Intel CEO Confirms that Broadwell Will Launch Later this Year

Posted on May 23, 2014 10:00 AM by Rob Williams

At last week’s Maker’s Faire in San Mateo, California, Reuters caught the opportunity to chat to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and get an update on Broadwell, the Haswell microarchitecture successor. According to Krzanich, the chips are set to launch this holiday season, but not at “the last second” – something nice to hear.

Given this, it seems likely that we’ll see Broadwell in November, which is obviously a ways off. Thus, if you’re in need of building a new PC, there’s no need to hold out quite that long. Given the generational improvements we’ve seen of late, while Broadwell is sure to be a nice upgrade, it’s not going to be stark enough to make you regret building a Haswell machine a couple of months before.

Brian Krzanich - Intel CES 2014

What is Broadwell, you ask? Part of Intel’s “Tick-Tock” cadence, Broadwell is tick, which is a die shrink of Haswell. That puts Broadwell at 14nm, with Skylake, to be Intel’s next tock. Broadwell’s die shrink alone should help bolster performance and decrease power usage, but it also brings new features like added instruction sets and VP8 support to Quick Sync.

For those looking for enthusiast parts, we should be seeing Haswell-E in Q4, which at the very least will introduce some 8 core parts. I, for one, cannot wait for that.

  • EVHappy

    Author needs to read up on what Intel’s Tick-Tock phrase means. The Tick is a die shrink, which the author already wrote but then he said the next Tock will be built at 10 nm. No. The Tock will be a new microarchitecture. The next Tick will be another die shrink. Tick – die shrink, Tock – new microarchitecture.

    Intel’s next Tock will be to Skylake at 14 nm. Then that micro architecture will Tock to 10 nm and be called Cannonlake, scheduled for 2016.

    We will soon have full Core performance running the full Windows Pro 64 bit OS on your mobile phone (Super Phones) and it will not need a fan and run all day long.

    To extend your Super Phones you will simply Drop-and-Dock to your mobile accessories and work and home workstations. You carry your secure data and applications and then Dock to extend your productivity and entertainment. No need for toy OSs like iOS and Android after that. Get ready for the Great Transition.

    • Rob Williams

      I’ve been writing about tick-tock for like seven years. People can make mistakes. Will edit.

      • EVHappy

        Fair enough.

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