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Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel Corp., said in an interview that personal computers based on the company’s 14nm code-named Broadwell microprocessors would hit the market by the holiday season. The PCs are expected to feature higher performance and lower power consumption, which means sleeker form-factors and longer battery life.

“I can guarantee [availability of Broadwell-based PCs] for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday,” said Bryan Krzanich, in an interview with Reuters news-agency.

While earlier this year it was believed that Intel would start shipments of its code-named Broadwell chips in time for PC makers to ship their systems with the new central processing units in the late Q3 2014, it now looks like Intel is not sure about such possibility. At the same time, the head of Intel does not exclude a possibility of some Broadwell-powered systems to arrive during the back-to-school season.

“Back to school – that’s a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That’s going to be tough,” said Mr. Krzanich.

During a news conference early this year Intel confirmed that the first Core i-series “Broadwell” chips would be aimed at PCs in all-in-one, 2-in-1, convertible and other small form-factors.

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.

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 of personal computers. Since the new chips will be made using thinner 14nm process technology, it is logical to expect higher energy-efficiency and/or additional clock-rate potential.

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

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not buying their higher performance gain notion. heard this since ivy bridge and that was an entirely diff arch and there is still little performance gains overall between sandy bridge, ivy bridge and haswell. so I don't expect anything to change on the performance side. on the battery life side? yes def going down to 14nm will help but as for performance? no.
3 2 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/23/14 12:56:06 AM]
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This kind of deliberate delays are just for users to drool out for item without really beneficial performance gains. But Broadwell supposedly just as IB should bring huge graphics improvement into Intels pocket. After all with IB they finally patched out that crappy graphics for DX10.1 and OpenCL. Haswell brought up it to DX11 level only some 3.75years after DX11 is introduced.

This is just what Intel might do as AMD is no competition for years, as they even bashed them out with improved Atoms after AMD delayed their AM1 (FS1b) socket based platform into Q2 2014.

This TWO QUARTER DELAY is just Intels good marketing move to fix up every possible 14nm rampup and maximally profit on cheap 22nm CPUs. Trashing AMD in every possible market segment while AMD waiting to reduce CPU prices only maybe with Corrizo 28nm-SOI which might or might not shrink up die size if implemented properly up 25%, or just build on TSMC 20nm bulk available by Q3 2014.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 06/02/14 12:20:51 PM]
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--double
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 06/02/14 12:22:27 PM]
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If he believes this then he is out of touch with the manufactures of PC's as they are being shafted by the operating system software manufactures who are targeting the hardware manufactures with in house PC and tablet systems.
Once Microsoft started making and selling their own hardware (like Apple) this was the death knell for the other hardware PC makers until they can find a replacement O/S for their products.
Apple killed off its hardware competitors in the PC market long ago with not selling their O/S to other makers.
Flavours of Linux are all that is left to the hardware system manufactures the likes of Chrome O/S etc.,will be the replacement O/S and these use lower powered chips than this chip family. Taking a leaf out of AMD.'s song book is the one option for the chip makers and hardware manufactures looking for a volume market. The commercial sector has already switched off M/S in the server markets.
High performance chips just don't have a high performance operating system to use them at present in the volume market any longer.
1 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/23/14 01:40:13 AM]
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Intel produces its own mainboards from long time and this did not kill a mainboard market.
I do not expect that computers of MS brand would have bigger impact on PC market.
Even if both practices are in fact a competing with its own partners (mass purchasers of chipsets, or OS).
1 1 [Posted by: KonradK  | Date: 05/23/14 07:19:50 AM]
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You seem to miss the point that I was trying to make. It is not the hardware which dictates the market but the software and once a software maker enters the hardware market all other hardware and component manufacturers stop using that software brand either by choice or by patents and cost constraints.
1 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/23/14 07:50:34 AM]
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If it was your point...
...my answer is: MS does not sue its competitors (and buyers its OS at the same time) at PC hardware market. Likewise Intel does not take a legal actions against other PC mainboard manufacturers (buyers of Intel chipsets).
There is no analogy to Apple, that was never selling its OS to OEMs and never wanted other computers to run (Mac) OSX.

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removed duplicated "against"
1 0 [Posted by: KonradK  | Date: 05/23/14 08:19:57 AM]
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what about Android, Linux, Apple etc. Netscape just a few which spring to mind
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/23/14 09:34:14 AM]
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MS sues (this usually results in settlement) Android device based makers for using its patents.
MS does not sue other companies for using its OS with their hardware.

