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A spy-shot of a presumable Intel Corp.’s roadmap presentation shows rather dramatic changes in the plans of the world’s largest chipmaker. As it appears, the company has decided to scrap code-named Rockwell chip from its desktop plans, but introduce an enthusiast-oriented version of its code-named Haswell chip already in late 2014 or early 2015. That year Intel also launches its new code-named Skylake micro-architecture.

In case the roadmap published by Chinese VR-Zone web-site is genuine, it looks like Intel Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” microprocessors, 8-series chipsets code-named “Lynx Point” and code-named Sharkbay desktop platform will serve the desktop market not only in 2013, but for the better half of 2014 as well.  Sometimes in the second half of next year the company is expected to introduce code-named Haswell Refresh platform. The platform will presumably feature Intel 9-series chipsets as well as speeded up versions of Haswell chips, but not code-named Rockwell microprocessors made using 14nm process technology, as expected.

Previously it was believed that code-named Rockwell microprocessors with improved micro-architecture and slightly better performance-per-watt specifications compared to Haswell will serve all types of client processors, including desktops, laptops and ultrabooks. However, it now looks like they will only be found inside mobile computers and small form-factor desktops like Intel NUC. As it usually happens, plans are subject to change and Intel may reconsider its roadmap in the coming months.

Since Rockwell should not differ from Haswell considerably, it is unlikely that desktop customers really lost a lot, especially since Intel will likely offer desktop chips in 2014 that will be faster than the mobile ones.

A good news for performance enthusiasts is that code-named Haswell-E chip, which is designed for high-end desktops (HEDTs), is scheduled to arrive in 2015 or even in late 2014, just a little over a year after Ivy Bridge-E. The new HEDT platform will support multi-channel DDR4 memory and will likely offer a substantial performance increase over predecessor, the Core i7-4800/4900-series “Ivy Bridge-E” chips.

Another good news is that the all-new Skylake micro-architecture is on-track for 2015. These chips will also support DDR4 memory and will be available in LGA packaging, which means flexible choices and upgradeable PCs.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Rockwell, Haswell, Skylake, Core, DDR4, HEDT, Haswell-E

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Well of coz Rockwell isn't coming, it is because its name is changed to Broadwell.

So basically, nothing new here.
3 0 [Posted by: ksec  | Date: 04/22/13 09:17:26 PM]
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If I remember right, Charlie @SemiAccurate reported it was called Rockwell, but later said he heard his mole wrong on the phone, and the chip was actually called Broadwell all along.

So, this article is non-news
2 0 [Posted by: NeelyCam  | Date: 04/22/13 09:49:07 PM]
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1 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/22/13 11:30:40 PM]
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it's a sign of two things the slowing pc market and moore's law coming into effect. The slowing of pc sells in the market ontop of trying to pack more transistors into a smaller and smaller die is what's causing this. Which is why AMD is in no hurry to come out with brand new arch every other year and try to reduce the die size every other year like intel. Knowing that the market is slow, there is no need to come out with a brand new arch every other year, that and it's going to get really difficult trying to pack billions of transistors onto die sizes below 14nm while trying to keep the cpu temps low, because with all those billions of transistors packed into a very small die it's going to generate a lot of heat and that's one hurdle that still hasn't been addressed it.
2 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 04/23/13 02:01:58 AM]
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Spot on SteelCity. Innovation slows when there's a shrinking market. The world economy can't get out of its slump because (a) China is moderating its growth now - so boom times are definitely over (b) China still refuses to appropriately increase the value of its currency in-line with world markets with the effect being that its goods are priced artificially low and are more competitive. Therefore, the USA and Europe can't properly kickstart their economies by exporting cheaper manufactured goods in competing markets. China is also hitting two birds by buying up strategic failing Western businesses. China doesn't need to stage a war like Western democracies for a takeover. The net result of all this is that there is less money flowing around the Western economic systems at the moment - and that means less discretionary spending. Computers are not a need so much as a want, especially if the old beige box is still running strong with Windows XP. For PC chip and OEM manufacturers, it's important that they deliver cheaper products at this time. That is AMD's strategy when it says that it can't compete with Intel at the high-end (smaller returns on investment for them). It's going for value - for its customers and itself. Intel's gross margin of 53% cannot last during this period as their lucrative top-end chip market gets squeezed along with mounting bills from their under utilised fabs. AMD's is 39%. Intel will have to adjust and restructure to the meet the market. Jobs will probably go unless new markets are found.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/23/13 04:00:13 AM]
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Saving until 2015 for DDR4 and Skylake.
0 0 [Posted by: ChiliBean  | Date: 04/23/13 09:29:03 AM]
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I'm waiting for DDR4 too, skipping DDR3 entirely. 800mhz is serving me fine.
0 0 [Posted by: qubit  | Date: 04/23/13 10:28:07 AM]
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There is no benefit to DDR4 at this time as DDR3 isn't saturated.
2 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 04/23/13 08:10:16 PM]
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Well, I suppose that's entirely perspective.

Surely bandwidth for most any consumer CPU is fine with DDR3. That said, the world of the CPU is dying.

You add in any sensible GPU to create an 'APU' (that I would argue starts with 4 ROPs and 220-256 dual-issue units) at any kind of reasonable clock (say 800-900mhz baseline) and your bandwidth requirement for JUST the GPU is around what can be given on a 128-bit DDR-1333 path.

That, of course, is the main problem DDR4/Intel's L4/HMC/AMD's APU using GDDR5 etc are all trying to solve.

One could always argue that many will not use an integrated GPU, which today may be true (beyond something like quicksync), but it is my sincere hope that one day soon, even if a discrete GPU is in use, that in a vendor-agnostic fashion general purpose work will be offloaded to those units. If and when that is the case one would hope we are prepared.

Like I said, perspective. In the strictest term, DDR3 is more than enough for CPUs. In the reality of current and future architectures we are approaching, especially by consumer platform in 2015, DDR3 is and will be a limiting factor for 'CPUs' (if one doesn't see it that way already in AMD's case).
0 0 [Posted by: turtle  | Date: 04/24/13 01:37:12 AM]
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