Intel delays 14nm Broadwell processor launch until Q1 2014

A Windows 8.1 notebook from HP that used a Broadwell processor was shown at IDF in September.

Intel has announced that a major new processor design that was planned for new Windows 8.1 PCs won't be coming out by the end of 2013 as previously announced. As part of its quarterly financial conference call with analysts, Intel admitted that the 14nm "Broadwell" chip won't enter production until the first quarter of 2014.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told the analysts who participated in the conference call (which can be listened to at Intel's investor site) that a "defect density issue" had caused issues with processor yields. However, he added that the issue has now been fixed and that production will begin in early 2014. He stated, "This is a small blip in the schedule, and we'll continue on from here."

Just one month ago, Krzanich showed off a Windows 8.1 notebook prototype from HP that was running on a Broadwelll chip during the company's IDF conference. At the time, Intel was promoting the chip as the key to giving notebook, tablets and hybrid PCs better performance combined with longer battery life. A recent rumor claims that Intel will not bring the Broadwell chip design to desktop PCs.

Source: Intel | Image via HP

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Haswell-E is where it's at.

Broadwell is going to be yet another architecture that offers minimal gains over Haswell, which offered minimal gains over Ivybridge, which offered minimal gains over Sandybridge. An overclocked Intel processor from back in 2005 still offers better performance than a stock processor nowadays, at least in games which is one of the major reasons enthusiasts invest in processors.

My overclocked Core i5 750 paired with a 670 and 8gb of ram can still run all games at max settings 1080p perfectly

I wonder if next gen console will finally make it obsolete ...

For your interest: "In 2012, AMD announced that it will produce systems on a chip based on the 64-bit ARM core for servers by 2014".

68k said,
For your interest: "In 2012, AMD announced that it will produce systems on a chip based on the 64-bit ARM core for servers by 2014".

Right There between the lines.

Steve121178 said,
More like "Delayed due to lack of competition"

They've got competition in the mobile sector. They need this chip design to improve the battery efficiency of their CPUs to compete with ARM and AMD.

I believe most of the high end ARM chips are 28nm at the moment, with 20nm chips coming at some point next year, supposedly.

ARM is different to intel though in that they just provide the chip design, albeit optimised for a certain process node, and then it's up to other companies the implement the design and manufacture the chips on whichever manufacturing process they choose. A large portion of ARM chips are manufactured by TSMC and Samsung, and they are lagging behind Intel in manufacturing technology.