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Intel Corp. said last week that it was on track to start volume production of its next-generation microprocessors based on the “Broadwell” micro-architecture using 14nm process technology this quarter. The world’s largest chipmaker will start to roll-out new processors in the third quarter of the year starting from chips aimed at innovative PC form-factors.

“Yields improved significantly in Q4 putting it squarely on track with the Broadwell production later this quarter. Our customers and partners also continue to evolve the computing exercise. By the time we enter the back to school selling season we have nearly 70 unique 2-in-1 designs with outstanding battery life and performance across a range of price points in those markets,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, during a conference call with investors and analysts.

Back in October, 2012, Intel announced that it would delay mass production of the next-generation code-named “Broadwell” microprocessors by one quarter, from Q4 2013 to Q1 2014. The decision to postpone mass production of Broadwell was conditioned not only by slow demand for personal computers in general and microprocessors in particular, but also by yields that were below Intel’s comfortable level. The company had to insert a number of fixes into 14nm process technology in a bid to improve yields and lower defect density.

Shortly after Intel made its official announcement, slides from the company’s roadmap made it to the Internet and revealed that the chip giant only plans to start rolling-out its mainstream Broadwell microprocessors for desktops and laptops in late Q4 2014.

Last week it was revealed that Intel would begin to introduce various chips based on the Broadwell micro-architecture starting from Q3 2014. In case the information about release of select Broadwell chips in the third quarter is correct, then the first actual products (mainboards, notebooks, desktops, etc.) featuring the new chips will show up at the forthcoming Computex Taipei 2014 trade-show in early June. As a result, it will be logical to expect them to arrive by back-to-school (BTS) season.

During its news conference last week Intel confirmed that the first Core i-series “Broadwell” chips will be aimed at PCs in all-in-one, 2-in-1, convertible and other similar form-factors.

“We will start production of wafers on Broadwell, a 14nm product targeting these form factors in the first quarter,” said Mr. Krzanich.

Intel’s forthcoming Broadwell micro-architecture resembles existing Haswell micro-architecture, but contains a number of tweaks aimed to improve performance and boost battery life. Since the new chips will be made using thinner process technology, it is logical to expect higher energy-efficiency and/or additional clock-speed potential.

Unfortunately, the roll-out of Broadwell is expected to be relatively slow and Intel’s main force for this year will continue to central processing units based on the Haswell micro-architecture, including those that belong to Haswell- refresh family.

Tags: Intel, Core, Broadwell, 14nm, Haswell

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Chasing the mobile market when the % of desktops in business is the market for PC's as they are designed as office tools, mobile computing is not the prime market but the volume of computer sales is in the commercial sector. Mobile computers are an adjunct to mobile phones etc.
There are 2 distinct markets and somehow when M/S tried to combine the two others followed suit. Apple kept the 2 separate and it is working for them. This should be a lesson for all execs. Look at what works not what the sales and marketing think should work.
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/22/14 07:16:21 PM]
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funny how times have changed. mobile devices used to have to wait to get the latest tech after desktop devices got it first, now it's the complete opposite.
3 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/23/14 12:51:56 AM]
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laptop CPU's have been first to use new manufacturing technologies for long time;

1) First Intel chips to use 0.7um were DX4 chips, Pentium moved to 0.6um half years later

2) First intel chips to use 0.25um were Tillamook Mobile Pentium MMX chips, desktop Pentium II switched to 0.25um only couple of months later.

3) First AMD chips to use 0.18um were K6-2+ and K6-3+, Athlon/K7 manufacturing on 0.18um came later

0 0 [Posted by: hkultala  | Date: 01/23/14 05:55:56 AM]
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and those are what 3 instances out of many other instances that the desktop cpus got 2nd. look at the long list where moible devices had to wait. Pentuim III Pentuim 4, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, 1st gen Core i7, i5, i3. Athlon, Althon XP, Althon 64, Athlon 64 x2, Phenom X4 series, AMD FX series. All of those cpu technologies came out on the desktop first.
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/23/14 07:47:34 AM]
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Um... hey guy, that architecture the C2D is based on, well it got its startings at the laptop level, while the desktops were still using that furnace otherwise known as the Pentium 4.
0 0 [Posted by: Usuc Dik  | Date: 01/23/14 10:20:41 PM]
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Shortly after Intel made its official announcement, slides from the company’s roadmap made it to the Internet and revealed that the chip giant only plans to start rolling-out its mainstream Broadwell microprocessors for desktops and laptops in late Q4 2014.

So this means that Intel, Samsung, and TSMC are neck to neck in the race to produce 14/16nm FinFET, as both TMSC and Samsung are at risk production on 14nm FinFET now, and will be in volume production at around Q4 2014 with contracted delivery dates for 64 bit Octacore 14/16nm SoCs to Apple in Q1 2015. Intel is a bit behind on mobile SoCs though as they will come a bit later.

0 0 [Posted by: Siva Mahalingam  | Date: 01/26/14 10:39:11 AM]
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is Broadwell BGA-only?
0 0 [Posted by: qubit  | Date: 02/19/14 02:11:35 PM]
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