The technology industry has delivered a few shockers over the years, but this one ranks among the very best of the bunch. Intel’s recent CPU strategy has drawn a fair amount of criticism from several corners.
And it appears that things are not going to get any better.
The story goes like this. In a perfect world, the Broadwell CPUs could (and should) have been here around now. Intel likes to release new processors well before summer, well before the Back to School season officially kicks off.
This is to have new devices on the store shelves for this important shopping period.
But thanks to some bothersome trouble advancing from the 22nm process to the 14nm node, manufacturing had to be delayed. And although Intel CEO recently promised that Broadwell based devices will be here by the end of the year, fact is that things aren’t going all that well here.
After the launch being pushed back to the end of the year, it seems that the arrival is now set for the second quarter of 2015. At least, according to the grapevine.
Interestingly, Intel plans to release both the Broadwell and its successor, the Skylake microarchitecture around the same time. Well, a few months apart, that is.
This roadmap, if accurate, will make both processors will compete against one another. And Broadwell, in particular, will be one of the most short-lived family of CPUs, if not the most.
Which is important because Microsoft, will, in all probability, use them in the next generation Surface Pro tablets. The last thing Redmond needs is a delay in these newer chips. A severe delay like this.
Perhaps that is the reason why it has launched the Surface Pro 3?