Intel’s Broadwell now scheduled for 2014
In a new roadmap is seems that Intel will focus a lot on Ultrabook and “2-in-1” devices. Intersting is Intel’s desktop efforts on 2014 for the Z97, which will be based on a refreshed Haswell architecture. Intel is also planning to launch Ivy Bridge – E in September, which should take the architecture to the 4.0 GHz level on turbo. Come H2 2014, its forecasted that Intel will refresh the channel with Haswell-E that features DDR4.
Now, Broadwell basically is a die shrink of Haswell transformed to a 14 nanometer silicon fab process. Added with some optimizations of course.
Intel will still use the LGA 1150 pin for 2013-2014. Intel’s U and Y series of chips will have SATA 3 and USB 3 support, as expected. This roadmap reinforces the fact that Intel is pushing hard towards the mobile sector. The PC market is shrinking fast, and Intel is all too aware of this. Its presence at Computex was defined by its push into ARM’s territory: tablets and in the near future smartphones. If Intel wants to take on ARM it will need to lower the TDP of its mobile chips. Its making some inroads with 14 nm Haswell and Broadwell, but ARM still seems to be a step ahead with the IP in its pipeline reports vr-zone.
Intel is pushing the fact that its Crescent Bay platform on its Broadwell architecture has sub-5W TDP, is fanless and has a battery life of 10 hours for web browsing or 8 hours of 1080p video watching. Once devices with Intel’s new mobile chips hit the market, we’ll see how they perform against ARM’s best offerings. For Intel, a lot is riding on the success of these chips so expect nothing but a fight as it tries to win market share away from ARM.