Having canned code-named Broadwell central processing units for desktop PCs completely, Intel Corp. now seems to be re-scheduling the arrival of the first x86 chips made using 14nm process technology to the mobile segment of personal computers as well.
Although Intel plans to initiate production of its new processors based on code-named Broadwell micro-architecture in calendar 2013, the company will not release those chips commercially until sometimes in the second half of the year, which essentially means a delay. As it appears, microprocessors made using 14nm process technology are at least a year away
In the recent years Intel tended to release new microprocessors in the first half of the year, in fact, early in the year. Due to an unfortunate event with chipsets for Core i-series “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors in early 2011, the company decided to prolong the lifespan of Sandy Bridge in the premium segment and released its successor, Core i-series “Ivy Bridge”, in April, 2012. The latest Core i “Haswell” chips were also launched in June, not exactly a year after their predecessor, but still in the first half of the year. With Broadwell, Intel plans to ship the chips only sometimes in the second half of the year 2014, according to the company’s roadmap slides published by Chinese VR-Zone web-site.
The world’s largest chipmaker will revitalize its lineup of performance and mainstream microprocessors with code-named “Haswell Refresh” products in the second quarter of 2014, as earlier roadmaps revealed. It is logical to expect the new central processing units to arrive sometimes in June (possibly at Computex Taipei 2014 trade-show) along with new core-logic sets that will significantly improve platform-related capabilities and performance.
Based on the roadmap slides, Intel decided not to introduce code-named Broadwell chips for notebooks in the first half of the year (e.g., at Computex), but to ship them only in the second half of the year, which means any date between July and late December. Traditionally, chipmakers introduce new products in the middle of the year so that to ensure that they are used inside PCs that arrive during critical back-to-school (BTS) season.
As expected, Core i-series “Broadwell” microprocessors will serve all mobile PC market segments from various hybrid 2-in-1 devices to notebooks to ultrabooks. The CPUs with completely different thermal envelopes, so they will be able to offer either very high performance or very low power consumption.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.