Intel signals move away from product cycle “ticking”
Intel has ended the product development cycle “ticking”, according to a new shareholder file (via The motley madman). Rather than relying on an update cycle that goes from a major overhaul one year to more minor improvements the next year (the ticking), Intel says it will instead focus on a new cycle. “Process-Architecture-Optimization”:
As part of our R&D efforts, we plan to introduce a new Intel Core microarchitecture for desktops, laptops (including Ultrabook devices and 2-in-1 systems), and regular-clocking Intel Xeon processors. We plan to extend the useful life of our 14nm processing technologies and our next generation 10nm, further optimizing our products and processing technologies while meeting the annual market pace for product launches.
Intel’s change in pace likely reflects the difficulty in keeping pace with major architecture revisions every two years. As part of the upcoming new round, Intel has announced its intention to introduce a new product based on its 14nm process under the code name “Kaby Lake”. As the third product based on the 14nm process, Intel claims that Kaby Lake will offer performance improvements over current Skylake chips.
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For those who are waiting for the next one fat move, Intel says it is also developing its next-gen 10nm process, which is expected to debut in 2017.