Intel’s next-gen xeon chip sapphire rapids will not be available until Q2 2023

Ming-Chi Kuo is well-known for its Apple insights, but the analyst is way more than just an “Apple analyst”. He often has reports and forecasts on other products within the electronics sector. Today, the reputed analyst shares some tidbits about Intel’s next-generation Xeon server chip. The new generation “Sapphire Rapids” will be postponed to the second quarter of 2023 which is beyond what the industry has been expecting.

Ming-Chi Kuo stated that his latest supply chain survey shows that the shipment of Intel’s server processor Sapphire Rapids will be delayed to Q2 2023. It’s significant later to the market consensus that was H2 2022. This isn’t good news for Intel and its server supply chain.

SAPPHIRE RAPIDS, XEON’S REPLACEMENT, WILL NOT COME BEFORE 2023

Kuo says that Sapphire Rapids can significantly increase the unit price of related components, which is beneficial to suppliers’ revenue and EPS. The shipment delays will have a negative impact on the operation of Intel and its supply chain. It includes ABF, server manufactures, cooling related ICs, memory and power management, etc. Sapphire Rapids cannot guarantee that there will still be demand for their products when they begin mass shipping, especially in times of recession.

Sapphire Glass

Interestingly, this won’t the first delay of Sapphire Rapids. Given to the current situation of the world and the industry, there is no guarantee that there won’t be more delays. The original shipment schedule was for Q4 2021. We’re about to pass through six full months in 2022, and Intel is still not ready to deploy the product. Therefore, Kuo has a conservative view of Intel’s future based on more advanced manufacturing processes.

The Sapphire Rapids uses a process called “Intel 7”. It uses EMIB tech, which includes substrate and interposer. Outsourced packaging and testing are more expensive, but the output and delay is better. However, the downside is the higher cost. While Intel handles the majority of packaging work, shortages in key raw materials are impacting production. The Sapphire Rapids is Intel’s first Xeon chip with full EMIB technology.

Despite the constraints in the supply chain and some disappointment in its Core CPUs, Intel has been stealing the headlines recently. The company is the first to adopt a hybrid system of working.
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