Intel Corp. on Monday reaffirmed plans to start shipments of its next-generation code-named “Broadwell” microprocessors in late 2014 and to make them available in mass quantities in 2015. The announcement is made to persuade investors and partners that there will be no further delays with Intel’s new products as well as the roll-out of 14nm process technology.
As expected, the first processors based on the Broadwell micro-architecture will be the Core M chips that will be on shelves for the holiday selling season followed by broader OEM availability in the first half of 2015. Core i-series processors for mobile and desktop PCs will become available in 2015, just like projected.
Intel also revealed that its architects and chip designers have achieved greater than two times reduction in the thermal design point (TDP) when compared to a previous generation of processor while providing comparable performance and longer battery life. The company did not reveal exact TDPs of its upcoming Core M microprocessors.
The world’s largest chipmaker also stressed that despite of multiple fixes it had to implement into its 14nm process technology, the process will be used to make a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including those for servers, personal computing devices and Internet of Things.
“Intel’s 14 nanometer technology uses second-generation Tri-gate transistors to deliver industry-leading performance, power, density and cost per transistor,” said Mark Bohr, Intel senior fellow and the head of the company’s technology and manufacturing group. “Intel’s investments and commitment to Moore’s law is at the heart of what our teams have been able to accomplish with this new process.”
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KitGuru Says: Intel’s announcement is neither good nor bad. We already know that the high-performance “Broadwell” chips are delayed to Q3 2015, whereas availability of 14nm CPUs this year will be limited. The most important thing that Intel revealed on Monday is the fact that the 14nm fabrication technology will be used to make various solutions, which should mean that the majority of issues with the process had been fixed.