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Slides from a detailed Intel Corp.’s desktop platform roadmap have been leaked by a blogger. The slides confirm that Intel has no plans to introduce code-named Broadwell microprocessors next year; the roadmap also claims that the chip giant will only refresh the desktop platform with higher-speed chips based on Haswell micro-architecture as well as with new chipsets.

The slides, which resemble those from Intel Corp.’s roadmaps and were published by, cover Intel’s plans concerning desktop microprocessors and chipsets till the second quarter of 2014. The images confirm what has been rumoured for some time now: Intel will introduce its new high-end desktop microprocessors in LGA2011 form-factor in Q3 2013 and will refresh the mainstream desktop Core i-series “Haswell” microprocessor lineup in Q2 2014.

As reported before, Intel decided to can Rockwell microprocessors for desktops and is now expected to introduce code-named Haswell Refresh platform in Q2 2014. The new platform will 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 planned several quarters back. The chip giant intends to refresh the whole lineup of desktop central processing units – from Core i7 down to Celeron. In addition, Intel will introduce rather mysterious Core i7-4771 processor in Q3 2013. Also, next quarter Intel is projected to roll-out H81 chipset next quarter.

Although Haswell Refresh family of microprocessors will provide only a slight performance boost compared to existing offerings, Intel 9-series chipsets will clearly feature a number of important innovations.

Intel 9-series chipsets, which will include such core-logic sets as Z97 and H97 as well as derivatives, will support SATA Express interface for high-speed storage devices, which will bolster performance of high-end SSDs that are currently limited by SATA-6Gb/s. In addition, the core-logic series will support all-new Intel device protection technology with boot guard, which will enhance platform security against low-level malware attacks.

The SATA Express technology will provide a cost-effective means to increase device interface speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s. The specification will define new device and motherboard connectors that will support both new SATA Express and current SATA devices. The SATA Express connectors will maintain backwards compatibility with current SATA cables and will allow plugging both existing hard drives as well as future SATA Express PCIe-based devices.

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.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Haswell Refresh, Broadwell, 14nm, Haswell, LGA1150, Serial ATA, Serial ATA Express, SATA Express, PCI Express, SSD, PCIe, 22nm


Comments currently: 16
Discussion started: 06/13/13 02:04:49 PM
Latest comment: 06/16/13 08:58:29 AM
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Awesome.. Thanks for not competing AMD... now look what we get... refresh parts and AMD cpus that don't quite keep up
3 4 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 06/13/13 02:04:49 PM]
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No pal, Intel is clearly having problems with its manufacturing at lower nodes. Alarm bells should be ringing.
2 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 06/13/13 03:13:43 PM]
Another spy shot clearly shows Intel continues with Ivy Bridge Extreme (22nm) until the third quarter of 2015, when they make the transition to 14nm and Haswell Extreme.
The same time they are changing to the "Skylake" platform.
This picture shows the "Haswell" refresh occuring from 4th Q 2014, not 3rd as shown on this page, although they may have brought it forward.
1 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 06/13/13 05:34:16 PM]
14nm FinFET is more than 2 years away now. What do you reckon the reason is? Recent hot running Haswells should give a clue. The only thing that's leaking is their transistors. FinFET is an inferior manufacturing process. This will be Intel's achilles' heel. Mark my words.
2 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 06/13/13 06:01:34 PM]
Intel is bumping up against the laws of physics, as far as the heat dissipation budget! The 14 nm transistors are so small and so densely packed, that there is not enough silicon atoms per unit area to transport all the heat that is being generated! Sure finfet has less leakage, but the 14 nm circuits are going to have to be spaced further apart, in order to have enough ratio of circuit atoms to substrate and surronding atoms, to transfer the heat to, without the transistors overheating! This is going to result in less dense packing of smaller circuits, and less chips produced per wafer, if Intel wants to continue using the silicon transistors, a technology that Intel has invested heavily in(450 mm chip fabs). The whole FAB industry is too heavely invested in the current silicon based manufacturing technology, and the economic and market conditions are not there to fund a radical technology shift at the current time, even for Intel!
2 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 06/15/13 11:55:33 AM]
You forget also, that smaller the size, the less voltage is required
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 06/16/13 08:58:29 AM]
The only requirement in competition is to steal sales from another company any way possible, beating the other guy has nothing to do with it-- that is just what enthusiasts expect. If AMD offers a gap filler with good enough performance, that is all that is needed for those that don't need the best-- which happens to be a significant chunk of the planet. Why aren't they all choosing AMD? Because they don't buy Intel, most of them buy OEM and Intel just has more leverage with OEMs in that regard.

