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Intel's Skylake processors could be delayed, despite what Intel said earlier

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November 5, 2014

Some reports are coming from Asia and they are suggesting that Intel's Skylake processors may be delayed, in spite of Intel's September promise that it would ship on time.

At IDF 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said Skylake would land in developers' hands early in 2015, well ahead of shipping “by the second half of the year”.

If you take that to mean early in the third quarter, then Digitimes disagrees. Digitimes' Joanne Chien writes that the schedule will be held back so as not to affect sales of Broadwell-based notebooks.

That's not a definite slip, but the report claims that “Intel has set the RTM schedule for the Skylake to the 37 to 47th weeks of 2015 (the end of August to the end of October)”.

The later schedule could hurt Windows 10 notebook sales, because Skylake-based models won't be able to reach retail until late September, at best.

It could be that Intel left itself some wiggle room in September for a later shipping date without exposing itself to accusations of breaking its promises.

In August of this year, Intel reaffirmed plans to start shipments of its next-generation code-named “Broadwell” microprocessors in late 2014 and to make them available in mass quantities in 2015.

The announcement was made to persuade investors and partners that there will be no further delays with Intel’s new products as well as the roll-out of 14 nm process technology.

As expected, the first processors based on the Broadwell micro-architecture will be the Core M chips that will be on shelves for the holiday selling season followed by broader OEM availability in the first half of 2015.

Core i-series processors for mobile and desktop PCs will become available in 2015, just like projected.

Intel also revealed that its architects and chip designers have achieved greater than two times reduction in the thermal design point (TDP) when compared to a previous generation of processor while providing comparable performance and longer battery life.

The company did not reveal exact TDPs of its upcoming Core M microprocessors. We'll keep you in the loop.

Source: Intel.

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