Intel Delays Introduction of Core M “Broadwell” Processors Further

Low-Power Broadwell Chips Due in Late 2014

by Anton Shilov
07/14/2014 | 06:50 AM

Intel Corp. has updated its shipments schedules for its upcoming code-named Broadwell central processing units (CPUs) and it looks like the company has further delayed the processors. The first chips based on the Broadwell micro-architecture are now scheduled to arrive to market in late 2014,

 

Previously it was expected that Intel would start shipments of the Core M “Broadwell-Y” [BDW-Y 2+2] system-on-chips (two cores with the Hyper-Threading, 3MB of L3, Intel HD Graphics with 24 execution units, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, core-logic installed on the same piece of substrate as the CPU, 4.5W – 11.5W TDP) this summer and actual personal computers in 2-in-1, ultra-thin and tablet form-factors will be available starting this fall.

However, Chinese VR-Zone web-site recently published a revised schedule of Intel’s Broadwell processors. According to the new plan, the launch window of the Core M “Broadwell” chips was delayed to the ww51 2014 – ww03 2015 (late December ’14 – late-January ‘15) from the ww37 – ww40 (September, 2014). Generally, this means that the first systems powered by the Broadwell chips will arrive late in the holiday system and will probably be not easy to get.

During the same launch window Intel also expects its partners to release products based on the Core i-series “Broadwell-U” (BDW-U 2+2) microprocessors with 15W-28W thermal design power and higher clock-rates compared to the Broadwell-Y chips. The BDW-U 2+2 chips have the same configuration as the BDW-Y.

Besides the high-end Core M and Core i microprocessors powered by the Broadwell micro-architecture and made using 14nm fabrication process, Intel will also release inexpensive Celeron- and Pentium-branded CPUs based on the Broadwell microarchitecture and featuring the BDW-U 2+1 design (two cores, no HT, cut-down cache, cut-down graphics engine, etc.). The first PCs featuring such chips are also expected to arrive during the ww51 2014 – ww03 2015 (late December ’14 – late-January ‘15) launch window.

Intel does not officially reveal the reasons for the delay. It is rumoured that the yields of chips produced using the company’s 14nm process technology are lower than expected. If this is the case, then Intel needs more time to bin enough fully functional Core M and Core i chips to support the volume launch. Since the company will produce a lot of chips by late 2014, it will be able to sell chips with cut-down cache and graphics core under its value brands.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.