Fact is, if it weren't for AMD unlocked parts, we wouldn't have Intel K processors at all, because an unlocked AMD can still beat a stock Intel part:

Count your blessings; should AMD really cease to compete by definition, K models will be the first to go since Intel stock for the most part still beats AMD stock by a disturbing margin.

I'm starting to suspect that Intel's refresh is actually a form of response to AMD's recently announcement of random higher clocked parts, as if it isn't a one-off event and could potentially be a new trend with future SKUs and architectures. I don't think these higher frequency AMD parts are aimed at overclockers, per se, I think they are aimed at the non-overclocking majority and thus would weight them against an Intel counterpart for the price. In other words, despite the AMD claim last year, I think AMD will initiate a frequency war in the coming years, hence Intel simply refreshing their lineup. It'll be easy for them, we all know how fast Intel can go.

Ironically, competition may be coming back, it just isn't something overclockers will benefit from. Sure we can overclock and compare processors, but the average person doesn't care and this could be something AMD could take advantage of, short-term at least. You have to figure these companies know more about each other than any rumor we find online (we're getting a small picture from rumors alone), they watch each other very closely in order to maintain their shares and take any sales threats seriously. Intel isn't so much better than AMD as if they can afford to ignore them.
3 2 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 06/14/13 10:29:37 AM]

We don't know anything about haswell refresh. They might be using new stepping that allows higher clocks and overclocking.
1 2 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 06/13/13 02:26:34 PM]
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or...merely an increase in it's graphics capabilities.
0 1 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 06/13/13 05:11:37 PM]
We do know what it is. It is Tick-Tock, like it was the last few years. Haswell: new Architecture, Broadwell new Process node (Refresh), Skylake: new Architecture ...
1 0 [Posted by: Rollora  | Date: 06/13/13 06:56:29 PM]

Just pure speculation on my part, but Intel is getting into the foundry business. Perhaps that is sucking up 14nm wafer capacity.
0 0 [Posted by: dmb2112  | Date: 06/13/13 05:22:10 PM]
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Nope: 1. the very latest process is always expensive, it will therefore not be used by 3rd party, nor will Intel give early access to the latest tech.
It is just a competition issue: as long as AMD cannot keep up, Intel isn't forced to rush out new processors at a new process with low yields (=comparably high production costs to a 2 year old, optimized process)
2 0 [Posted by: Rollora  | Date: 06/13/13 06:58:47 PM]
Actually, Altera is building their next generation FPGAs on Intel's 14nm.
0 0 [Posted by: dmb2112  | Date: 06/13/13 07:42:07 PM]

Z87 was meant to be compatible with Broadwell it looks like there's a new chipset coming out for the refreshed Haswell's let alone Broadwell. Do we think z87 mobos will only work with the current crop of chips?
0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 06/14/13 03:14:13 PM]

On one hand, pathetic, on the other, it means old CPUs will still be more than enough for gaming.
0 0 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 06/15/13 06:12:52 AM]

This might give AMD a chance in making a comeback in the CPU war. Why, because with all the leaked info and focus on the Steamroller APU's and CPU's there has been very little info on Excavator and the successor to Jaguar.

For example we do know that TSMC and Globalfoundries towards the end of this year will start test sampling their 20nm process, and Globalfoundries will try to fix Intel's mistake in the 14nm FinFET process by combining aspects of the 20nm and 14nm FinFET processes to solve the basic physical heat problem and make it only available in a mobile design, which I think they call their 14nm XM process which this might start sample testing around the same time as the 20nm or during the Q1 2014.

With this in mind if the 28nm Steamroller and Jaguar APU's and CPU's can keep AMD somewhat competitive against Intel for now. A 20nm (and maybe 14nm XM) Excavator and Jaguar successor combined with AMD's 20nm Volcanic Island GPU's (which should release in 2014) could give AMD the boost they need to bring back true competition between the rival companies.
0 0 [Posted by: Suvorov361  | Date: 06/16/13 02:11:52 AM]


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