Tuesday, June 10th 2014

Intel Desktop CPU Roadmap Updated

Intel's presentation for Italian technology conference 3D Revolution 2014 was leaked to the web, revealing the company's most up-to-date desktop CPU roadmap, which looks deep into 2015. It reveals a wealth of new information. To begin with the HEDT (high-end desktop) segment, Intel plans to drag Core i7 "Ivy Bridge-E" through Q3-2014, and launch its succeeding Core i7 "Haswell-E" processor close to Q4-2014, or late into Q3, which would pin its launch some time in September 2014. "Haswell-E" is built in the new socket LGA2011-3 package, and is supported exclusively by Intel X99 Express chipset. It also heralds DDR4 memory to the consumer space. "Haswell-E" will have its reign till late-Q3 2015, when Intel plans to launch Core i7 "Broadwell-E," which is built in the same package, and supported by the same X99 platform, but based on a swanky new 14 nm silicon.

Things get interesting with the company's mainline desktop processors. Intel recently launched its "Haswell" Refresh silicon, and is bound to launch their unlocked variants, codenamed "Devil's Canyon," on the 25th of June. Built in the LGA1150 package, "Haswell" Refresh runs on both 8-series and 9-series chipset. Intel's 9-series chipset was originally designed to launch alongside the company's first processors built on the 14 nm silicon fab process, codenamed "Broadwell," which is an optical shrink of "Haswell," with a few minor tweaks and speed bumps, just as "Ivy Bridge" was to "Sandy Bridge." Intel's "Broadwell" chips are now expected to debut in Q1-2015, probably along the sidelines of the 2015 International CES. These chips will be supported by existing LGA1150 motherboards, some with BIOS updates.

In mid-2015, probably around the same time as Computex 2015, Intel plans to debut its next-generation Core "Skylake" processors. Notice that "Skylake" launches less than six months apart from "Broadwell." It looks like Intel will launch unlocked "K" series parts of "Broadwell" in Q1, but reserve unlocked "K" series "Skylake" chips for 2016, so overclockers are stuck with "Broadwell." It's also important to note that just as every new micro-architecture heralds a new CPU socket, "Skylake" will bring with it the new LGA1151 socket, which is incompatible with LGA1150.

Moving further down to the U-segment (ultra-low power desktop), in which chips that don't exceed 25W TDP are positioned, Intel plans to launch "Broadwell" based BGA chips in a couple of months from now, followed by "Skylake" based BGA chips in mid-2015. The entry-level J-segment processors sees the scrapping of the Atom brand, with Celeron and Pentium "BayTrail-D" extending till late-December, and "Braswell-D" taking charge of the lineup in early-2015.
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34 Comments on Intel Desktop CPU Roadmap Updated

#1
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Am I the only person who thinks the images look like they were made with MS Paint? It doesn't look like something Intel would typically release, looks too amateurish imho.
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#2
The Von Matrices
by: mikeangs2004
That's total nonsense. Broadwell doesn't necessary imply enthusiast desktop versions.
Look at the first image. "Broadwell K SKUs" is clearly marked.

I think what the OP is missing is that the roadmap indicates it will be 6 months between when Skylake is released and when the enthusiast Skylake "K" chips are released. So if you want an unlocked chip, it will still be a year after Broadwell "K" is released before you can get a Skylake "K". It makes buying Broadwell "K" a bit more worthwhile, albeit only due to an artificially imposed delay.
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#3
Hitman_Actual
by: Patriot
You can get 14c with HW-E ... If you want more cores Xeons always have them waiting...
It will be happening. 14nm can host as many cores as the tech evolves.
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#4
Hitman_Actual
by: Disruptor4
Skylake just in time for Star Citizen!
Hell yah! what do you think of AC so far?

I'm diggin it. Just need trackIR support to hurry up and deploy;

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#6
sweet
Oh, Braswell. Bras... well. It is Intel Inside bras... well :))
Best name ever.
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#7
revanchrist
by: mikeangs2004
That's total nonsense. Broadwell doesn't necessary imply enthusiast desktop versions.
Your statement is the real nonsense. Did i even mention enthusiast CPU you idiot? Please read before you post else it makes you look real stupid.
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#8
[XC] Oj101
I've been a bit out of the loop, is there any news on the Xeon E5-2699 v3? If it's unlocked...

Who'm I kidding, I'll probably upgrade anyway.
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#9
xvi
I like how everyone's here having intelligent discussions about the new chips and I'm just sitting here thinking "I probably couldn't afford them therefore these are all stupid."

I was pleasantly surprised by a lower end Bay Trail-powered laptop at work though. Seems like Intel is making some progress. The tick-tock cycle seems to be a good one and these tocks (refreshes) are still important. If I'm not mistaken, it goes new architecture, die shrink, new architecture, die shrink. The refreshes might seem like they don't make much progress performance wise, but they are important.
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