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Intel Corp. did not originally have plans to release code-named Broadwell chips for the mass desktop market and only release them in ball-grid array (BGA) packages for mobile computers and highly-integrated systems. However, the roadmaps tend to change and according to the latest plans of the world’s largest chipmaker, the code-named Broadwell-K products are now due in late 2014.

The unlocked Intel Core i-series “Broadwell-K” central processing units designed for mainstream enthusiasts will be released very late in 2014, according to an Intel roadmap slide revealed by Chinese VR-Zone web-site. It is noteworthy that the bulk of Intel’s product stack will still be code-named Haswell Refresh products, therefore, the share of next-generation microprocessors will be rather negligible in the overall mix.

Intel plans to introduce its next-generation mainstream desktop platform currently known as Haswell Refresh – which will rely on 9-series core-logic set and improved Core i “Haswell” chips – sometimes in the second half of 2014. Mass availability of Broadwell LGA chips is expected in 2015.

What is important is that HSW-R and BRW products will need different 1.05V power source and dissimilar power supply requirements, which directly affect backwards compatibility. As a result, it looks like current-generation “Haswell” microprocessors from Intel will not fit into mainboards that support Haswell Refresh and Broadwell chips, despite of the fact that the latter will also use LGA1150 sockets.

What remains to be seen is how Intel’s desktop roadmap will look beyond 2014. It is logical to assume that Haswell Refresh platform will be the best mass desktop offering from Intel in calendar 2014, whereas Broadwell chips will expand availability in 2015. Quite naturally, this places Intel’s Skylake micro-architecture powered CPUs into 2016, a delay from originally expected 2015.

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.

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


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Discussion started: 10/25/13 10:06:53 AM
Latest comment: 10/29/13 05:16:48 PM
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ok it's bad enough that intel makes you buy a new socket platform every other year for the latest gen cpu's to run on and now you need a new motherboard to support broadwell cpus on the same socket platform that haswell uses not to mention haswell isn't even compatible with the 9 series chipset ontop of that? So intel is going to go through 3 incompatible socket changes in the 3 years time from ivy bridge/sandy bridge to haswell to now broadwell. This is just getting beyond ridiculous now.
4 3 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 10/25/13 10:06:53 AM]
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Agreed. And only 5% increase in performance...
2 4 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/25/13 02:56:44 PM]
Well guys, at least Intel's CPU's represent the fastest CPUs ever made.
2 2 [Posted by: Teemu Ruskeepää  | Date: 10/25/13 06:04:19 PM]
Fastest CPUs at this point in time - ahead of the competition by 18 months. So what's your point? It's good to be in the Guinness Book of Records for 2013?
2 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 10/25/13 06:19:12 PM]

This might be a dumb question, but the K series being unlocked, does that mean the on chip graphics is also?
Or will the graphics side of it be removed to enable unlocking?
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 10/29/13 03:40:33 AM]

This is exactly the reason the PC market has slowed down so much.

Give the public something worth replacing their existing PCs with and give them a reason why they need to do it!

We have had quad core CPUs for 7 years now, the move to 22nm should have seen 8-core as standard or at least on the Z87 i7's and then 10/12/14 cores on the X79 boards.

Where has the innovation in the GPU arena gone? We have been stuck at 28nm forever and the last 3 generations from both camps have been re-brands or slight architecture tweaks. Hawaii is not much more than a slight increase in cores, ROPs plus a wider bus. Basically slapping a turbo on the side of old technology as no one is innovating something totally new and ground-breaking any more.

Where's a new system memory? And i am not talking about DDR4 which is a tiny tweak to to DDR3 so it runs a slightly higher clocks at lower volts, i am talk NEW, i'm talking properly, noticeably faster than what it replaces! Where's the GHz race gone? We have been in and around high 3GHz since Pentium 4!!

As for software, things move too slowly, where is a truly immersive, 3D, interactive OS environment? Where is the indistinguishable physics from real life? Where is a truly challenging AI system that adapts to different techniques and changes each time you play?...

Without a reason to spend their money why would the public both?
0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 10/29/13 05:16:48 PM]


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