According to a new desktop roadmap obtained by VR-Zone, Intel's 14 nm Broadwell-K processors will be launched in Q4 2014 and will "take the company through most of 2015." While this itself doesn't come as a particular surprise, the specifics of the posted "2014 Desktop Roadmap Direction" do raise two significant questions about Intel's upcoming "Haswell Refresh" CPUs.
Firstly, the roadmap makes no mention of "non-K" Broadwell CPUs, an omission that may suggest that Intel simply doesn't plan to offer standard versions of the processor. This, however, seems rather unlikely given the company's well-established release practices and CEO Brian Kranzich's announcement in last week's earnings call that production of Broadwell would be delayed from Q3 2013 to Q1 2014 due to the impact of a "defect density issue" on chip yields.
Secondly, the classification of Broadwell-K as a "Mainstream LGA 1150 Socket" CPU differs from previous rumors that suggested a BGA socket and don't shed any light on an earlier report in August. The report suggested that the new CPUs would not be compatible with 8 Series LGA 1150 motherboards due to a change to Intel's power specifications for the socket.
Rounding off VR-Zone's reveal was an "Intel 9 Series Chipset Overview" which drew particular attention to the support for Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) 13, RST for PCIe Storage and new "manageability and security features."