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Intel's 14nm Broadwell chip will be delayed, says Krzanich

Will likely arrive in the first half of 2015
Wed Oct 16 2013, 12:22

CHIPMAKER Intel has admitted to delays in bringing its next generation 14nm chip codenamed Broadwell to market.

The firm's CEO Brian Krzanich revealed the news during a conference call on Tuesday, telling investors that the chipmaker has fallen behind its original estimate of a release within a year.

Intel shows off Broadwell chip on stage at IDF

"We continue to make progress with the industry's first 40nm manufacturing process and our second generation 3D transistors. Broadwell, the first product on 14nm is up and running as we demonstrated at Intel Developer Forum, last month," Krzanich said during the call.

"While we are comfortable with where we are at with yields, from a timing standpoint, we are about a quarter behind our projections. As a result, we are now planning to begin production in the first quarter of next year."

This should probably push market timings for Broadwell to the beginning of 2015, as opposed to "by the end of 2014" as was originally proimised.

Based on 14nm chip microarchitecture, Broadwell is expected to bring 30 percent improvements in PC power efficiency. The chip was introduced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) at San Francisco last month, where Krzanich revealed that the chipmaker has been working on the chip with the goal of "shipping by the end of next year".

Krzanich claimed that Broadwell is likely to bring the same sort of performance improvements that we saw with the introduction of the Haswell microarchitecture over Ivy Bridge.

During the conference call, Krzanich told investors that Intel's NAND flash business has grown 20 percent over last year, with enterprise and data centre customers' increasing use of high-performance system on chip (SoC) processors helping to increase sales in this segment "on a path to double-digit growth for the year".

However, Intel reported a small drop in profits for the third quarter this year, caused by a slackening PC market. The firm reported net income of $2.95bn (around £1.86bn) for the three months through September, compared to $2.97bn (£1.85bn) in the same period last year.

Intel's desktop computer division also saw sales fall 3.5 percent. µ

 

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