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Manufacturing Issues Push Intel’s Broadwell CPUs to Early 2014

Posted by Jim Tanous on October 17, 2013
Intel Broadwell Delay 2014

Intel’s next processor architecture, codenamed “Broadwell,” will be delayed until early next year due to a manufacturing issue. The architecture, originally slated for release in the final quarter of 2013, is a 14 nanometer variant of the Haswell architecture, which debuted in June.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich delivered the news this week during the company’s third quarter earnings call, citing a “defect density issue” as the reason for the delay. The company claims to have already solved the problem, but will need the extra time to make up lost manufacturing ground. “We have confidence the problem is fixed because we have data it is fixed,” Mr. Krzanich told investors. “This happens sometimes in development phases like this. That’s why we moved it a quarter.”

Broadwell represents a “tick” to Haswell’s “tock” in Intel’s long-running development strategy. It promises to deliver up to 30 percent better power efficiency and will be primarily targeted at mobile devices and small, integrated computers such as Ultrabooks and all-in-one desktops.

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