Intel Rumored To Launch Skylake and Broadwell Desktop Processors In Q2 2015

Intel Rumored To Launch Skylake and Broadwell Desktop Processors In Q2 2015

It looks like Intel’s recent delay to their Devil’s Canyon and Broadwell
processors might have disrupted the Tick-Tock model since the company
is now rumored to introduce both Skylake and Broadwell desktop
processors in second quarter of 2015 (Q2 2015).

Intel Rumored To Launch Skylake and Broadwell Desktop Processors In Q2 2015

While Intel launched their 22nm Haswell processors last year (Tock),
they were supposed to introduce Broadwell early this year however due to
issues in 14nm production, the launch was halted till late 2014. Hence,
this year, we have only seen an updated Haswell lineup in the form of
the Haswell Refresh along with the 9-Series chipset platform. The
9-Series chipset was prepared specifically for Broadwell but due to
launch delays, Intel tried into convincing their desktop users with new
Refresh and the upcoming Devil’s Canyon processors which have been moved
to Q3 2014 and would only be paper launched on 2nd June at Computex.
This pits their launch right next to Haswell-E which is Intel’s next
generation and high-performance HEDT platform.

With first round of Broadwell chips aimed towards mobility platforms
such as AIOs, Ultrabooks, Notebooks, etc, Intel would release their
Broadwell socketed processors not until Q1 or even Q2 2015. Now here’s
the interesting thing, It is mentioned by CPUWorld that at the same
time, Intel would launch their Skylake processors which are the latest
Tock of Intel’s microarchitecture family. The 14nm processors would be
vastly different compared to Broadwell since they feature a new
architecture. What this essentially means is that both Broadwell
processors and Skylake processors would launch around the same time
which raises questions on the longevity of Intel’s 9-Series but on the
other hand, they will already be completing a one year life cycle so it
does make sense for Intel to launch their 100-Series platform in Q2 2015
with the arrival of Skylake.

The Intel Skylake processors would be compatible with the latest 100 Series chipset which
will replace the (soon to launch) Z97 and H97 chipsets which will be
part of 9-Series chip-sets. This means that the upcoming processors will
require a new motherboard that features the 100-Series chip-set and we
will probably see a new socket too that replaces the current LGA 1150
socket. This is good news but this also means that current users or
those who are upgrading to Z97 soon will have to upgrade their PCs again
moving in2015 if they want to take advantage of the new processors and
DDR4 memory.

It should be pointed that the Intel will launch their Haswell Refresh
processors on 10th May followed by Devil’s Canyon on 2nd June 2014
which is the codename for the Haswell Refresh K-Series featuring better
TIM between the IHS and CPU die to circulate heat efficiency and better
packaging components so that they can overclock to more extent as
compared to Haswell. Soon after Haswell, we will see the launch of
Intel’s HEDT Haswell-E plat-form which will replace Ivy Bridge-E and
introduce DDR4, X99 Chipset and the latest LGA 2011-3 socket based
motherboards. Moving in 2014, we will see the first 14nm Broadwell
processors for desktop in Q1 featuring the support on current Z97
chipset motherboards.

The platform roadmap pits Skylake desktop parts in 2015 which means
that Broadwell would be short lived and we probably won’t see a
Refreshed platform like Haswell for Broadwell and instead move directly
towards the Intel Skylake processors which will feature new
architectural enhancements compared to Haswell and Broadwell.

Moving on with the details, there are several CPU configurations
mentioned in the chart not only of Skylake but also Haswell Refresh and
Broadwell. The configurations list the following:

Intel Skylake / Broadwell / Haswell Refresh Configuration Chart:

Now these are interesting considering that Skylake will feature GT4e
graphics in addition to support for DDR4 memory. Intel Skylake
processors will boast a totally new architecture considering they are a
Tock when it comes to the Intel Tick-Tock model. The GT4e graphics will
feature graphics improvement with more execution units compared to
Broadwell which from leaked details is
said to mention 48 EUs on GT3e and 24 EUs on GT2 level processors.
Broadwell will also be the first processor to introduce GT3e graphics
with on-die eDRAM cache on desktop level. Haswell refresh series will
also come in different variants such as H/Y/U/S series but will not have
many improvements since its based on the same Haswell architecture
which launched last year.

The most notable thing is that Intel will actually feature support
for DDR3 memory on the Y and U series Skylake chips while the others
including desktop processors will support DDR4 memory as confirmed
several times before.

We will also get several new Wireless technology on the 100-Series
chipset such as Snowfield Peak (WiFi + Blue-tooth) replacing Wilkins
Peak, Douglas Peak (WiGig+ WiFi + BT) replacing Stone Peak and Maple
Peak and the Pine Peak plus WWAN LTE chips (XMM 726x) replacing the WWAN
XMM7160) for wireless connectivity.  Intel is also introducing the
latest Alpine Ridge thunderbolt controller with Skylake pushing speeds
of 40Gb/s, double that of last generation. For LAN, Intel will introduce
Jacksonville to replace Clarksville.

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