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Intel Corp. has decided to delay the official introduction of its next-generation code-named Haswell chips from April to late May – early June, new documents by the chip giant that emerged on the web reveal. While Core i-family 4000-series central processing units will become available later than expected, the company will introduce a broader range of chips for different mobile market segments.

The world’s largest manufacturer of microprocessors will introduce Core i 4000 “Haswell” products for desktop and mobile applications between May 27 and June 7, 2013, according to excerpts from documents (which presumably originate from Intel) that were published by VR-Zone web-site on Friday. The exact introduction date is still to be determined, but Intel strongly advices its partners not to sell, ship or advertise the new products until June 2, 2013.

While the launch of highly-expected code-named Haswell products will occur later than originally expected, the amount of chips for notebooks that will be made available will be higher. Originally, Intel planned to launch only three premium mobile products powered by Haswell architecture; according to the new plan, that number grows to seven, thanks to models Core i7-4702MQ, Core i7-4702HQ, Core i7-4700MQ and Core i7-4700HQ. The desktop lineup will be as broad as expected earlier this month.


The actual reasons for the delay are unclear, but sources with knowledge of the talks between Intel and its partners among computer makers indicate that the latter had asked the former to postpone the roll-out of Haswell by several weeks to let them sell current-generation Core i 3000 “Ivy Bridge” chips.

Another reason why Intel might be interested in the delay of formal launch of Haswell is that Computex Taipei 2013 trade-show takes place in early June and at that exhibition numerous designs with new chips will be shown to the public. The launch aligned with actual PC makers is going to allow Intel to demonstrate not only performance, but also form-factor, usability, design, feature-set and other benefits that Haswell has to offer in a short period of time, something that will likely attract attention of typical end-users to Haswell and products on its base.

The authenticity of the excerpts could not be verified at press time. Images located at X-bit labs have been altered. Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Haswell, Core, 22nm


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Discussion started: 12/29/12 03:38:14 PM
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0 7 [Posted by: Vampire36  | Date: 12/29/12 03:38:15 PM]
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how does it help AMD?
Ivy Bridge is still the better choice over AMD for 90% of the cases (if not more).
Only thing i can imagine is, that people want to upgrade when Intel brings new socket - but then again, why not wait 1 more month. if you NEED to upgrade/buy in April/May (and it will be May at soonest), and cannot wait 1 extra month, and you need much performance - you still buy Intel Ivy Bridge.
3 1 [Posted by: Rollora  | Date: 12/29/12 06:20:29 PM]
Actually AMD is the better choice for 90% of the cases. Why???? Because Intel is too expensive and doesn't offer a good solution for notebooks.

Most computer users believe if they don’t play video games then they don’t use graphics, and thus, don’t need a graphics card. However, this is not true. All users need and use graphics every day. Today, when surfing the internet, computers use the graphics card more, for the parallel processing, and less of the CPU. Web Browsers use the graphics card to render data faster like with Firefox’s Direct 2D hardware acceleration. Chrome & Internet Explorer 9 also do the same thing. The better the graphics, the better the video playback (watching videos) and video conferencing (Skype) will be. Also, surfing the internet will be faster too! This technology doesn’t work very well, however, with the limited “integrated” graphics built into motherboards. So having a dedicated GPU is beneficial for all users.

This is where Intel falls short and AMD exceeds. With notebooks, you can’t add a separate graphics card, but everyone needs good graphics and AMD’s A-Series APUs provides those with a terrific CPU to go with it. Intel’s notebooks offer only limited graphics hurting web browsing and video playback.
By combining both of these onto a single Die, AMD has achieved remarkable performance while at a lower wattage for longer battery life.

Since 90% of the market wants to spend less than $500, AMD is the best way to go!
2 0 [Posted by: bigbrave  | Date: 12/31/12 05:27:58 PM]
Really? You're trying to argue that Intel graphics (which are also integrated with the cpu btw) aren't good enough for trivial usage such as web browsing and video playback?
0 0 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 01/02/13 10:51:52 AM]

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0 7 [Posted by: Vampire36  | Date: 12/30/12 03:38:53 AM]
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Who is "They"? Xbitlabs or VR-Zone?

Intel never made any promises officially about Haswell's launch dates. The time frame for April is just as much of a rumor as June is and remains so until Intel makes an official statement clarifying the launch window.

There is some logical reasoning for why Intel would delay the launch of Haswell - too much Ivy Bridge inventory in the channel that needs to be sold. The demand for PCs is weakening and Intel overestimated the demand for IVB chips. Intel is idling some of its fabs to not flood the market with more inventory.

"Due to a buildup in inventory and a desire to prevent further buildup in what Intel is projecting to be a weak quarter, Intel will be taking the unusual step of letting quite a bit of fab capacity go idle. For Q4 Intel’s fab utilization will be sub-50%"

The Xbitlabs story also provides other reasons as well. You sound really upset as if 1-2 months delay is a big deal? It's really not when you think about Intel's Tick-Tock cadence and major architectures launching every 2 years roughly. After Haswell, we'll still be waiting at least 2 years before anything much better from Intel. 1-2 months delay in the grand scheme of 2 years wait after Haswell launches is not that big of a deal. I would like to upgrade to Haswell in April, but if it comes out in June, I'll just wait a bit more.
3 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 12/30/12 11:17:18 AM]
What nonsense Vampire36. Totally unfounded. It's all about the inventory.
3 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 12/31/12 02:10:16 AM]

They delayed it by one month ? THis must be the end of the world
1 0 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 12/30/12 09:38:04 AM]

They can delay as much as they want. As long as is no real competition out there for current generation, no need to rush...
3 1 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 12/31/12 01:24:34 AM]
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...and with consumers and businesses staying away...
2 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 12/31/12 02:12:32 AM]

intel's biggest competition is themselves right now. i mean it's gotten to the point now where their last generation cpu's are becoming competition for their newest generation cpu's since the performance increses are becoming smaller and smaller with each new generation over the last generation now.
3 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 12/31/12 02:23:15 AM]
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Yup, an overclocked 1st generation Core i7 will not hold back a modern gaming PC with only 1 high-end GPU.,7.html

The key reasons for upgrading are fun to play with new hardware, reduction in power consumption in idle and overclocked states, and possibly new features like Thunderbolt or more native SATA 3 ports if your older systems didn't have those. A Core i7 920 / 860 @ 3.9-4.2ghz is not going to be any worse for games on average than a Core i7 3770K @ 4.5ghz with just 1 high-end GPU.

Something interesting popped up - 2 versions of unlocked i7 K series:

i7 4670K
i7 4770K

Fingers crossed that i7 4670K drops to under $300 and has a neutered GPU. That would bring i7s to lower price levels for enthusiasts.
2 4 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 12/31/12 09:35:20 AM]

That's what lack of competition does.
Intel is king.
1 2 [Posted by: jks  | Date: 12/31/12 10:15:34 AM]

The x86 market is ever shrinking and with the existing stock not selling why introduce something else that is unsalable? When what one makes is already has a problem selling, why compound your problems with a new model? Stock levels and production must slow or change to suit market conditions. The new models have same design which the market is not buying. The cpu market has changed, large organisation are slow to react to changing market conditions and what worked in the paast is not working to-day. The management is slowly changing., but a total re-think of the direction and products produced is reqiured.
2 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/01/13 03:05:14 PM]


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