Of whatever reason, however, the company claims that being a year behind budget would also only result in the unspecified six-month delay to launch. Of instance, AMD has already been outputting its own Ryzen 4000 chips based on the 7 nm architecture of months, which have been handily outperforming Intel 's offerings.

The delay to hitting 7 nm chips is a lingering problem for the group, though. If Intel's experience of expanding its 14 nm architecture for decades of gradual refinements is something to go by, expect to see lots of 10 nm devices launched in the coming years.