The transition to production in the groundbreaking process of 14 nanometer is not easy for Intel But it seems that the chip giant plans to continue sticking to some of the original timetables and launch next year processors broadwell And my employers Skylake in parallel
As part of an investors' meeting Held a few days ago, Intel unveiled its new product launch plans for the coming year. Intel's original roadmap referred to the launch of the first products based on 14 nanometer lithography More in 2013, But difficulties in the way of commercial scale production led to the leakage of plans for 2014, when Intel also managed with great difficulty - The first 14 nm processors were launched this year, But this is a minimal launch of a pair of processors core M which will be available in a limited number of devices.
So when will another 14, portable and stationary, models come to the stores? Well, according to the updated platform, "Spring 2015" seems to be the intended time window. In other words - the second quarter of next year, plus minus a month. What is surprising about the whole story is her intention Intel Adhere to some of its original plans and also launch the second generation of 14 nm processors (Skylake) during the second half of the 2015 year - in fact, a relatively unusual two-generation situation Processors Different new ones will be available in several categories.
It is not inevitable that the plans for the Skylake generation will eventually be rejected, but Intel's willingness to perform such a "generation integration" seems to indicate a strong desire to provide an answer to the tough competition because the chipsetARM In the market for ultra-portable devices (the market to which the "core M), in parallel with the incomparability of other consumer categories to which the C-core of the company.
At the same time, also The grandiose plans of Chipzilla for the atomic chip family Its suffered a considerable rejection - the Cherry Trail generation for smartphones and tablets that will also be based on a manufacturing process of 14 nm Will not come in 2014 as planned, but only somewhere in the middle of 2015. Accordingly, the Braswell generation, which will consist of atomic nuclei,14 nm Under branding Pentium And Celeron for the mobile and stationary market will be delayed and launched in the second half of next year.
That rejection will naturally also delay the company's roadmap to the atomic family - the Broxton generation, which is set to be the second in the 14 nm process and replace the Cherry Trail / Braswell (with a new processing core architecture called Goldmont) 2016, along with chips Smartphones Of the SoFIA family that includes a built-in cellular modem to supportLTE In the category 10.
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Rejections of Intel Undoubtedly disappointing, but hard to call them unexpected - what seems to have characterized the entire chip market in recent years is a considerable difficulty in moving forward in production technologies and schedules pushed forward time and time again. Chances are, in the foreseeable future, with the shift to even more "traditional" chip manufacturing technologies, we will experience a strengthening of this difficulty - at least until you reach some breakthrough that will change the way chips are manufactured.