Intel’s senior Principle Engineer Ophir Edlis doesn’t think the semiconductor manufacturing process matters as much as the average enthusiast thinks it does. In response to Forbes’s inquiry this week of where its 10 nm desktop CPUs were, Edlis asked: “…why do you think we need to have desktop on 10nm?”

Forbes said that a shrinking of the manufacturing process is what most people expect now, especially in light of what AMD is offering. But Edlis countered that with the idea of manufacturing processes being just one part of the equation to better-performing processors.

…why should one even care about which manufacturing process a product is made on? If they get the features and they get the performance, then surely that’s what matters right? At the end of the day, the manufacturing process is just one knob we can adjust to make products better or more efficient. There are plenty more other knobs we can tweak.

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