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Intel Broadwell Chip Release Pushed Back to 1Q 2014

CNET reports that during a call discussing Intel's third-quarter earnings, CEO Brian Krzanich said that the company will begin production on Broadwell in the first quarter of 2014 instead of the final quarter of 2013. He said the delay is caused by a "defect density issue" that impacts the number of usable chips, or yields.

Typically, when defects are discovered, Intel implements a set of fixes and then moves on to mass production. However, in the case of Broadwell, the fixes didn't deliver all the improvements Intel had anticipated. Intel now believes the correct batch of fixes are in place, and the company should go into mass production sometime in the next quarter.

"We have confidence the problem is fixed because we have data it is fixed," he said. "This happens sometimes in development phases like this. That's why we moved it a quarter. [Intel and its PC partners] have a strong desire to get Broadwell to market. If I could, there'd be nothing slowing me down. This is a small blip in the schedule, and we'll continue on from here."

Skylake, the PC chip to follow Broadwell, won't be delayed, he said.

On Tuesday, Intel reported better than expected revenue for its third-quarter earnings, but is keeping a cautious eye on the fourth quarter. Intel reported $3 billion, or 58 cents a share, on revenue of $13.5 billion, flat from the same quarter from a year ago. Wall Street actually expected to see less: 53 cents a share on revenue of $13.46 billion. Intel reported that its data center group was up 12.2 percent from a year ago, and its PC client group was down 3.5 percent.

Intel was likely counting on Broadwell to push its PC client group up in revenue for the fourth quarter and first quarter of 2014, but now the company is seeing a delay. Broadwell is based on the same architecture used in Haswell, allowing PC builders to rip out their Haswell chip for the newer model. "Broadwell and Haswell are pin compatible, so for the most part this will slide into existing systems," Krzanich said.

Intel's Broadwell chip is expected to make devices even faster, thinner and lighter than the previous generation, as well as boost device battery life. The chip is the first to be manufactured using the 14 nm processing technology, reportedly putting the company at least a year ahead of its rivals. Intel is promising to go even smaller, down to 7 nm, allowing the company to pack even more transistors onto each chip, making them more powerful while draining less battery charge or power.

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  • xaephod
    We have any info on the Broadwell chips and how they will compare to Haswell?
    Reply
  • Memnarchon
    The title is misleading. The production was pushed back and not the release...
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  • spookyman
    so will it have the a solder on cap or the thick paste they used.
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  • anxiousinfusion
    "Skylake, the PC chip to follow Broadwell, won't be delayed, he said."

    That's a pretty bold promise to make. How can he possibly be sure that something *won't* go wrong?
    Reply
  • coolitic
    I read this right after the article of Windows 8 Ends Support In 2 Years.
    Both articles have misleading titles and tomshardware needs to fix it.
    Reply
  • rrbronstein
    11733057 said:
    We have any info on the Broadwell chips and how they will compare to Haswell?

    i can guarantee a minor performance improvement of 5-10% hehe :)
    Reply
  • JD88
    11733112 said:
    "Skylake, the PC chip to follow Broadwell, won't be delayed, he said."

    That's a pretty bold promise to make. How can he possibly be sure that something *won't* go wrong?

    It's a lot less likely because it will also be made on the same 14nm process.
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  • JD88
    11733176 said:
    I read this right after the article of Windows 8 Ends Support In 2 Years.
    Both articles have misleading titles and tomshardware needs to fix it.

    If you'll notice both of these articles have the same author.

    Kevin does this all the time. Embellishes or adds emphasis in places in order to make the article seem more relevant or newsworthy.

    He posted the Surface Pro article earlier which was also inaccurate in terms of content and mistakenly listed the Surface 2 as costing less than $100.

    This is not the quality journalism that Toms is known for.
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  • dgingeri
    Yeah, right, they're pushing it back because of an issue. The real reason they're pushing it back is because they don't have any competition and can slow down their development cycle and make more money from their current designs. Once again, we're stuck with slower advancement because AMD hasn't been able to keep up.
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  • digiex
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20131015230058_Intel_Delays_Mass_Production_of_Next_Generation_Microprocessor_by_One_Quarter.html

    FTW!
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