Sorry if I've missed your point.
0 0 [Posted by: KonradK  | Date: 05/23/14 10:01:46 AM]
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Go back to the late 80's and early 90's and look at the Apple clone history.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/23/14 09:36:16 AM]
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Apple was actively fighting against other (than Mac) computers running Mac OS. Did I said otherwise?

Proprietary software's makers are commercially motivated to doing, or not doing some things.
If some day MS will decide to be like Apple and restrict its OS to its own hardware, that day MS will stop make money from selling its OS to OEMs and individual customers.
Even if it ever happen, it will not affect already sold licences. Likewise stopping support to XP, did not cause existing installation of XP to cease working.
1 0 [Posted by: KonradK  | Date: 05/23/14 10:19:41 AM]
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It is a largely irrelevant O/S in the market now as it has been replaced by the mobile O/S's already and is trying to play catch up and it seems to be failing and doesn't know why. Commercial markets are not buying the latest products and in the server sector it has lost out as well. This bodes badly for the hardware makers who have relied on the O/S to generate sales and now that their sales are falling the O/S makers are taking the crumbs away as well.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/23/14 07:51:24 PM]
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XP was given only as exemple of software that does work regardless of politics, whishes etc. of its producer.
This would apply to any already sold software.
My only point was: if software was not originally tied to specific hardware, it cannot become automatically tied to hardware, just by change of notion of its producer.
0 0 [Posted by: KonradK  | Date: 05/24/14 11:45:51 AM]
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Obviously Intel's definition of "performance" and the consumer's definition vary.
3 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 05/23/14 09:39:09 PM]
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x86 as the ISA of every PC/Device is coming to an end on the PC/Laptop sooner than people realize, and many of the other ISAs, Power/Power8, MIPS, Others are going with the Arm Holdings' style licensed IP model. OEM and ODM device makers will now be able to license the Power8 ISA/IP from IBM's OpenPower, and make their own customized versions of the Power8 processor, and the Power8, (is not PowerPC) Power8 it is a server room monster that outperforms even Xeon in the server high end workloads. With all these different CPU ISAs able to be licensed and customized, by Samsung, Nvidia, and even AMD/others, just like the ARM ISA CPUs/ISAs are licensed in the mobile market, the days of the single monolithic CPU ISA producer controlling the market are done for good. Apple for one could easily get a Power8 license and with their P.A. semiconductor(Purchased By Apple) Chip design engineers Tape Out some Custom Power8 ISA based CPUs for their entire line of MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, and Mac Pros that currently use the Intel core i, and Xeon CPUs.

Nvidia is currently working with IBM to integrate its GPUs as accelerators for IBM Power8 server products, and do not think that AMD is not considering Power8 for their line of SeaMicro servers, because SeaMicro(AMD owned) also uses Xeon as well as AMDs x86, and ARM based server CPUs, so Power8 is just another SKU to add to the list of server options for SeaMicro's customers, and there is money to be made in the server business, in more than just the hardware sales, those support/software contracts make more than hardware sales. Google is evaluating Power8 for the server room, along with ARM and others, and Google, Facebook, will probably utilize the different CPU ISAs for whatever server workloads that these CPUs can handle most efficiently, so expect the server clusters to become heterogeneous clusters that can maximize efficiency through the best ISA for the all the different workloads.

There is now a Consortium (ARM Consortium, Imagination, and others) that own the patents to The MIPS IP/ISA and expect there to be MIPS where MIPS is right for the Job, along with ARM, as MIPS is the original RISC ISA. Imagination Technologies has a perpetual, royalty-free license to use the patents acquired by the ARM consortium.

Intel Needs to offer its customers more x86 options, like More cores instead of integrated graphics for its PC/Laptop SKUs, as gamers (high end PC gamers) will only want discrete GPUs and have no need for Intel's integrated graphics, the same can be said for High end Laptop gamers, they want more cores and faster cores, to go along with Nvidia, or AMD discrete GPUs. Intel is no longer in a position to force the market to Intel's Business Model.
2 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/24/14 11:22:43 AM]
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Remember when new CPU generations actually meant performance increases to speed?
2 0 [Posted by: DivideOverflow  | Date: 05/25/14 01:39:16 AM]
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The headline is extremely confusing for those of us outside the US.
In Australia Christmas is the holiday season, and back to school occurs in late January early February.

"Broadwell-Based PCs Will Be Available by Christmas.

Intel Broadwell-Powered PCs Will Unlikely Be Available for the Back-to-School Season"
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 05/29/14 02:47:41 AM]
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