Intel Strikes Back
A couple of good news from $AEM(AWX.SI)'s main customer $INTC from the past week. According to the attached Maybank KE report, Intel has started ordering EUV equipment which are lithography tools used for manufacturing 7nm process nodes semiconductors. This means Intel is on tract to launch their 7nm chips in 2021 which means more orders for AEM next year. As I mentioned in my previous post, Intel has no choice but to push forward regardless of the poor yields in the new process nodes as they have to snatch back their technological lead from $AMD.
The second news this week is that Intel has slashed their new 10th generation chips for high end desk tops (HEDT) by up to 50%, see link: https://www.cnet.com/news/intel-dramatically-cuts-prices-of-top-end-i9-gaming-chips/. This is unprecedented, faster chips at much lower prices. Intel has no choice as these are still the ancient 14nm process chips and Intel just squeezed out more performance from these chips by boosting the clock speed. However the cut in prices has put Intel chips back in the lead in the performance per dollar, see chart below. This will help Intel maintain demand for the older process chips.
However this lead will be short-lived as AMD is expected to launch their 3rd gen HEDT Threadripper 7nm chips in November. All these are bad for Intel but good for for equipment suppliers like AEM as Intel have to ramp up their 10nm process and start on their 7nm process next year.