Intel’s 14nm Broadwell generation of CPUs had previously been on track to launch in Q3 of 2014 but it appears that this may now not happen as VR-Zone reports Intel are experiencing delays. The delays are selective and some parts remain unaffected. Let’s start with the good news which is that the M series and all the desktop parts of the Haswell Refresh will arrive as scheduled. The Z97 chipset is expected to launch in May 2014 while Haswell-refresh CPUs in the desktop and M series will go on sale from mid-April. These CPUs are not affected by the Broadwell delay at all despite earlier speculation. Please note that the Haswell refresh is not the same as Broadwell but in the desktop market they will both share the new Z97/H97 chipset and LGA 1150 socket so there are some similarities. Haswell refresh is still 22nm Haswell but more refined while Broadwell is a reduction in process size from 22nm to 14nm.
Now onto the bad news which is that the Y, U and H series of Broadwell CPUs have all been delayed. The Y series sees the Core i5 5220Y and Core i3 4030Y “Haswell Refresh” CPUs still arriving in Q3 but the Broadwell processors in the series will not arrive until the fourth quarter at the earliest with many more parts arriving in Q1 of 2015. In the U series it is a similar story with most Broadwell parts pushed back to either Q4 of 2014 or Q1 of 2015 but Haswell refresh parts will still arrive this year in Q3 In the H series the Broadwell parts will not arrive until Q1 of 2015 while all the scheduled Haswell refresh parts should launch in Q2 and Q3 of this year.
The delay of the Broadwell U series is expected to cause problems for Apple who will have to delay the release of their new MacBook Air products, though the delay will be segment specific because not all U series parts are delayed by the same amount. For those wondering about H97/Z97 and the Haswell refresh parts for the desktop apparently their isn’t much change over the current desktop Haswell “stuff”. The Haswell refresh parts will mostly just boast a slight speed bump while the H97/Z97 motherboards are rumoured to bring nothing new to the market. As a result VR-Zone expects demand for the new Haswell chipset and refresh parts to be sluggish. In the mobile market it is much of the same for Haswell refresh – mild speed bumps and more mature processors which should give better power consumption.
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